7 Top Tips on Stress for Busy People

It seems in recent years being busy has become the rule rather than the exception for many people. If you feel busy and stressed and don't have a lot of time to work stress relief into your schedule, you may end up feeling tired and lethargic or overwhelmed and plagued by chronic stress.

Clearly, stress relief is important, and this is particularly true for busy people. However, those of us who are most busy may feel least able to take on new habits. We may be concerned with the time that would be required to learn about a new habit. There would be a considerable energy investment involved in many habits as well.

Given the importance of stress management habits, one of the best things you can do for yourself and your stress levels is to find some simple and quick ones to practice, and follow through on making them a regular part of your life.

The following are ways to get more energy, relieve stress, and find extra time in your day—a must for busy people everywhere!


Find Some Quick Stress Relievers

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If you feel overwhelmed by stress during the day, a busy schedule may prevent you from being able to do what relaxes you the most, whatever that may be. However, 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.


Limit Your Caffeine Intake

Thinking with coffee: Your explanatory style and thoughts can affect your stress levels.
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If you're one to grab a cup of coffee or can of cola when you need a little extra energy, you may be making yourself more tired in the long run! This is partially because caffeine can keep you from experiencing restful sleep at night, creating a cycle of chronic sleep deprivation.

By understanding the possible effects of caffeine, you can better see the advantages of limiting your intake and finding ways to get more energy with less caffeine.


Get More Sleep In Your Life

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When your schedule's busy, often sleep is 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.


Build Quick Exercise Into Your Schedule

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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

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Much of your experience of stress hinges on your attitude and what you tell yourself about your situation. For example, learning how to view stress as a 'challenge' rather than a threat can leave you feeling more energized.


Build Fast Stress Relief Into Your Lifestyle

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If you don't have time for a new stress management regimen, these stress relievers provide maximum impact for minimal time expenditure. Things like taking your vitamins and playing music in the background, for example, fit nicely into even the busiest lifestyle but provide surprisingly significant stress relief benefits.


Learn to Say No

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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. There are things that you can do to start saying yes to a freer schedule and saying no to other people's demands on your time. Telling people you don't have time, giving yourself time before you say yes, and saying yes to other things are three steps that you can try.

Learning to say no allows you to say yes to other things, including yes to yourself and yes to finding time for stress management techniques.

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