Almost all of us live busy, overbooked, active, stressful lives. It can be exciting, but it can also lead to burnout. One way to head that off is to cut yourself out of the herd for as little as 15 minutes a day.

Some people don't like being alone and some people can't stand the idea of being alone, even for a short period of time. But a new study out of the University of Rochester details how researchers conducted four different experiments that confirmed spending 15 minutes of each day completely alone can make people feel more calm and peaceful.

This simple ritual was found to reduce participants' anger levels, stress, and anxiety for the rest of the day. That's cheaper and less hassle than therapy, medication or even exercise.

There was only one downside: feelings of loneliness can set in after 15 minutes of hanging out solo.  The study is detailed in the Daily Mail.