5 minute relaxation techniques

Relax in 5 minutes with these

easy relaxation exercises

Relaxation is something we all struggle with, some more than others. Whether because of work related stress, family issues, financial worries, natural disposition toward anxiety problems or a combination of all, there are options available to reduce stress and anxiety to manageable levels. 5 minute relaxation techniques

For some, the relief may come thru counseling and prescription medications. For others, relaxation techniques may provide the relief and skills needed to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are some simple 5 minute relaxation techniques that may be the jumpstart you are looking for to reduce stress and anxiety.


The Great Beyond: Stellardrone

Space music (or spacemusic) is a subgenre of new-age music and is described as “tranquil, hypnotic and moving”. It is derived from ambient music. More space music can be found at my Space Music page.


A Japanese method to relax in 5 minutes: Bright Side

This is an ancient Japanese technique of self-relaxation that takes you about 5 minutes per hand and can be done anywhere.

Each finger represents a different feeling or attitude.

  • The thumb: anxiety and worry
  • The index: fear
  • The middle: anger and resentment
  • The ring finger: depression and sadness. And to help you be more decisive
  • The pinky: calms anxiety and increases optimism and confidence (self-esteem)

The technique is simple. Grasp the finger representing the emotion you wish to ease with the opposite hand, wrapping your fingers and thumb around it. Hold each finger for one to two minutes.

Practice this technique every day to help stay calm and to restore balance within yourself. I suggest doing this in the morning and evening; and when needed throughout the day. In addition, I use the breathing technique, about 8 slow in and out breaths per minute and enjoy a few moments of quiet meditation.

Acupressure is an alternative medicine similar in principle to acupuncture. Physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians.

3 acupressure points you might find useful:

The Inner Gate is located on the inside of the forearm on a line running from the index and middle finger, 3 fingers above the crease at the wrist. This pressure point helps by protecting the heart from chest congestion, excess stress, cardiac pain, palpitation, pain in the hypochondrium (the upper abdominal region), relieves nausea and encourages deep breathing.

The Spirit Gate is located on both forearms on the little finger side on the crease at the wrists. This pressure point is the point for emotional issues, especially excessive anxiety and worry; providing relief for emotional imbalances, insomnia, nervousness, fear, anxiety, irritability, and forgetfulness.

Pressure Points for Stress

The Union Valley Point (also known as the Joining Valley) is located on the web between the index finger and thumb.

This pressure point for stress is also good to relieve neck pain and headaches. Take slow and deep breaths and keep applying the pressure for 2-4 minutes. Do not use this pressure point during pregnancy as it may induce contractions.

WebMD’s article, “Acupressure Points and Massage Treatment“, is a good overview and I recommend it if you are not familiar with acupressure.


“For fast acting relief, try slowing down.” Lily Tomlin


Mind Body: Vortex

Here are two simple meditation techniques that you can use to start meditating today. Think of these as the basic building blocks of meditation methods.

In the Open Monitoring meditation you begin to practice the Awareness of Thinking. Simply become aware of your thoughts and feelings and view them without attachment. A great morning meditation to help with clearing the mind and making room for creative and inspired thought.

Focused attention meditation is perhaps an easier approach. This involves focusing on one thing and one thing only.

This can be a candle, a plant, anything that will hold your attention. Also known as Object meditation (traditionally called Tratak Meditation) and is a very popular form.


My mind and heart is full of joy.

My Thoughts

As with everything, these 5 minute relaxation techniques will not magically relieve your stress and anxieties right now. The changes are gradual and your results will vary. I found that the best results came when I combined the breathing meditation and the Japanese technique together.

Make a plan to use the techniques at least twice a day (and whenever you feel stress building up). Allow yourself to develop a habit to provide a bit of self help whenever you need it.

Many of us grew up hearing the words “just take some deep breaths and relax”. When we are already over stimulated it is difficult to just calm down in a few breaths. But if we get that good habit into practice daily, being calm is possible.

What methods have you tried to be calm or to calm yourself down during periods of high stress? Feel free to share in the Comments section. Maybe your way can help others!

Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders

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10 thoughts on “5 minute relaxation techniques”

  1. Sometimes I feel worried and depressed and don’t really know how to calm my self down. I’ve tried listening to some music but yet, it made no difference. At times, it makes it worst. Honestly, it’s very hard for me to find a relaxation technique. But the Japanese technique of self-relaxation is pretty new to me. I’ll try it out.

    • Hi Kevin,

      Relaxation/meditation techniques can provide relief from the normal worries and depression that we all suffer from. If it is chronic, I encourage visiting a mental health professional for advice. There has been times when I have used the pro’s, well worth the investment in myself. 

      The techniques can be a game-changer. But, as with everything, the key is actually making them a part of our routine. The more you practice them, the more soothing and calming they will prove to be.

      Some of the best music I have found for depression is smooth light Jazz. Upbeat without being overpowering. The key is to find music that sets the tone for the feeling you wish to be in. 

      Do take care,


  2. Thanks a lot for sharing this interesting and useful article, it’s very good to keep your mind and soul relaxed, many people don’t know how to get that done. I love the content of this article and  the five techniques you’ve posted are very helpful, the one I use most is music, it calms my nerves. Thanks

    • Most welcome! Another music lover, that’s fantastic! I find that music plays a huge roll in keeping me on track with the day and the different tasks at hand. Got to admit, for staying calm and focused I listen to a lot of Native American Flute. It helps me stay grounded and centered. 

      Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders 

  3. This is a good thing for me to learn about the different ways that I could possibly relax. Of all the wyas that you shared, I would really love to try using music as a way to relax and also try to use that Japanese method too. The Japanese method seems a bit technical though but it’ll be worth it.

    • Hi Jackie, Music can be very relaxing and stimulating. Most days and nights I have music somewhere in the background. In the Menus on my HomePage, I have a nice sampler of some different types of music I depend on for relaxing and meditating. Check it out and see if you can find a “favorite” style for yourself.

      The Japanese method only sounds a bit technical. Putting it into practice is actually simple and if you use it daily becomes almost second nature. 

      Good wishes as you move forward toward a more relaxed lifestyle.

      Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders

  4. I enjoyed learning about acupressure from your post – I do know about acupuncture so I was surprised to learn the fingers are associated with acupressure. I enjoy walking for relaxation in addition to listening to Solfeggio Frequencies during meditation. Thanks for an interesting post.

    • Hi Ola, Thank you. I love to walk, it is one of my favorite hobbies. And I now have something to look up, Solfeggio Frequencies. I have not crossed that before so thank you for the new search I’m about to begin!
      Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders

  5. Hi Sanders ,i really like the method with the different fingers .Honestly it is the first time i hear about this .I am going to give it a try ,i will let yoyu know how it is going .It looks very easy to do ,i will share this with my friends ,thank you for this very helpful article !


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