5 Easy Ways to Feel Your Best (Even When You're Busy)

August 7, 2015

Dealing with a crazy-busy schedule (and who doesn’t have one?) can seem impossible. But here’s the thing: Stress is no good for your mind or your body. Studies have found that your chance of a heart attack increases 9.5 times after an intense episode. Anxious feelings can also lead to irritated skin and can even wreak havoc on your sex drive. The good news? These five tasks make tackling the most hectic days easy and fun.

One: Make Time for Meditation
You don’t need to meditate for hours to reap the benefits—just ten minutes a day can make a difference. The key is finding quiet moments you can commit to. Whether you opt for first thing in the morning or just before bed, you’ll feel calmer in (almost) no time flat.

Two: Smell the Difference
Essential oils smell amazing, sure, but they’ve also been linked to reduced stress levels and may even be able to kill flu cells. Whether you prefer peppermint or lavender, fifteen minutes with a diffuser is a great way to keep your mood on the up and up.

Three: Pump Up the Jams
Multiple studies have shown that enjoying a little music can reduce stress. What’s even more interesting, though, is that the type of music may matter less than the act of listening. From classical to heavy metal, music of all sorts can help ease tension. Pick a song, kick back, and tune out.

Four: Take a Walk
Plenty of research has shown just how bad sitting all day can be for your productivity and your overall health, but it turns out a lunchtime stroll may be even more beneficial than previously thought. One study found that a short walk can boost creative thinking. It’s just another reason to keep flats in your desk drawer.

Five: Drink Your Vitamins
Stress eating is very much a real thing, and we tend to crave sugary, fatty foods during those tough times. Stocking up on better-for-you snacks is one way to avoid diet pitfalls. Making sure you remember to take your vitamins is another. Zarbee’s Vitamin Drink Mixes are made with handpicked, wholesome ingredients (think green tea and honey) and packed with vitamins and minerals. Whether you need a pick-me-up or a moment of Zen, there’s a mix just for you. Bonus? The single-serve packets are perfect for stashing in gym bags and purses. Treating yourself well has never been so deliciously simple.

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