2. Lunch Runs – How long do you get for lunch break? 30, 45, 60 minutes? Take half of that time and run with it (I’m loving these idioms)! Taking a break from the monotony (or stress) of a job, and going for even a short run can reduce tension and improve your state of mind. If you work for yourself, then you really have no excuse; set aside a small chunk of time each afternoon to hit the pavement and clear your thoughts. You may be surprised at how much better you feel after a quick run.