We’ve all heard that exercise helps with stress relief but with schedules jam packed it’s unlikely the most stressed people can make time for it. But there’s good news, according to Chih-Hsiang “Jason” Yang, lead researcher of a study published in the Psychology of Sports and Exercise. Yang says, “[subjects] don’t need to change their everyday behavior….instead by changing their state of mind by becoming more mindful, they can probably see this beneficial effect. You don’t need to exert a lot of extra effort in order to improve your wellbeing by being more mindful while you’re moving around.”
Instead of reviewing your to-do list as you walk through the office—or better yet, when you take a break by talking a walk outside—use the time to be more mindful. Focus on your breathing, surroundings, and mechanics of walking. Keep bringing your attention back to the present. Not only will it likely boost your wellbeing, you’ll give your mind a rest as well.