Updated 14 January 2016

The two-minute miracle de-stressor

Being kind to yourself means finding an easy way to relief tension. This exercise may be just what you need, and it only takes two minutes.

The first very easy step that you can take towards wellness is making time every day to be a human being rather than a human ‘doing’.

Learn to unwind

Make this 2-minute stress buster part of your daily routine (or practice it when you’re feeling tense) and feel the tension melt away:

- Simply sit quietly in a chair, feet flat on the floor, hands relaxed in your lap.

- Change your breathing rate, making it deep and slow - the antithesis to stress breathing which is usually fast and shallow. 

- Sit like this for between 2 and 10 minutes.

- When your mind wanders, simply bring your attention back to your deep and slow breathing and continue

This will put you in relaxation mode – as simple as that!

Tip: If you're stressed at work and worry you'll look silly doing this exercise at your desk, do it in the bathroom.

Remember, a new habit is only formed if you repeat it until it becomes second nature – every day for at least 4 months.

Read more:

Booze-free ways to de-stress

De-stress your lifestyle

How to work through work stress

Sources: Dr Arien, author of Managing Diabetes and health-related challenges