Relaxing is necessary for your productivity, your health, and your happiness. You should never underestimate the value of self-care, either. Knowing how to and being able to consistently let go of the stresses of the work day is how you can manage the work/life balance, and is how you’ll accomplish your goals. Stress can ruin your health, cause sickness, and can even cause hypertension leading to heart attack.
In Japan, they have a word for people who die from overworking themselves. Their culture places work before self-care, and it is hurting them on an industrial scale. While in the west the work/life culture is not quite so dire, it is important to put more emphasis on your own health. Stress isn’t just a mental concern either. Stress causes muscles to tense and knot, leading to real pain that can prevent you from working effectively.
To help you manage your stress, try these five methods:
- Cut Off Work Communication
Once you are at home, it is your time, not your company’s. Cut off work communication and leave it for the morning. If you struggle with managing your stress, this is a crucial step to staying healthy. Your health is not a joke. It needs to be maintained if you want to be productive day after day. Going to work haggard, tired, and stressed is how you have a break down, not how you succeed.
- Manage Your Illnesses instead of Fighting Them
Mental illness is not a joke, and neither is how you manage your mental illness. If you have been prescribed medical marijuana, for instance, you shouldn’t be ashamed to use it. You also don’t need to go out and pick up your prescription, either, and can instead use Dope Mail to discretely send your prescription to you. That way you can maintain calm and help you manage your mental (or physical) illness
- Redesign Your Home
Your home should be your oasis. As such, it’s time to put more effort back into your home. Repaint the walls, make sure everything is clean, and most of all, make sure that it is relaxing. Your home should be a place of safety and of calm. If there are things that stress you out, like a crack in the wall, fix them.
- Make Bedtime Sacred
Your sleep is key to your health and to your ability to relax. That is why you need to improve your bedtime immediately. Start by utilizing the nighttime function on your electronics. This will change the blue-light from your screens to a warmer hue. Another way to avoid the blue-light that disrupts your circadian rhythm is to avoid electronics entirely. Reading can be very relaxing, and can also help you combat the shortened attention span that the Internet has caused.
- Balance Alone Time and Friends
When you get home after a day of work, it can be very tempting to spend the rest of it snuggled up on your couch. The problem with this, however, is that it socially isolates you. Balance your friends with your alone time.
Relax to balance your work/life better. Relax to enjoy life. Relax to be a better you.