Phew! It’s another week which means another round of the grind, going through routines and trying to manage a too-busy worklife. That’s not even including changes being implemented in the organization that leave you wondering about the stability of the company, your future and then there’s the stress caused by problems outside of work.
According to Forbes, “more than 40% of adults say they lie awake at night plagued by the stressful events of the day.” Do you belong to those statistics? We don’t blame you. Day-to-day problems and worries can sometimes be too much for one person to handle. That’s why we prepared these tips so you can take life’s curveballs in stride.
Tip #1: Take deep breaths.
We’re not usually aware of it but at times, we do things that shorten our breathing such as slouching. This reduces oxygen intake which can cause fatigue since oxygen is vital for our body to function properly, including ability to do mental work. Taking time to do deep breathing brings in more oxygen into your bloodstream to be distributed to different parts of the body and calms you down at the same time. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, breathe deep.
Tip #2: Learn to let go.
You’re human. You can only do so much. Focus on things you can control and learn to let go of the things that you can’t influence. The best thing about our scope of control is we can manage how we react to events so we can maneuver around those roadblocks or discover more efficient methods to get to our goals.
Tip #3: Plan your day.
“Failing to plan is planning to fail,” said our good friend (ahem-we-wish-ahem), Alan Lakein, an author on self-help books covering time management. Breaking down daily tasks helps you get more things done because they allow you to prioritize to-dos better. Also, seeing those get crossed off the list one by one gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Tip #4: Look after your health.
This means maintaining a proper diet and getting enough sleep, at least. Don’t think working out can replace sleep because it can’t. There is no replacement for sleep. That’s the only time when your body heals itself. Allocating less time for sleep robs your body of the chance to self-heal. Sufficient sleep also improves memory and other mental abilities, allows your heart to rest, brightens your mood and reduces those unhealthy cravings.
Tip #5: Break away.
We’re given lunch breaks, snack time, and vacation days for a purpose - to use them. Breaking away from your tasks, even for a short amount of time, prevent you from becoming burnt-out. Do your best to keep your work within the allotted time and use your breaks for other activities such as hobbies, socializing with workmates, getting in touch with family and friends, and self-education. This creates a more holistic and satisfying growth for you as a person.
Now, ready to tackle on the day? We’ve got one more thing for you. Life is always a little better with music. Our playlist will be your best partner to take on daily battles. Sing it out that Battle Cry!
Photo credits: The Register