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Top 8 Tips for Busy People

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Updated February 01, 2013

It seems in recent years being busy has become the rule rather than the exception. 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 even for busy people. The following are ways to get more energy, relieve stress, and find extra time in your day--a must for busy people everywhere!

1. Find Some Quick Stress Relievers

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.

2. Limit Your Caffeine Intake

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 exacerbate your stress response and keep you from experiencing restful sleep at night, creating a cycle of chronic sleep deprivation. Learn more about the effects of caffeine and the advantages of limiting your intake, and find ways to get more energy with less caffeine.

3. Get More Sleep In Your Life

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. Learn why it's important to safeguard your sleep, and how to actually get the sleep you need.

4. 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. Read more to get additional ideas on how to fit exercise into a busy schedule.

5. 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. Read more on developing an attitude that repels stress during busy times.

6. Build Fast Stress Relief Into Your Lifestyle

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.

7. 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.

8. Subscribe To A FREE Stress Management Newsletter

Busy people don't always have time to research ways to relieve stress and live a healthier life. Signing up for my free weekly newsletter ensures that valuable stress management information comes to your inbox on a regular basis so you don't have to go out of your way to find it when you need it, and you have the tools to work healthy habits into your lifestyle little by little, when it works for you. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure!

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