The demands and chronic stress faced by men and women of this millennium can cause severe exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, wrecking not only their job performance, but also their health, happiness and relationships. That’s burnout for you! Stress-relief tips are nothing new to us, but we can only breathe deeply for this many Ohms, and how often can you gaze serenely at the ocean and forget your worries?
Other than taking deeper breaths, which does work, there are some things you can do to get everything done at work and at home without burning out – no heavy or deep breathing needed!
Ask yourself this: Do you give the best of your performance and personality to your boss and co-workers? Do you tend to get irritated and annoyed when you get home after a long day at work? Why do your work mates deserve the best of you but not your family?
Here is something I do every day as I drive home from work, courtesy of Who Will Cry When you Die by Deepak Chopra. Stay in your car for a few minutes before getting into the house. Close your eyes (don’t worry about passers-by) and think of the best memories with your family, think of the happy times and think of a very happy place. This simple and instant meditation technique works wonders for tired women who want to give their best to their family!
A lot of stress women carry around is because they take on too many things; both at work and at home. Learn how to say no when you think you have reached your brim. To avoid burnout, always have some me-time for yourself to pursue your hobbies. Take out a chunk of time and do what you enjoy most – read, take a walk, go shopping, watch a movie, meet a friend for coffee, volunteer or the best one – go for a regular massage treatment. If you can flush out stress as well as you take it in, you will not risk a burnout.
One way of ensuring that your stress does not remain bottled up within you is to exercise. The best stress buster is a good dose of yoga paired up with a generous helping of meditation. Everything is under control simply because you are under control. The best time to meditate is in the early morning and in the evening when your energy levels are low and you need a booster.
The importance of enough sleep and a good diet – this is something you read everywhere but few understand the significance of it. The lack of sleep affects our emotions and moods; consciously and sub-consciously. Having a healthy diet where processed food, excessive sugar and heavy carbs are cut out gives you an energetic stride compared to foods that make you sluggish. Go and purchase your probiotics and eat fresh, wholesome food.
Lastly, have time to chat and laugh with a friend. Some girl-time acts as a vitamin to keep you going. A little bit of sharing, caring and laughing over some coffee and cake can never hurt.
Remember that you can handle any amount of stress if you keep your mind stress free. Enjoy what you do and half of your worries are gone.