Destress & Decompress
In our fast-paced world, it seems like we’re always up against deadlines, commitments, and obligations. And that means stress! With stress levels so high, prioritizing your mental and emotional wellbeing is more important than ever. But there’s good news—taking time away, even taking short breaks throughout the day, can make a big difference. The simple act of taking 15 minutes to destress and decompress has been shown to provide real benefits. Here are a few #TAKE15 ideas to get started (check out our blog to learn more, and to get 15 ways to TAKE15).
Step Into Nature
At the end of the day, many of us realize we’ve barely stepped outside. Whether you’re working from home, running errands, or spending the day at school, sitting inside for hours can have a detrimental effect on your health. Going for a quick, 15-minute walk has been proven to lower stress and improve memory. Plus, it’s a great way to explore your neighborhood or campus.
Do you eat lunch while scrolling social media, reading e-mails, or doing work? Instead, TAKE15 to disconnect and listen to your body. Eat mindfully by slowing down between bites to focus on flavor. Take a few minutes to mindfully select healthy and delicious options that will fuel you for today and beyond! Check in with your hunger cues, use your senses, slow down, enjoy your food and stop when you’re full.
Take a Cat Nap
When the mid-afternoon slump strikes, you’re less likely to be productive and more likely to feel stressed. If you’re lucky enough to have a few minutes in a place where a quick nap is possible, a 15-minute snooze can recharge your energy leaving you more alert and in a better mood. Plus, rest can help reduce stress and improve blood pressure.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.