Stress can kill. Are you feeling overwhelmed and run down and no time for a margarita on the beach? That’s why you need a stress break as stress can actually break down your body. Today, everyone seems to have more of it. Whether it’s because of work, relationships, children, or other constraints. It can lead to depression and anxiety, heart disease, stomach ulcers and headaches. Doesn’t sound very enjoyable. Learning to manage stress by scheduling time for mental breaks should be a top priority.

There tends to be an issue with feeling guilt when we need to take time for ourselves. We become overwhelmed feeling like we need to get everything done. Yet, when you’re slowing down on regular routines, it’s a sign it’s time to take a stress break. Taking regular breaks throughout the day focusing on yourself improves productivity and creativity, as skipping important stress breaks can leave you even more exhausted.

Manage your time

Schedule stress breaks in your calendar by time blocking.  Take time to schedule time to take a few minutes of quiet time for yourself before you start work or a walk. Have an exact amount of time each week and treat it like an appointment that you can’t cancel. When you write it down and plan for it, you’re less likely to skip out on it.

When you make something a priority, you will find time


Meditation is about finding your inner peace. All you need is a quiet area to clear your mind. Take long deep breaths while focusing on what’s around you and taking it in. Mindfulness is the primary focus one one’s current physical state. It allows the brain to process information more efficiently, and provides a better grasp on life’s stressors. 

Prepare for the day

Having a set to-do list and little routines lowers stress.  Tasks don’t need to be lengthy. Create shorter lists and break bigger tasks into smaller ones to tackle.  The Power of 15 minutes can help you manage tasks in shorter intervals and still finish your list.

Why you should schedule stress breaks letsplanourtomorrow.com

Do something you enjoy

Whether it be a new activity or an old one that you start up again, make time for those activities that bring you joy.  When we have something to put our mind into, we stimulate our brain and relax ourselves.

Keep a journal

Writing and expressing yourself promotes self-reflection and releases stress. They should be about positive situations, achievements, and what you’re grateful for.

Accept that you can’t control everything

It’s hard to disconnect ourselves from what is causing our stress.  Once we realize certain things are out of our hands, the faster we stop stressing about them. 

Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens. And response is something we can choose. – Maureen Killoran

Stay positive

Make an active effort to try and find the positive in every situation.  Don’t focus on the negative as they will only hold you back from your goals.
Be aware of the signs. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, be proactive in taking breaks. Take time to drink more water, exercise, get restful sleep and doing things that you enjoy. Getting locked up in a never ending cycle with stress on your back is unhealthy. Stress breaks will boost your creativity, passion, and refresh your attention span.

How do you schedule your own stress breaks and is there anything specific you do that helps you?

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  • Reply Sarah Althouse

    I never thought about scheduling time for myself. I usually just try to fit in in when I have left over time

    February 21, 2017 at 12:07 PM
  • Reply ivana

    Great tips, something i should have on my mind xoxo

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    February 21, 2017 at 12:12 PM
  • Reply Jen

    I always schedule time for myself and I think it’s SO important. I work 3 nights a week as a labor and delivery nurse. The night before my first day back, I stay up all night while everyone else in my house sleeps (so I’m able to sleep the following day before my shift starts). It’s so nice to have those 8 hours of “me” time. It’s when I get my photos taken, my blog posts written and work on developing my e-course. I also do laundry and clean the house during that time too!
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    February 21, 2017 at 12:53 PM
    • Reply Cadri

      Thank you for all you do as a L&D nurse, first off. You guys are awesome! It’s so good you have that time to yourself!

      February 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM
  • Reply Jewels

    Stress breaks are so necessary! Making a to-do list definitely helps me feel more in control of my tasks. I also recently have been going on short nature walks on my lunch break (we have a nice trail nearby).
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    February 21, 2017 at 5:32 PM
    • Reply Cadri

      How awesome you can go on walks during your lunch. That’s definitely something more people should do to get of work during that time to refresh them.

      February 23, 2017 at 7:01 AM
  • Reply Kiara

    Managing your time and preparing for the day effectively are both so important! Loved reading your tips and insights you offered! Thanks so much for sharing!

