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Take 2 minutes to relax by imagining a place that's beautiful to you.

How to do it

Sit down or lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Take a few slow, deep breaths. Then picture yourself in a place that you find peaceful and beautiful, such as a tropical beach, an enchanted garden, or a meadow. Imagine all the details of this place, including the sounds and smells. Relax and enjoy your surroundings. When you're ready, imagine that you slowly leave your peaceful spot.

Why it matters

The human body has its own natural relaxation response, a state of deep restfulness that's a natural antidote to our stress or "fight or flight" response. You can activate this response by envisioning yourself in a peaceful setting. This technique, known as visualization or guided imagery, is proven to be effective in reducing stress and increasing feelings of calm.

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