Reduce Stress in 60 Seconds or Less

An important part of a minimalist lifestyle is reducing stress. Here's a technique that you can do anywhere and can help you accomplish that in a very short period of time.

Here’s the text for those who prefer to read: Hi, it’s Mindi Rosser from and this month we’ve been talking about minimalism.

One thing that is really, really important when you are starting a minimalist lifestyle is learning how to reduce stress. It’s not always the stress from the outside and the stuff, the physical stuff that you have that can cause issues. It’s also stuff on the inside, whether you’re worrying about money, if you have family issues going on. If you have relationship problems.

Those issues can build up and clutter your insides. So it’s not just about getting rid of the exterior issues, you know, that cluttered closet. It’s also about the cluttering on the inside. It’s one of the things I’ve learned on my minimalist journey.

So how do we de-clutter on the inside. One thing I like to do is the 60 second stress reduction technique. What I do is, whether I’m sitting at my computer or I’m out and about or if I’m nursing my baby, you know that can be a stressful time. I will just close my eyes and take some deep breaths for about 60 seconds and just think about one thing that I’m grateful for. It doesn’t have to be anything big, it can be, “Wow, I actually got a little bit of sleep last night”. I have a six month old baby.

It can be something that simple. But it’s 60 seconds, deep breaths, really, really slow, in through you nose and out through your mouth and just think about one thing that you’re grateful for. After those 60 seconds are up; you can set a timer, you can just kind of gauge it on your intuition; open your eyes, take one more cleansing breath and you’re going to see the world through a different lens.

That’s my tip this week. Get rid of the inside clutter and try this one minute stress reduction technique and let me know how it goes for you. If you have any other tips for reducing stress during the day, especially something that is really short and to the point that we can incorporate in our daily lives very, very simply I’d like to know. If so shoot me an email at or you can just leave a comment below and I’ll look forward to seeing you next week in the Mindi Zone.