Finding time to relax should be a key part of your lifestyle, and usually we associate this down time with holidays and Sunday mornings, although, there are techniques we can utilise in work to ensure we are getting some stress free minutes every day.
Whether you work from home, in an office, or in the great outdoors there are key things you can be doing to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Take A Break
It all starts with identifying the key moments for relaxation, the obvious time would be lunch break, at which point you may wish to take a walk, or if your job involves being on your feet, take a moment to sit down. Alternatively, it is suggested that breaks from the PC are taken every 50-60 minutes at which point you could simply turn off your screen and focus your mind, or pop and make a cuppa!
Check Your Surroundings
Cluttered spaces and dark rooms can have a negative impact on your productivity; if you can change your surroundings then go for light colours, or the colour blue, which 43% of people associate with relaxation, according to a recent survey from Furniture At Work.
If you work indoors, then adding plants to the room has many benefits including boosting immunity, ease of breathing, and tolerance for others. There’s even a name for the relationship humanity has with the natural world and that is biophilia.
Exercising may raise our heart rate and use energy but finding time to exercise can help keep our bodies limber, pumping more oxygen to the brain and making us feel healthier in ourselves.
Finding time to exercise can be a challenge, especially when working, but it’s an essential part of life, which is why you should find simple ways to exercise through the day.
Some options are to use lunch hours to get a few steps in, cycle to work, do some office yoga, or try standing up in meetings.
Eating well can have many lifestyle benefits and can help you to relax. If you enjoy what you are eating and it is healthy then your body can function better, making your life a little less stressful.
Drinking plenty of water is also vitally important to ensuring you are hydrated, which can help with concentration, which is beneficial for those long afternoons.
Taking the time to look after yourself should be at the top of your list, and a vital part of life should be to destress, and making small changes to diet, exercise regime and your surroundings can make all the difference.