Fit & Fabulous 2017 Health & Wellness

Fit & Fabulous: 5 easy ways to lower your stress in under a minute

March 29, 2017

There are times when we are feeling stressed and just don’t have time for a full on workout.   I was reading a health magazine and it mentioned one-minute stress tips  It made me think about what strategies I could use to reduce stress quickly.

Here are 5 easy ways to lower your stress in under a minute


Concentrating on your breathing actually works!  My husband and I recently attended a Wellness Day and we spent some time examining our breathing and our we use our breath.  It can be a powerful tool in reducing your stress levels. Next time you are feeling anxious or stressed try this breathing technique:

Breathe in slowly and deeply through the nose for 3 seconds.  Feel the breath go right down into your belly and your chest rise.  Then exhale through the mouth with a ‘whooshing’ sound for 3 seconds.   While you are breathing out think ‘RELAX’ and empty all your breath.

Repeat for a minute or two

Listen to your favourite song

Nothing reduces my stress levels than an ABBA song or any of my favourite pieces of music.  Classical music can be soothing.  Why not make a playlist and when you are up to ’99’ on the stress scale pop your earphones in and listen to your favourite tunes.

Keep your favourite photograph nearby

Do you have a photograph that reminds you of a happy moment in your life?  Perhaps you have one of a tropical island with white sand, palm trees and calming water lapping at the shore.  Daydream for a moment, clear your mind of stress and concentrate on the photo to restore calm.

Drink some herbal tea

A cup of herbal tea such as Ginseng or Chamomile will help to relieve the stress and tension.

Aromatherapy & Essential Oils

Studies have shown that certain essential oils have properties which can relieve stress.   Frankinscence, lavendar, chamomile and bergamot all have calming qualities.  Keep a small bottle and put a few drops onto a cotton pad or use in a diffuser to fill the air with calming perfume.

What are you go to ideas for a quick stress relief?

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  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama March 29, 2017 at 11:31

    I keep a peppermint lip balm on my desk, it’s amazing how just applying that helps me breathe and relax – I love the scent too!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:40

      I love the scent of peppermint too Janet. I recently started learning about essential oils and was at a training session. The person next to me gave me some peppermint oil to smell and it really make me feel relaxed but alert.

  • Reply Shirley Corder March 29, 2017 at 18:06

    Thanks for the reminder to get that stress under control! I also do the breathing exercise as you describe. I find it not only makes me feel better in myself, it gets my mind off whatever is stressing me, just for those few minutes, and I return to the topic with a fresh approach.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:38

      Breathing has really helped me Shirley although I only understood it finally this year when I started doing yoga more regularly. Anything to lower the stress is what we need. If I’m stressed and have the time I go for a run but sometimes we don’t have the time so these tips are good then. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Alana March 29, 2017 at 20:24

    I will move around, with music if I have it available. Exercise is such a great stress relief. I keep forgetting about that breathing exercise, which my son was taught in school many years ago.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:35

      If I’m stressed Alana my husband says ‘why don’t you go for a run’ because he knows that exercising makes me feel fabulous. I’ve only recently started to breathe properly and it certainly can calm you down quickly. We can learn from our children can’t we! Have a great day!

  • Reply Beth (GrannyBeth3) March 29, 2017 at 22:13

    Music does the trick for me. It brings me right out of myself. I do the other strategies but the end of feeling like work and don’t relieve the stress the way a good playlist can.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:31

      Music seems a popular way for people to de-stress Beth. I love all music so it could be a Classical piece or ABBA for me LOL:)

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill March 29, 2017 at 23:18

    I love music for soothing and distracting (and de-stressing). I also love looking at a family photo to remind me how blessed I am with my life. It’s so important to just stop and remember how fortunate we are – that is the biggest de-stressor of all.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:29

      I have a photo of myself with the kids, Ian and Ethan from my birthday lunch last year. It is on my phone screen saver so I see it all the time. Anything that makes you smile or give thanks is an instant stress reliever isn’t it?

  • Reply Donna March 30, 2017 at 00:55

    You’ve hit all of my core stress relievers here (music, breathing, photos, tea). I would also add writing (journal, diary, blog, notepad….). It’s a great way to let things out!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:27

      Oh writing is something I don’t really do Donna but yes I suppose getting your feelings out onto paper helps as well. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day. x

  • Reply Grammy Dee March 30, 2017 at 06:24

    Breathe and essential oil, my 2 choices. Thanks Sue for sharing this post at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared it on social media.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:24

      I’m learning about essential oils Dee and my yoga has finally taught me the importance of breathing. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day x

  • Reply Debbie March 30, 2017 at 07:28

    I try to sit quietly and read, it helps me calm down. Great tips Sue! I’m

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:23

      I agree Debbie getting lost in a good book helps me to relax and unwind. Have a great day. x

  • Reply Barefoot Warrior March 30, 2017 at 08:34

    Is it ridiculous that I watch T.V. as a stress relief? I know it sounds ridiculous, but honestly, it totally helps me escape the thoughts that wind me up! Unless of course, I end up watching too much T.V. and get behind on my tasks…….then I’me even more stressed out! 😉

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:45

      No it isn’t ridiculous! I sometimes love to watch trashy reality TV where I can have a laugh and escape the real world. Whatever it takes to help you de-stress is the way to go! By the way do you get Gogglebox where you live? It is the funniest reality show.

  • Reply Ana@CelebratingSunshine April 5, 2017 at 09:26

    These are all great tips! I like to use essential oils, especially lavender oil has a relaxing effect on me. It really works, and it’s fast. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2017 at 06:51

      Hi Ana! I’ve only just started learning about essential oils and hope to bring more to the blog about my learnings. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph November 6, 2018 at 20:33

    These are great reminders, Sue, and there are a few I don’t typically try, so I will keep this list close. Listening to a favorite song, stopping to look at a treasured photo, and stepping out for a short walk usually work for me. I need to start drinking more tea, though, and checking into essential oils. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2018 at 07:31

      Hi Candi, even though we live healthy lives we can always learn from others can’t we? I’m always on the look out for different ideas to help manage stress and help me enjoy life. I’m glad you found something new in my post. Have a beautiful week. xx

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