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4 Ways for the Busy Professional to Relax

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Are you the kind of person that takes work home with you? Do you work more than the eight hours your full-time job requires? You’re not alone; there are thousands of people who burn the candle at both ends and do far more than they should. Even if you like what you do, it’s important to take a break from work and find ways to relax. Working non-stop and always thinking about work can make your life very stressful, which is not good for your mind, body or your health. Everyone deserves a break now and again, and you might find it improves your overall performance. If you’re too busy for a holiday from work here are some original ways to recharge your batteries.

  • Get Up and Go

One of the best things you can do to de-stress and relax at the end of a long day is to get up and go and get some exercise. Physical activity is great for getting in touch with your senses. Not only that, but it also helps strengthen your muscles, reduce certain health risks, and improve your mood. Take up cycling, hiking or running or join your local gym. Even if you don’t fancy any of these, movement of any kind is better than none.

  • Give Yourself a Treat

Set aside a day for relaxing and give yourself a treat to make it feel a little more special. It might be something as simple as a long soak in the bath, or it could be something a little more extravagant such as tickets to a music concert. Wherever you live there are venues that regularly hold sporting and live music events, and they can be very uplifting experiences. Tickets for such events can be bought through online vendors such as www.ticketsales.com.

  • Unplug and Enjoy the Day

Do you leave your mobile phone switched on 24 hours a day? Have you thought about switching it off for a few hours or even the whole day? Mobile devices are great because they allow us to keep in touch with friends and family but do we really need to keep them on constantly? We all seem to be so afraid of missing out on something that we can’t stop checking on our social media news feeds, and it can be hard to break this addiction. If you’re paying more attention to your digital devices than you are to your friends and family, you need some kind of intervention. Put your device in a drawer and enjoy chilling at home with a simple meal and some pleasant company.

  • Meditate

Meditation is a very effective way to recharge your batteries whatever time it is and wherever you are. It helps to increase your focus, enables a relaxed state of mind, reduces anxiety and stress and increases your creativity and compassion.

Everyone seems to be hard-wired to rush nowadays. We fill our downtime and keep ourselves busy until our bodies can’t cope any longer. You might think you’re too busy to relax, but your body will appreciate it if you find time to do it every day.

 

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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