The dictionary definition of stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.’ In a fully connected world, it’s easy to often feel consumed by work – unable to relax and remove yourself from a working environment. But with the distinction between work/life balance blurring, it’s important to keep some time to yourself to make sure you don’t overwork yourself and become burnt out. This in turn will lead to higher quality of work. So what are some ways to turn your stress into success? Read on to find out:
This is an important point for anyone. In a world where everything is connected, it’s important to disconnect yourself from work. Leave the house without your mobile, don’t check your emails for a whole weekend or just giving yourself a break from technology can work wonders for stress levels. Make sure you set certain boundaries too, such as no checking emails after 6pm, or turning off your laptop and television an hour before you go to bed. This allows you time to ‘re-charge’.
If you’re feeling over-worked or burnt out, the best thing to do is to talk about it. And it could be with anyone – chat with your partner, your friends, your boss or your colleagues. The cliche is true – a problem shared is a problem halved! Talking through your problems means those close to you can support and help you through your stressful time. It also is great to put into words how you feel, which will in-turn make things clearer for you.
3) Get moving
This point works with the idea of unplugging for a while. It’s been proven that getting up and moving can actually reduce stress levels. So get up, go for a walk to relax. It’s also important to make exercise a routine in your life so why not join a gym or a weekly running club?
4) Spring Clean
Having a spring clean may be the last thing on your mind when you’re feeling overworked and stressed, but it can work wonders for your piece of mind. Start small – clear out your desk drawer or target a specific area of your office to spring clean. You’ll feel fresher, lighter and de-cluttered.
Taking enough holiday is an important aspect of working life, and it really reflects in the quality of your work too. Make sure you take a break every once in a while – even if you use the time off to relax close to home, everyone needs some R&R – no matter where you are!
Having a regular sleeping pattern is very important for both mental and physical wellbeing. Make sure you have at least 8 hours sleep a night – and wake up early so you can take time in the morning to reflect and relax. There’s nothing worse than feeling rushed off your feet all day – and waking up early will help you feel like you don’t have too.