5 Simple Ways To De-Stress From Work
The Coronavirus has truly changed the world as we know it. Now many of us are working from home, and while this has its pros and cons, the big question is, how do we differentiate between work-home responsibilities, how do we know when to switch off work mode, and how do we achieve that delicate work-life balance?
When not addressed, the stress from pushing ourselves will accumulate, resulting in poor quality of work due to mental and physical burnout, depression, physical illnesses and more.
As an entrepreneur running multiple businesses, I push myself hard to make the most out of every day. But by listening to my body, I know when it is time to step back and take some time for my mental, physical and emotional health.
So here are 5 ways to de-stress from work if you’re a digital nomad or are working from home. Hope you’ll find this helpful!1. Go On Vacations
Taking time off (without your laptops!) will reduce stress, relax the mind and body, improve physical health, inspire and motivate us and helps us get better sleep. Mentally, physically and emotionally, we can all gain a lot from packing our bags and visiting places we’ve never been to or places that we love.
According to Forbes.com, taking time off reduces stress as it removes us from the activities and environments that we associate with stress and anxiety. Taking time off will also improve our capacity to learn. When our brain is completely relaxed, it consolidates knowledge and brainpower. Read more here.
2. Go For A Walk
This is my personal favourite. Going for a short walk for just 15 minutes every day can release endorphins that subdue anxiety, increase energy levels and improve mood. I walk on the beach every day, but if you don’t have access to a park or the beach, try walking around your home or your neighbourhood.
3. Eat Well
Eating a well-balanced and healthy diet is important as it will help our bodies manage the physiological changes caused by stress. I myself prefer whole, healthy foods that are fresh and organic. I try to consume raw foods as much as I can, or foods that are boiled, steamed and grilled. Try to avoid fried foods as this can overload our systems. Fast foods and foods with MSG are a big no-no!
4. Exercise and Meditate
Exercising will release endorphins and gets the blood pumping. I love that exercising helps to improve my mood and helps me to relax. I go to the gym almost every day to lift weights and do some cardio. If you don’t want to go to the gym, try simple exercises or yoga at home with YouTube.
I also meditate every morning. It calms the mind and forces the body to slow down. Deep breathing during meditation helps increase oxygen flow throughout the body. Simply breathe in slowly through your nose, filling up your lungs completely, and then slowly breathe out through your mouth. Repeat 5-10 times as necessary.
5. Turn Off Your Electronic Gadgets
This may sound impossible in today’s day and age but it is so important. In a world without boundaries, the incessant buzzing of your gadgets can trigger symptoms of stress and anxiety. Make sure to leave your electronics at home or switch it off for a few hours on your days off, especially when you’re out for a walk or spending time with your loved ones – you’ll see just how much of a difference it can make!