How To Chill Out

Aug 08 2019 by
Categories : Health & Fitness

Consider this a sign to take a break.

IF YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES…

Instead of scrolling Insta, take 300 seconds in the morning and 300 more before bed and jot down answers to questions like “What will make this day great?” “What can I accomplish today?” or “What am I grateful for?” suggests Stefanie Kersta, co-founder of Toronto meditation centre Hoame. If you’re not feeling Zadie Smith-level inspiration, pick up The Five-Minute Journal, which will walk you through mood-boosting writing exercises.

IF YOU HAVE 10 MINUTES…

You already know meditation is good for mindfulness and reducing anxiety, but knowing where to start is another thing. Next time, do a full body scan: Think about each part of your body, from the tips of your toes to the top of your head, and relax every inch as you go. Even if your mind wanders to that cute barista who smiled at you, just try to refocus on the present—trying is a good thing.

IF YOU HAVE 30 MINUTES…

Schedule a healthy hang like a workout or meditation class with your crew. (A strong support system has been linked to a longer and happier life.) Well BYND in Toronto offers the 25-minute Best Friend Acupuncture, so you can relieve stress while you catch up on who just hooked up in your friend group.

IF YOU HAVE 60 MINUTES…

Get active by taking a walk or strapping on some Rollerblades. (Hey, all things ’90s are trending.) New research shows that an hour of any kind of exercise can improve moderate depression and anxiety.

IF YOU HAVE 24 HOURS…

You don’t need to go on a week-long silent retreat to find a little serenity—just score an invitation to a friend’s cottage, suggests Kersta. Life at the dock is more chill, and you’ll get a boost from the fresh air and activity. Bonus: You’re more unplugged because of the terrible reception.

A version of this article appeared in the September 2019 issue of ELLE Canada. Subscribe now.

Categories: Health & Fitness