6 Ways to Relax and Start Off The Week with Less Stress
Chronic stress can zap your energy and undermine your health. If tensions build up throughout the week, you may have trouble resting and recharging on your days off, or you may be like most entrepreneurs and skip your days off. Then, you start the next week tired from the start. The technological world that we live in today has increased our workday. Many of us have smartphones that unconsciously cause us to work all day and into the night, every day of the week.
Break the cycle with this 6-step plan to squash stress before it accumulates. Start your week off feeling peaceful and relaxed.
1. Slow down. Do you rush around from Monday to Sunday trying to meet work deadlines and deliver your kids to baseball practice on time? Wake up early and leave a gap between appointments. Waking up early gives you alone time to relax and think. Leaving a gap in between appointments will allow you time to recap and evaluate what happened during the appointment. Pause to collect your thoughts, and listen to birds sing.
2. Turn off your phone. During dinner with your family, are you and everyone else on the phone? I can’t express how many times I have been to restaurants and noticed a couple attempting to have a romantic dinner and they are both on the phone texting. Try to disconnect for at least an hour each day. Connect with family and friends face-to-face instead of texting.
3. Pray and meditate. For many adults, spiritual traditions are the ultimate source of stability and contentment. Study inspirational texts and contemplate how they relate to your personal challenges.
4. Express your creativity. Whatever your beliefs, you can blow off steam by engaging in arts and crafts. Play an instrument; create a painting; or make a sweater.
5. Exercise regularly. Physical activity is good for your body and mind. In addition to burning calories, a run through the park will dissolve stress. Find a variety of workouts you enjoy so you can look forward to staying active.
6. Live mindfully. Studies show that humans aren’t very good at multitasking and jumping from one subject to another creates anxiety. Focus on the present moment to accomplish more with less effort.