You have been busy all week-long! Your mind is racing and your heart is pounding as the deadlines approach. These tasks are getting out of hand. It is no wonder that you feel down in the dumps.
Fortunately for you, there are affordable (and free) solutions to help ease the tension.
#1: ACTING VERSUS REACTING
When we come face-to-face with the circumstances which are out of our control, we typically experience stress. It activates mental and physical responses that can tear your productivity and well-being in the long run. This can be problematic at work.
Start focusing on the aspects that are within your control (e.g., your thoughts about your co-workers or your business attire). This will help ease your worries.
#2: STICKING TO THE SCHEDULE
Many Singaporeans propel through the day without taking significant breaks. You may think that you get more work done if you do not rest. However, doing so is counter-productive. Sleep deprivation can lower your concentration and productivity levels.
Consider scheduling a series of breaks throughout the day. For instance, you may allot 5 minutes to stretch in the breakroom or to do breathing exercises while sitting down. You need these breaks to allow yourself to remain energized while working.
#3: WALKING YOUR ADORABLE PET
Walking your dog at the nearby park is a concrete and no-cost hack to relieve your stress. Not only will you be able to exercise your dog, but you will also have his or her lovely company. This is healthier than sitting on a couch while emptying a pint of ice-cream.
If you do not own a pet, you may opt to brisk walk for 30 minutes instead. Ramp up your speed gradually.
#4: TREATING HOME AS A SAFE HAVEN
Let us be honest! The root of all your worries resides at work. If you regularly continue your tasks at home then, you may create a work-life conflict. Treat your home as a safe haven by building a boundary between these two realms.
As much as possible, avoid answering your emails from home or work-related phone calls before you sleep. You are not a convenience center who has to be available 24/7.
#5: PLAYING LIKE A CHILD
Children may not have the responsibilities and the pressures that the adult world brings, but they do have one thing. I am referring to the luxury of play. Blocks, jigsaw puzzles, and coloring books are just some of the things that are meant to be enjoyed by the kids. Why should they have all the fun?
Cognitive stimulation and entertainment does not stop with age. Try it. You may keep adult coloring books on your desk to free your mind during the office lunchtime. Popular Bookstore sells these books for as low as S$8.43.