Stress – it’s something nearly everyone contends with on a daily basis. At times the stress is positive such as having a baby or trying to win a race. At other times it’s negative such as having too much to do and not enough time to do it. You can use some of these stress busters for busy people and see if they help you reduce the stress you’re feeling.

It’s important for people to learn to unwind and release some of the stress they feel. This can be done in a number of ways. You may not have a long weekend to help you relax, but you can learn to relax in shorter periods of time.

If you’re really tense and need to calm down quickly, take a few deep breaths. This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to reverse the effects of stress. Since you’re probably not using very much of your lung capacity while you’re tensed up, you’ll be surprised how much this action helps. Take a deep, long breath in through your nose. When you can’t take in any more, open your mouth and let the air go through. Making an “hhhhaaaa” sound while releasing the air helps. Do this several times and you’re guaranteed to feel less stressed.

While you’re in a stressful situation, you may not be able to easily get away. As soon as you can, take a short walk outside to get fresh air. The change of scenery, sunshine and fresh air can do wonders to help alleviate the stress you’re feeling.

If you have a break during the day, even if it’s only fifteen minutes, take the time to meditate. Play some soft music and concentrate on relaxing images or places. Of course, if you have longer to spend meditating your results might be better, but even a short time can do wonders for your outlook.

Take a book along with you and read that during your planned breaks. While it’s true you may not be able to read very much, the important thing is to take your mind away from the stressful things in your day.

Play quiet, soothing music during your day. Music has been proven to have much health and stress-reducing benefits. If you can’t listen to music at work or it’s too hectic to hear it, find a compact disc you can listen to during the ride home or while you’re doing other things such as cooking, shopping, or exercising.

Take time out of your day to laugh. Laughter is one of the best ways to release stress. The stress hormones epinephrine and cortisol reduce while the hormone oxytoxin increases. Oxytoxin is sometimes called the ‘happy hormone.’ Laughter also gets more oxygen into your body which makes you feel better.

You can undoubtedly find other stress busters for busy people, but these may give you some ideas you can try. Learning to unwind is important for not only your mental health but also for you physical health. What are you doing to unwind and reduce stress in your life?