As a nation, we’ve never worked harder. Whereas humans once labored for an average of just three hours a day, we now live in a culture that’s dominated by a ‘long hours’ mentality. We spend from nine in the morning until five in the evening slogging away at our desks, striving as hard as we can to meet our deadlines, and impress our bosses.
Even though some people thrive on such a set-up, it’s still important to have a proper work-life balance, but spending so much time in the office can mean we find it difficult to switch off come to the end of the day, and that we carry our stresses with us into our home lives.
That’s why it’s important to teach yourself a few simple ways to relax and unwind once the working day is done. Here are four that might come in handy.
Drink a cup of tea
It might sound too simple to be true, but one easy way to settle an overwrought mind is to drink a cup of tea. Although we’re not suggesting this is a miracle cure for all life’s ills, a study by the University College London indicated that a daily dose of this liquid stress reliever can help you to more quickly recover from anxiety-inducing incidents. Test subjects who were given black tea four times a day for six weeks were found to have lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, than those who hadn’t followed this routine.
Speak to a spiritualist
For those with a more spiritual approach, it can also be soothing to think outside of the box and turn to a free psychic chat for assistance. Giving you a chance to connect with lost loved ones and perhaps gain a little clarity, there are those who find it invaluable in terms of providing them with some much-needed direction. If nothing else, it gives you someone outside of the situation to talk to, which can be useful in and of itself, offering an opportunity to discreetly discuss any problems you might be having.
Play a game
Did you know that playing a game could also be a good way to get on top of your worrying? Although it may sound rather infantile, the repetitive actions and mental focus required are a good way to soothe yourself and reduce stress levels and help to break up negative thought processes too. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a quick game of solitaire, a crossword app you’ve downloaded onto your phone, or having a go at a slot game you’ve found online, so long as it requires a little concentration and gives you a small but satisfying thrill at the end of it.
Reduce your social media activity
Last but not least, we suggest you try and keep your social media activity to a minimum once your out-of-office goes on. Research has indicated that spending too much time online can be really bad for our well-being. This is because platforms like Facebook and Instagram inevitably lead to unhealthy comparisons with those around us, making us feel like we have to work harder and harder to match their successes. Take a little bit of time off from this internet world and you should find yourself feeling a whole lot better about your own situation.
Why not give these four simple tricks a shot today to see if they help you?