More and more of us are experiencing stress at work. From looming deadlines to limited manpower and constant pressure to the worry of being made redundant, there is plenty of opportunity to get stressed out and many more of us succumb each year.
While you might actually enjoy the plate-spinning madness of your job, you should not underestimate the consequences of being stressed all the time. However much you gain from finally solving the problems in front of you, you must also remember that you need to calm down and relax after work.
So, if you are stressed at work, here are a few things you can do to relax at home.
Leave Work at Work
For many professionals, especially those who are self-employed, leaving work at work is really difficult. You might have thought that homework would be left behind at school, but no – plenty of business owners, teachers and freelancers have homework to do as well.
If you can, you should try to stay at work until you have finished for the day and then refuse to take anything home with you. If you don’t have a workplace, try going out to find a shared workspace or coffee shop so that you don’t have to work at home. Splitting your workplace and home like this will make it easier to relax when you get in and take your mind off work.
Do You Have a Work/ Life Balance?
People talk about the work/ life balance but what do they really mean? Well, essentially, you need to find a way to get enough rest in order to succeed at your job. Sometimes this might mean turning down work so that you can do better at what you are doing, but other times, it means working like crazy now to get that holiday in the sun later on.
Medical professionals are often the worst for achieving a work/ life balance because their jobs are so high-pressured and non-stop. However, there are a few nursing work life balance tips you can have a look at to help. You will know when you have achieved the best work/ life balance when you feel relaxed at home and non the ball at work.
Increase Your Exercise Routine
It might be the last thing you want to do after a long and stressful day, but exercise is ridiculously good for you. Even a short walk around the block will give you time and space to think things over and clear your mind while you stretch out your back muscles. It seems that walking can even help you sleep better at night – ideal if you are struggling with insomnia.
Getting more exercise will also help to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level and give you a boost of serotonin (the happy hormone) once you workout is complete. If you aren’t one for doing exercise by yourself, joining a group will give you the motivation and social you need to get going. Work couldn’t be left further behind.
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