All it takes is a few minutes a day to eliminate stress and check in with yourself.

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We could all use a bit more mindfulness in our life—try these five tricks:

1. Sit quietly (no music, no television) for two to five minutes (more if you’re comfortable with it) to see how it feels. Set an alarm (preferably non-jarring) so that you don’t have to worry about time.

2. Close your eyes.

3. Don’t stress about not knowing what you’re doing, your to-do list, the noisy washing machine, the “right way” to sit. Let go of that kind of thinking and calm your mind.

4. Check in with how you are feeling and do a mental body scan.

5. Count your breaths for a focus. Inhale and exhale, that’s one. Continue counting after each exhale to 10. Then start over.

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