    February 21, 2017 at 7:10 PM
  • Reply Teri

    I never heard that term before stress breaks. This is a great idea. When I saw the title I thought yeah! It was breakfor me to have a meltdown. Instead, this is to prevent me from having one. LOL

    February 22, 2017 at 6:56 AM
  • Reply Tara L

    I always did used to keep a journal online. I forget the name of it but it was years ago and I wish I could remember. I used to write down daily things in that online website. I always wanted to try Yoga or Meditate that sounds relaxing too.

    February 22, 2017 at 8:31 AM
  • Reply Taylor

    This is so so important and I definitely need to do more of it! I’m so guilty of going going going and often forgetting to take a minute to breathe! Thanks for the great tips, Cadri!

    xo, Taylor (thesprinkle.tayloramead.com)

    February 22, 2017 at 8:34 AM
  • Reply Laina Turner

    I really need to take time out from stress. Thanks for the tips!

    February 22, 2017 at 9:12 AM
  • Reply Christine

    Thanks for the reminder. I do most of these but really struggle with accepting that I can’t control everything.

    February 22, 2017 at 10:15 AM
    • Reply Cadri

      I am the same way about feeling like I need to control everything. It takes a lot of patience for myself to step back and tell myself I can’t change it. Thanks so the comment!

      February 23, 2017 at 7:02 AM
  • Reply Jenni S

    So much yes! My best work time has always been after my son goes to bed until I sleep, but I realized that often I would work until 2 or 3 in the morning and just feel drained… while I still do work after he goes to bed, I set a time to stop work and transition to watching a favorite show and enjoying quiet, or taking a hot bath and meditating, which makes me more productive during my work time (so I feel like I’ve “earned it.”) Thank you for these tips– I’ll definitely be incorporating more of them!
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    February 22, 2017 at 10:27 AM
  • Reply Tine

    I’m a notorious scheduler, but I somehow never thought of scheduling a stress break! Might be the key to get me more relaxed!

    February 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM
  • Reply Meghan

    Yeah, definitely needed this reminder today (as I’m over here trying not to pull my hair out with everything I have to do!). These are great tips, and I need to keep them in mind. Stress isn’t productive anyway.
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    February 22, 2017 at 11:06 AM
    • Reply Cadri

      Hope everything works out for you, and I’m hope these tips were able to help!

      February 23, 2017 at 7:03 AM
  • Reply Andreea

    I like to make time for myself. If I’m not fully functional, I can’t give 100% to any activity.

    February 22, 2017 at 2:03 PM
  • Reply Cristina

    What an interesting approach. I know and pply some of these methods, but I never referred to them as “stress breaks”.

    February 22, 2017 at 2:09 PM
  • Reply Shane

    As a person who struggles with general anxiety disorder, I get very easily stressed. This is solid advice!

    February 22, 2017 at 2:10 PM
  • Reply Rachel

    I love this! Stress is never fun to deal with. Taking a step back always helps me!
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    February 22, 2017 at 5:19 PM
  • Reply karissa

    These are great tips! People don’t realize how badly it can hurt your health to be stressed. It gave me a stroke 7 years ago so I really work hard to manage it.
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    February 22, 2017 at 7:37 PM
    • Reply Cadri

      I’m so glad you are better, it’s unbelievable how much stress can affect us, but it can! So glad to hear you are doing better at managing it. My fiancé got so stressed a few years ago, he broke out into a rash all over his body, so we knew it was time to step back for him.

      February 23, 2017 at 7:05 AM
  • Reply Jackie | Fresh Fit Florida

    Having time for yourself is so important! It definitely helps to minimize stress!
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    February 23, 2017 at 7:59 AM
  • Reply Candy

    We get breaks at work so I do this at home Love your ideas would be great time catch up on journaling

    February 23, 2017 at 8:48 AM
  • Reply Neely

    Staying positive is HUGE once you go negative its so hard to get back

    February 23, 2017 at 9:28 AM
  • Reply Gloryanna

    I do the 15 minutes time blocks alllll the time and it helps me be so much more productive! Great tips!
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    February 23, 2017 at 12:37 PM
  • Reply Kimberli

    I keep meaning to schedule time to schedule time for myself lol. It’s so important! Thanks for the great post and the great reminder.

    February 24, 2017 at 11:03 AM
  • Reply Rolene

    What an inspiring post! Thank you.
    It is so easy to get sucked into life with all its stress, if you don’t plan a stress break the stress might break you.
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    March 13, 2017 at 3:00 AM
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