(StatePoint) By the time you finish reading this story, you could have stared at the shapes of the clouds in the sky, enjoyed an indulgent snack or sent a long overdue e-mail to a close friend. More importantly, that 60-second break could keep your mental health and wellness in check.
With 92 percent of Americans looking to "take a break" from their daily routine according to a recent study, people need an escape, even if it's brief. Many individuals don't realize how empowering a short break can feel -- or how to go about setting aside the time.
"Finding time to treat the 'you' in yourself is important to maintaining a balanced life, especially during these hectic times," says Stephanie Marston, lifestyle expert, speaker and accomplished author on topics surrounding life balance techniques. "Some people just need a little help getting started."
Marston recently partnered with Kellogg Company to develop a list of these quick, stress-relieving tips as part of its launch for Kellogg's Cinnabon Snack Bars. Enjoying a sensible but indulgent snack is one of many simple ways to hit the reset button on the day. These short breaks can take place between meetings, waiting to pick up the kids or on the way to the next appointment.
Other relaxing "Cinnaminutes" include:
* Sing out loud to your favorite song while driving home from work.
* Smell something refreshing like lavender.
* Indulge by serving yourself your morning tea or coffee in a pretty cup.
* Check out your favorite blog or Web site before diving back into your task.
* Spend some time today rereading a book you loved as a child.
* Post an inspiring quote on your computer or mirror, where you'll see it every day.
* Say or do something nice for someone you don't know.
The full list of Kellogg's "Cinnaminutes" can be found at www.KelloggCinnaminutes.com.
"There are plenty of ways to combat stress," Marston continues, "but no one is going to force a minute on you to relax. Keep your mental health top of mind by writing yourself a note, scheduling time for breaks or even taping up this story at your desk as a reminder."