The busy world of work can start to get on top of us all from time to time. Whether it’s the stress of meeting deadlines, working overtime to complete an important project, or trying to juggle multiple tasks at once, we’re not all immune from feeling a bit stressed or bogged down.
When you’re passionate about what you do, it’s very easy to become so invested that you forget to take some time out for yourself. I think it’s important and healthy to step back and take a break every now and again, and you’ll find a little distance will do you the world of good.
Here are my three top tips to cope with those daily stresses so you’ll feel refreshed and re-charged when you get back to the grind.
Clear your mind
Sometimes stepping away from work can be the best thing for you. Don’t sit there with steam coming out of your ears for the sake of it; take a walk and come back to it later. It’s amazing what a bit of fresh air and a wander can do for your productivity, plus it’s a welcome breather from staring at your computer screen. Give it a try and you’ll return feeling refreshed and ready to take on the next challenge.
Get your heart racing
This feels like a bit of a no-brainer, but doing a bit of exercise every day is something we don’t all put into practice. After a hectic work day, heading off to the gym is probably the last thing you’ll feel like doing and it’s oh so easy to just come home and crash in front of the TV, yet the benefits of incorporating just a little bit of exercise into your day make it well worth the effort.
Regular exercise does you wonders both mentally and physically, improving your overall mood and helping to relieve stress and anxiety. You don’t have to go nuts – just go for a short jog or a brisk walk, have a kickabout with some of your mates, or limit it to 30-minute session so it doesn’t feel like such a chore.
Make time for yourself
This is a really important one and something I think we don’t always do enough of. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in work that we forget there are other important things in life too. Take time out to do some of the things you enjoy – recreational activities and hobbies that will take your mind off your professional life. Watch a movie, play a round of golf, pick up an instrument and play some music – whatever you choose, have fun and enjoy yourself.