Ways to relieve stress when you have a busy lifestyle.
Find Some Quick Stress Relievers
There are some quick ways to feel better without taking hours you don't have to do so. Stress relief strategies such as breathing exercises can help you to turn off your body's stress reaction so you put a halt to chronic stress and can get back to your busy life.
Exercise can be a great stress reliever in itself, as it helps you blow off steam and releases endorphins. Taking a walk when stressed can bring you the benefits of exercise, both short-term and long-term, and it provides the bonus of getting you out of the stressful situation.
Getting more oxygen into your body and releasing physical tension are two ways that breathing exercises can benefit you, and you can do them anytime or anywhere, even if your demanding situation isn't letting up.
If you can steal away a few minutes of peace, visualizations and guided imagery are a wonderful way to restore peace of mind. With practice, you can easily access your "happy place" and quickly feel more calm when stressed.
Sometimes we intensify our experience of stressful situations by the way we look at them. If you can look at your situation differently, you may be able to put it into a different perspective--one that causes you less stress.
Get More Sleep In Your Life
When your schedule's busy, sleep is often the first thing to be cut back, either intentionally or by default. This is unfortunate because it can leave you feeling lethargic and lead to errors that take more time out of your day to correct. It's important to safeguard your sleep, and how to actually get the sleep you need. Power napping is a great way to supplement your night's sleep if you just can't clear your schedule for a full 8 hours per night.
Build Quick Exercise Into Your Schedule
If you're feeling lethargic, a little exercise will actually leave you more energized, not less. While busy people have a hard time fitting exercise into the schedule, there are some tricks that can help you get the exercise you need without spending hours at the gym, such as breaking up exercise into smaller chunks and spacing them out during your day, when you may naturally have time available.
Develop a "Can Do" Attitude
Much of your experience of stress hinges on your attitude and what you tell yourself about your situation. For example, learning how view stress as a 'challenge' rather than a threat can leave you feeling more energized. When you believe you can accomplish whatever you try, you're much more likely to reach your goals than if you have a negative attitude. A positive outlook can energize you. A can-do spirit can supply you with the momentum you need to get through the difficult parts of your day and cost more happily through the fun parts. It's been proven by research that optimists and positive thinkers are more productive, enjoy better health, are less weighed down by stress, and are generally more successful in life.
Learn To Say No
People have different reasons for being busy, but many people find themselves busy no matter what their circumstances because they have trouble saying no to other people's demands on their time. If this describes you, I have a simple, three-step plan for getting better at saying yes to a freer schedule and saying no to other people's demands on your time.