How to boost your health in five minutes

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While it might seem they you just don’t have enough time in your life to get everything done, the worst thing you can do for your health is to place yourself at the bottom of the pile.

When life is crazy and things are getting you down, try to find five minutes to step back and look after you.

Breathe
We sometimes forget that our body and brain needs to slow down and if we do that, it can help us to catch up with ourselves. Once an hour, just take time out and stop what you are doing for five minutes and focus on your breathing. Set a timer for five minutes, sit in a quiet place, be that on your sofa, at your desk or even in the car before you collect the kids, and take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Your thoughts might wander but bring them back to the now and feel your mind calming down as you block out the world for those precious moments.

Move it
The NHS may well recommend around 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, but let’s be honest – that isn’t a reality for many people. Doing something is better than doing nothing at all, and shorter bursts of high intensity exercises can benefit your health, so not having a lot of time isn’t an excuse. Set your watch for this five-minute workout and do it as much as you can – warm up first, jog for 20 seconds, walk for 20, sprint as fast as you can for 20 seconds. Repeat five times and we think that in time, you will want to do more.

Have a plan
We aren’t saying that you have to plan every waking second but as the saying goes, ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’ so get your house in order. Spending just five minutes each day planning your meals, ensuring you have your admin up to date and looking at what you have coming up that needs organising, can make life a lot easier and smoother. Get a new notebook or diary, use Trello or even send emails to yourself and all of a sudden you will feel more in control.

Call up your bestie
Yes, you can like a post on Facebook or comment on a photo on IG, but there is nothing like talking to a friend in person. Work out which friends, or family members, like to have a chat and when you have a spare five minutes, give them a call. Talk about the weather, catch up with their news, ask for their for their ideas on your next holiday and you will be surprised at how much this will help relax you.

Think positive
It might not be easy, but looking on the bright side of life can make things better and even lead to increased success at home and work. At the end of each day spend five minutes listing the good things that have happened in the past 24 hours, however small. You will find your mood lifts – and if you make it a regular habit, who knows what may follow.

Get in the water
Have a bath, shower or even go for a quick swim and let the water take over your senses and calm your body and brain. You don’t have to spend ages getting wet, but even a paddle in the sea can really have great benefits for you.

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