Easy Stress Relief: 5 Ways To Decompress In Just 5 Minutes

04/24/2013 08:43am ET
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In our new series, "Time Out," we'll be sharing ways to make stress relief fit your schedule -- no matter how much or little time you have. Whether it's one minute or a whole day, there are easy, accessible de-stressors to help you unwind and recharge, no extra money or energy involved.

On a particularly hectic day, it might feel like you don't have even a moment to spare to take a quick refresher and step away from your email, kids or all the other responsibilities demanding your attention. A full five minutes to decompress may seem unthinkable. But really, five minutes is less than 1 percent of your day -- and taking that time to unwind can go a long way in helping you return to your activities feeling calm, centered and more productive.

Finding ways to reduce tension and anxiety should never add to your stress: Try these easy, do-anywhere de-stressors in the slideshow below to help calm your mind and body in just five minutes. Only got a minute? Click here.

Tell us: What's your favorite quick stress reliever? Share your thoughts in the comments or Tweet @HealthyLiving.

5 Ways To De-Stress In 5 Minutes