No doubt, we are living in a stressful world. Be it from primary school, to college, and then to jobs; the competition that is forced on us feels never ending. Add in the problems one has to deal with in a daily basis and the issues the world is going through in general; and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for stress over flowing! But being constantly stressed out can be harmful to you in many ways. It affects your health, both physically and mentally. And it also damages your relationships. It even affects your productivity; be it that you are in school, or work. Here are a few of our guaranteed methods to de-stress and relax.
Start your day with a fresh mind
Starting your day wrong when you know you’ll be having a hectic time ahead is not fun. It only makes you feel stressed out, even before you leave home. On the days you expect to be busy, take the time, and lay out your outfit (and all the trimmings, of course) and even make a “make ahead” breakfast the night before. Try to get proper sleep; as insufficient sleep can make you feel automatically stressed. Give yourself enough time in the morning so that you can get a little exercise in. A swim will be best, but if you don’t have the time; then turn up the music, and dance your way through the morning routine!
Have a little fun in between work
We know work is no place to play; but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun working. Even during the busiest parts of your month (as we know somedays can be more stressful than others), make sure to eat in between those long hours of working. If you work from home, or have enough space, try and get in a quick exercise when you feel things bogging up in your mind. Walk to a coffee shop around your workplace to grab your in-between-work-juice. If you are in a position to do so, encourage your employees to spend a little time chatting in the coffee break room. This will not only help them relax, but it will also help them perform better for the rest of the day.
Leave the stress out of your home
Like we mentioned before, stress is something that’s common for everyone. It’s important to remember that even those at home might be feeling a certain level of stress; even if it’s lesser than yours. By taking out your frustration on them, you are only alienating your relationships; inevitably causing yourself more stress. Leave your work tension out of your home. And encourage everyone at home to do the same. Cook together, eat together and spend time together. If possible, do something silly; playing in the garden, or singing and dancing with the radio (with your loved ones, of course!) can benefit you more than you think…