Try This 5-Minute Exercise to De-Stress—Stat

Sophie Miura
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A quick glance at your daily schedule can be enough to induce stress. Between work deadlines, meetings, family responsibilities, and finding time to take care of our health, it's no wonder Americans are a stressed out bunch. In fact, according to a Work Stress Study, 83% of us struggle with everyday pressures. Need a way to deal? Well and Good spoke to Tiffany Cruikshank, Yoga Medicine founder and author of Meditate Your Weight to find a simple method to calm your mind and step away from chaos, if only for a moment. 

Try her five-minute meditation exercise to de-stress at your desk.  

Step 1

"The first part is to observe the breath, acknowledge the sensations in the body, and see if you can detangle them from the mind," says Cruikshank. If you're at your desk, take a moment to detach yourself from work and focus on the rhythm of your breath. 

Step 2

Now, think about a moment when you felt overwhelmed. "Recount a stressful situation or a stressful day—anything recent enough that you can recall it in full detail and really connect to that memory," she says. Notice how your body changes when you recall this memory. "Is it possible to just allow the sensations to exist and to disengage the mind—to just notice and watch them? Take a moment to do this."

Step 3

Acknowledge the sensation of letting discomfort or anxiety pass. "Consider that in the big picture, a month or year from now, you’ll look back on this one little stressful experience and it will be insignificant," says Cruikshank. Bring your awareness back to the present and be conscious that this moment is the most important. 

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