5 ways to take 5 on Lei Day

May 1 is Lei Day in Hawaii, a symbol of aloha and hospitality. It can also be a reminder to slow down and smell the plumeria.

Here are five small ways that you can “take 5” for yourself on Lei Day, and every day:

1. 5-minute thankfulness: Give yourself at least 5 minutes to step outside, breathe in the fresh air and fragrant flowers of Hawaii, and think about the good things in your life. Be thankful for everything you have, and share your appreciation with others.

2. 5-minute meditation: You don’t need long sessions or uncomfortable poses – just 5 minutes of meditation can help you relax and unwind. Get comfortable, close your eyes, and relax. Take deep breaths from your diaphragm and release the tension in your body. Instead of “thinking of nothing,” focus on being, advises wellness coach and About.com’s Stress Management Guide Elizabeth Scott.

3. 5-minute reading: Don’t have a lot of time to read? Check out “The Intellectual Devotional.” a series of books with a year’s worth of daily readings on tops such as health, modern culture, American history, general knowledge (history, literature, visual arts, science, music, philosophy, and religion), and biographies. You can even sign up to receive daily emails on DailyLit.com.

4. 5-minute cleaning fixes: If you only have a few minutes to clean, here are some shortcuts you can take to clean your home: take care of basics like the floors and kitchen dishes; dust tabletops and picture frames; wipe down the bathrooms; straighten furniture; and hide your clutter, shares blogger Sarah W. Caron in her post, “5 fast cleaning fixes in 5 minutes or less”.

5. 5-minute workout: If you have 5 minutes, you can have a great workout! Published in Fitness Magazine, Keli Roberts of the TimeSavers workout videos has a 5-minute workout that exercises every major muscle group in your body. Repeat each of the 5 exercises for just 1 minute: 1. clean and press; 2. side lunge and row; 3. plié squat and biceps curl; 4. push-up plus; and 5. single-leg deadlift with kick-back.

What can you do with 5 minutes? What are your favorite ways to take 5 minutes for yourself?

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