Your life can get tedious and uneventful with all same things happening day after day. Your health could deteriorate by unhealthy habits, and your mind can get crazy thinking of all the things you have to do before time runs out. Sit back and take five minutes to relax and let go of everything. It feels good, doesn’t it?
You don’t have to make drastic changes so your life takes a sudden shift. Five minutes, that’s all it takes, to change your life for the better. You can do each of these simple things in just five minutes and reap the many benefits for years.
1. A Five-Minute Run
Whether slow or fast, and in a short or long period, running can greatly improve your overall health.
It will not only help you stay in shape by burning off those extra calories, but it can help prevent diseases, relieve stress and eliminate depression.
Running boosts the immune system, increases the levels of good cholesterol in the body and is an excellent exercise for the heart and lungs. When you are stressed out, running is a good way to release the extra energy caused by the stress hormones.
When you are feeling blue, running triggers the release of “happy hormones” from the brain, and it takes your focus away from the things that are making you depressed.
Now is the time to put your running shoes into good use. With just a five-minute run or jog a day, you can reap all its health benefits. Get started right away and slowly add more minutes to your routine over the course of time.
2. A Five-Minute Workout
Sometimes workout ads can work the other way. Instead of getting people to stay fit, the complex routines seem too time-consuming, so that it is impossible to fit them in with busy schedules.
Staying active need not be complicated and long. In just five minutes, you can complete a series of simple exercises to wake your sleeping muscles and bones.
During each minute in five minutes, you can do squats, jumping jacks, push-ups, lunges and leg swings with a 10-second rest in between. You can choose other simple exercises that can fit in your five-minute daily exercises. Yes, it is easy, but it is much better than not exercising at all.
3. A Five-Minute Declutter
It’s hard to concentrate when everything around you is a mess. Whether at the office or home, clutters are distracting and can affect your productivity and efficiency.
Looking for a lost file in heaps of scattered paper works can cause stress and will consume your time. A cluttered desk first thing in the morning can ruin your mood throughout the day.
Take just five minutes of your time to get your things in place at the end of your day everyday, and you will find that it’s easier to stay focused on the task at hand when your desk is organized. Set a timer and go for it. You’ll be amazed at what you can get done in just five minutes.
4. A Five-Minute Office Mobility Routine
Exercise or “exercere,” in Latin means to get busy. Sure, sitting at your desk for hours scrambling on paperwork, answering calls,
staring at the computer and sending emails is a way of getting busy, but, it is certainly not a form of exercise.
Sitting for hours will store fat instead of burn it. It increases your risk for eye strain, poor posture, and neck and back pain.
Work is important, and so is your health. You don’t have to choose one and sacrifice the other. You can get active during working hours, and it is simple that you do not have to leave the office. A routine of neck, hip, ankle and wrist rotations, shoulder and arm circles, as well as squats and leg stretches will not only ease tensions in your body, but it can reduce stress and helps you regain your focus.
All it takes is five minutes of each hour at your desk to get this routine done. No sweat.
5. Five Minutes To Tidy Your Bed
The thing you should do first thing in the morning is tidy up your bed. A study revealed that sleeping in a tidy bed with clean, fresh sheets is one of the top 50 on the list of things that make people feel great and happy.
Tidying your bed every day creates a peaceful environment in your bedroom, a sanctuary after a stressful day.
Plus, it can help you sleep better. Why does it work so well in the morning? This is so you’ll have one less thing to worry about throughout the day, and it won’t even take five minutes of your precious time.
6. A Five-Minute Hack To Happiness
Before going to sleep, spend your five minutes writing about the good things that happened during the day.
If you hate writing, you can take down mental notes, instead. Focusing on the good things, big or small, helps you think positive and do positive things, too.
However, not every day is a good day. If you had a bad day, spend the five minutes talking your emotions out to a friend or a loved one. It is much better to confide in someone than keep the anger and hurt bottled up inside of you.
7. A Five-Minute Journey To Inner Peace
With the demands of your daily life, from work to family, and everything in between, stress and fatigue can easily take over your mind and body.
Too often, you feel like there is so much that needs to be done and yet there is not enough time to get everything done.
Take a breather. Through meditation, you can let go of these negative thoughts and emotions and allow some inner peace and positivity to take over you.
Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Breathe normally and focus your attention on your breathing. Feel the movements of your chest, ribcage and belly with each breath as you let your thoughts drift away. If your mind starts to wander, regain your focus by repeating the process again. You can do this for at least five minutes a day and try it in extended periods later on.
8. The Five-Minute List
Not even Superman with his superpowers can do everything all at once, so go easy on yourself. Filling your mind with all the things you need to do leads to confusion and tiredness before you can even get moving.
Make a list of your to-do things with the most important tasks on the top, with the things that can wait in the middle, and the unnecessary things at the bottom. Tackle each as you work your way down to the bottom.
Changes do not have to be huge to get rid of your bad habits. Sometimes, big problems only need meager solutions. Buy chipping away at them little by little, you can get a lot accomplished in your busy life.