We're down to the last two months of the year, which means there's so much hustlin' before we get down to chill for the holidays. And for most of us, work overload means stressful days ahead. So to avoid going into a spiral of fatigue before the festive season starts, here are simple ways to ease stress in between your busy schedule.
Take a walk
Technology, without a doubt, is taking over much of our lives. And this makes anyone reachable no matter where they are and no matter what time it is. This is what makes it hard to log off from our stressors and just detach ourselves from whatever it is that works up our brains. So one practical solution to cleanse yourself, even just for a while, from the hustle and bustle of your daily and tech-centric life. One of the simplest ways to ease stress is to walk away from it all — literally.
Just leave your phone, your work desk, and just about any gadget even just for 10 to 15 minutes and walk around your house, your yard, or down the street to clear your head and settle your nerves. This will make you feel in control again and much more relaxed to face whatever it is you have to deal with head-on.
Ever noticed that when you're stressed, you tend to feel more high-functioning than usual? This is your body's way of telling you that it's using productivity to keep up with your subconscious fatigue — or in simpler terms, the busier you are, the less time you have to even think about being tired. Still, even if you're accomplishing so many things, it can lead to your breaking point. So always remember that when things are starting to pile up, instead of punching your way through it in a snap, take time to close your eyes, feel the floor beneath your feet, and breathe. This will help you feel any aches, shaking, or reactions from your body that you may be overlooking. This can also help you determine whether you actually need a bathroom break or to drink some water.
Take a power nap
Usually, tons of work also means lack of sleep. This is because we usually fit a week's work into the 24 hours of the day due to things continuously piling up. But we often forget that work will never run out no matter how much we rush it and that sleep is fundamental for us to function our best. So if you feel like it's inevitable to burn the midnight oil, one of the simplest ways to ease stress is by taking a power nap when you get the chance should be on your list — especially during the weekends.
Do something that you actually enjoy doing
In the mood for a K-drama marathon? Want to go on a hike? Been dying to visit that new pizza parlour down the street? We say make time to do it. As much as you love what you do for work, there are still so many things in life to live for. Make it a habit to treat yourself with even the simplest things after a long and hard week. This will not only help you relieve stress but will also make it feel like what you're working hard for is actually rewarding.
Having doubts whether or not work-life balance is possible? We share our two cents on the matter here.