Why do some people talk about “celebrating” National Stress Awareness Month? What’s to celebrate about feeling on the edge and perhaps even at your breaking point? While we may like the idea of mindful meditation, massages or practicing yoga regularly, finding the time is often another problem. So we searched the web and gathered some of the best stress management tips for busy adults. These take little-to-no extra time, but they may give you some relief.
- Turn on the tunes. Listening to your favorite music during your regular activities helps to distract your mind, plus it requires no extra time. Consider listening to music instead of news during your morning and evening commutes.
- Get the brain-soothing benefits of L-theanine. Suntheanine helps to soothe stress by increasing your alpha brain waves. It also helps increase your focus, so perhaps you’ll be able to leave work on time for a change. Plus, Suntheanine is available in easy-to-use supplements. You may also want to take it 30 minutes before bedtime to help calm your mind so that you get a better night’s sleep. With all that good rest, you’ll be less susceptible to stress the next day.
- Develop an attitude of gratitude. Look for ways to balance the negative with the positive. Flat tire? Another big project just landed on your desk? For each stressor, consciously think of something good in your life. It may be difficult at first, but it becomes progressively easier.
- Take a few deep breaths. You can do this while waiting in traffic, standing in line or even while in the restroom.
- Choose to spend more time with positive people. Even if it’s just a quick hello between meetings, sharing a smile and friendly exchange can brighten your day.
- Get moving. Walk down the hall instead of using the intercom. If you’re upset about something, that extra time may be just what you need to calm down and put things into better perspective.
- Give your body and mind the best fuel possible. Make smart, nutritious choices at meal time. Sugary or fatty selections may feel like comfort foods, but they aren’t giving your body the nutrients it needs to combat the physical effects of stress. Plus you may feel guilty for consuming those high-calorie treats.
We all know that too much stress isn’t good for us physically or emotionally. But you may not need to stress about making the time to de-stress.