Just relax. It sounds so easy, right? It’s that simple. Just relax…

relaxed yet? Of course not. In this day and age, with the world at our fingertips (and countless platforms detailing the lives of our friends who are all living far more glamorous lives than us causing FOMO, not to mention the constant pings and bright screens) relaxing takes way more effort than it used to take. It’s hard to just turn it off. We are always on. Knowing that the days of quiet mornings or solo trail runs are gone, I need quick and easy exercises that can help me shift my attitude immediately. Although not an expert in relaxing, these are 8 tried and true exercises I do when I need a minute, a moment, a quiet space to think. What are your tips and tricks to relax?

GET OUTSIDE.

This is a no brainer. Fresh air is an instant attitude shifter.

LOSE YOUR PHONE.

I love nothing more than when I realize I have no idea where my phone is because I haven’t used it for an hour. Best feeling ever because I’ve truly been present for whatever it is I was doing. I need to lose my phone more often.

BREATHE.

Deep, yoga breaths are what got me through an unmedicated labor. Sit somewhere for one minute, closer your eyes and breathe. I feel balanced, rested, and calm when I’m done with this exercise.

EAT WHOLE FOODS.

Not at Whole Foods but eat real, whole foods. I feel better when I eat clean. Food is not only our body’s fuel but can truly heal most ailments.

MAKE YOUR BED.

Who doesn’t love crawling into a made bed only to mess it up? I try and make the bed every morning before I leave the house. One little task makes me feel so accomplished. Clean sheets is a bonus!

PHONE A FRIEND.

If you’re like me, (re)connecting with friends is always on the top of my to do list and sadly, always pushed back down on the list. This weekend’s phone call turns into next weekend’s phone call, etc. Text your friend, set a time to call, put it in your calendar and stick to it. Catching up with a long, lost friend will leave you feeling complete, I guarantee it.

INVEST IN YOUR SCENT.

I have very strong aversions to smells, like I hate most scents and I’m usually left with a headache. Turns out, I needed to stop lighting candles and buy a diffuser. Find your scent and invest.

GO FOR A DRIVE OR A LONG WALK.

This one is for my husband. I’m the walker, he’s the driver. I never loved the idea of going for a long drive but it’s his thing when he needs a moment. I recently joined him, and I get it now. You get lost in the music, the sights, the sunset, until you realize whatever it was you were stressed about, has left.

Featured Image by Katie Jameson