5 Ways to Chill Out When You Only Have 10 Minutes

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Photo Credit: Susana Ramirez

January 22, 2021

By Beth Lipton

When was the last time you were able to really, truly, totally relax? If you can’t remember when that was, we’re here to help. While you might want an hour (or more) or downtime, the truth is, if you use the time strategically, 10 minutes is enough to take the edge off your stress.

Here are some good ways to relax when the clock is ticking. (Hint: Scrolling social media isn’t on the list).

1. Do some yoga.

No, 10 minutes isn’t enough time for a full class, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reap some of the stress-relieving benefits. Honestly, you don’t even need 10 minutes. Do a few forward bends while you wait for your pasta to boil. Or grab a 5-minute savasana in between meetings.

Try it: 10-Minute Calming Yoga

2. Take some deep breaths.

Your mom probably told you to take deep breaths to calm down, and she was right (thanks, Mom). Need proof? The Navy SEALs have their own deep-breathing technique. No matter how stressful your day is, we bet theirs is more so. The takeaway? If they believe in deep-breathing, it’s worth a try.

Try it: Navy SEALs Breathing Techniques

3. Try guided meditation.

The key to meditation is to start small — and get some guidance. Just a few minutes can help you center yourself and bring your awareness to the present, calming you down.

Try it: Come to Your Senses

4. Go for a brisk walk.

Yes, even 10 minutes of brisk walking can help you chill out, research suggests. Plus, regular exercise also helps keep depression and anxiety at bay.

Try it: 12 Super-Simple Ways to Add More Nature to Your Day

5. Call someone.

Having social support helps in two ways: It can relieve stress in the moment, and it can build your resilience to future stresses. Pretty cool, right? Reach out to your bestie, or consider talking to a stranger who is also stuck at home.

Try it: Have a Surprise Conversation