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Simple Self-Care Practices - 5 Minutes or Less

In the midst of our demanding routines, prioritizing a moment for self-care becomes paramount. Try infusing your day with simple self-care tools that can be used to help take a pause and reset when needed throughout your day. Best of all, each of these tips requires no more than 5 minutes of your time.

Take a Breathing Break:

"4-7-8 breathing" is a breath pattern based on ancient yogic techniques, putting you in a relaxed state almost instantly. It's surprisingly simple!

  • Exhale completely and through your mouth, creating a whooshing sound.

  • Inhale slowly and quietly through your nose for a count of four.

  • Hold your breath for a seven-count.

  • Exhale through your mouth, making the whoosh sound again, for a count of eight.

  • Repeat this cycle three times. You will feel refreshed and focused

Tea Time:

Tea, containing theanine, can improve cognition and induce relaxation. Combat the afternoon desire for a nap without the dehydrating effects of another cup of coffee. Brew your favorite tea, savor the moment, and let it serve as a quiet pause in your day—a chance to gather your thoughts, breathe, and prepare for the evening and bedtime routines.

Treat Yourself with Dark Chocolate:

Combat afternoon cravings with a small piece of dark chocolate. The flavonoids in cocoa have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve mood, and potentially increase mental focus.

Listen To Music:

Listening to music is an easy and convenient way to relieve stress, with documented benefits on physiological functions. It slows the pulse and heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and decreases stress hormone levels.

Take a Yoga Break:

A single yoga pose, done with mindful breathing and intent, can change the way you feel instantly. Reset with a simple forward fold. This pose calms your mind and stretches the entire back side of your body. Basic yoga poses can make a world of difference when you want to reset and get back to center.

Give these simple tips a try—reclaim your energy and make the most of today!

Meet the Author: Sara Clem, a seasoned wellness professional with over 10 years of experience, is a certified expert in Yoga, Mindfulness, and Forest Bathing. At Salveo Yoga, her passion is evident in a diverse array of meticulously crafted programs tailored to all ages and abilities, inviting everyone to embark on a journey to Be Well!

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