5 quick anti-stress exercises you can try right now

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Try these exercises to help you relax anytime, anywhere.

Seven breaths

Take 7 breaths, exhaling for longer than you inhale.

Count ‘1’ as you inhale. Then as you exhale, count ‘2, 3, 4’ and so on up to 7.

Subtle soften

Notice how you are holding your body and concentrate on relaxing one part.

For example, are your shoulders or jaw tense or stiff? Relax them. Feel your muscles easing.

One OK thought

Think of something that makes you feel happy, safe, fulfilled or appreciated.

Let the thought stay in your mind, and take a moment to believe and enjoy it.


Take a moment and find:

  • 5 things you can see
  • 4 things you can touch
  • 3 things you can hear
  • 2 things you can smell
  • 1 thing you can taste.

Name it

Find a pen and paper.

Write down a word or 2 to describe the emotion you’re feeling right now.