Summer is the time of abbreviated workdays, idle afternoons on the beach and breaks from daily problems. However, if this year is not your best one, you may find it difficult to relax in a proper way. Nevertheless, there are always good ways to rejuvenate and relax. The ability to relax is a very important one, not just in terms of your daily life, but also in terms of the quality of your life. According to scientific data, in the US, stress is linked to all major diseases, including cancer, heart diseases and depression. If you go nonstop day after day, tiredness may take its toll and you will need a long period of recovery. There’s a better way though. If you’re able to discharge from stress and detach from your problems in the middle of the storm, this will benefit your life both in the long run and in the short-term perspective. And here’s exactly how you can do it:
- Learn to Turn Yourself Off. We’re always on, even when we’re asleep, and we have forgotten how to turn ourselves off. And that’s a great source of stress. One of the most disturbing sources of stress nowadays is work at the office, because according to the recent study, which was published in Heart journal, office workers get very stressed with the need to constantly answer to e-mails. One of the ways to reduce stress is to turn yourself off from stressful activities. It doesn’t mean that you stop doing them completely, but with e-mails for instance, you can block 30 minutes in the morning or in the evening for this, and then you will not need to pay attention to the e-mails during the day (of course, if you’re not a sales person).
- Have a Chill-Out Routine. As soon as you get home, forget about work completely. Forget even this word “work”. Be like “What work? I have no idea!” Because if you’re at home, but still thinking about your job, then technically you’re still working. Do something that changes your mindset when you come home – take a shower, turn relaxing music on, go for a swim, or wear special clothes. Do anything that can make you drift away from stress.
- Go Outside. Mother Nature is the best healer. Spending time outdoors is great for both your mind and body. For your body because you get the increase in the levels of serotonin and vitamin D, and for your mind because being outdoors is a great weapon against depression. Psychologists even recommend us to do workouts outdoors, not in the gym. But in order for it to work, we have to look around and see the beauty – in a tree, in a cloud and in all the nature around us.
- Stress management doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow these three easy tips and you will improve your skill of coping with stress!