Take 5 for You

  • Perform a Random Act of Kindness, you will feel better and so will the recipient!

    1. Smile
    2. Hold the door open
    3. Give an honest compliment
    4. Thank someone who you appreciate
    5. Be a good listener
    6. Offer your help to someone
    7. Ask the person who’s serving you how their day is going
    8. Treat someone to a coffee or tea
    9. Let someone go past you in the grocery queue
    10. Send flowers or chocolates to a friend out of the blue

    View more about Random Acts of Kindness:https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/


    HIIT: A 10-minute workout you can do at home!

    Studies have found that short, high-intensity workouts of just a few minutes can produce many of the same benefits as longer, less intense exercise. So-called "micro workouts" can improve heart health, endurance, and fat burn–big wins in little time! To make the most of your shorter workouts, pick from the free online videos below. You can do these 10-minute workouts anywhere–even when you could have sworn you didn't have the time.

    Benefits of the 10-Minute Ultimate Workout:

    • Improves cardiorespiratory fitness
    • Activates all major muscle groups
    • Elevates your heart rate and helps burn more calories
    • Boosts brain function 


    • Do each exercise at a 50/10 interval (50 seconds intense effort, 10 seconds rest)
    • Repeat for 2 rounds total
    • Important: For best results keep the intensity high – give it all you’ve got and go as fast as you can while maintaining good form!


    • Do 30 seconds of exercise followed by 30 seconds rest
    • Choose the easier workout variations, suggested after each video


    Find something you enjoy doing that will get you moving. If time is an issue, check out this amazing resource called Darebee - “Fitness on your terms”  It has workouts, challenges, nutrition information, and more. 

    Check out the Darebee Instruction Manual to help navigate the workouts page.

    If you need help determining what the exercises are, check out the Video Exercise Library


    Practice the art of coziness with “Hygge”

    Hygge,” a Danish term defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Pronounced “hoo-guh,” the word is said to have no direct translation in English, though “cozy” comes close.

    Danes created hygge because they were trying to survive boredom, cold, dark and sameness. The undefinable feeling of hygge was a way for them to find moments to celebrate, acknowledge and break up the mundane or harsh. With so many cold, dark, days, the simple act of lighting a candle and enjoying a cup of coffee could make a huge difference to one’s spirit.

    By creating simple rituals without effort {such as brewing real tea with a little china cup every evening to stopping at the flower shop every week} the Danes see both the domestic and personal life as an art form and not every drudgery to get away from. They incorporate hygge into their daily life, so it becomes a natural extension rather than a forced and stressful event.

    Whether it’s making coffee a verb by creating a ritual of making it every morning to a cozy evening in with friends where you’re just enjoying each other’s company to the simple act of lighting a candle with every meal, hygge is just about being aware of a good moment. Hygge is simple, it’s just the awareness of it that can seem hard to an outsider.


    Refresh Your Mind Every Monday.

    DeStress Monday shares regular tips and guides to help you start every week with a positive frame of mind. Begin with the Monday Refresh practice and enjoy the benefits all week long:

    1.  Breathe
    2.  Be Mindful
    3.  Shift to the Positive
    4.  Get Moving


    Check out the amazing website: DESTRESS MONDAYS