In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to find the perfect balance between work and play. When there’s always another job to be ticked off the list, and the boundaries between home and work can become blurred it’s difficult to know exactly when you should switch off. Throw in any other responsibilities into the mix: caring for kids, managing a household and maintaining friendships, and it can lead to an enormous amount of stress. Getting enough rest and learning how to relax is so important, you’ll be happier and more productive without the risk of a meltdown occurring at any given moment. If life has got you feeling overwhelmed, try taking these simple tips on board.
Get Enough Sleep
A lack of sleep has the ability to turn even the nicest and most patient people into absolute monsters. It will leave you grouchy, accident prone, forgetful and depressed- throw in a load of daily stress into the mix and it’s easy how this can be so catastrophic. Good sleep routines are essential, as no matter what life throws you’ll have your best thinking head on and be energized enough to tackle it if you’re well rested. Invest in blackout curtains and the most comfortable bed you can afford. High-quality sheets, a duvet that is the correct tog setting for the season and mattress topper will ensure you have the best sleep possible. Refer to this mattress toppers guide for more information.
This once considered ‘hippy’ practice is now recognized as being useful for improving health and wellbeing. The good thing about meditation is you don’t need any fancy equipment or even much time, just twenty minutes and a quiet place. It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and reduce stress. Clear your mind, focus on your breathing and allow your muscles to relax. You’ll return to whatever you were doing feeling more focused and energized.
Turn off Technology
Having a break from technology can be really beneficial. Every so often tries having a family blackout where you switch off all technology for one evening. You could read books, play board games and tell stories instead of idly gawping at the tv. Even if you don’t do a full technology blackout, it’s worth switching off all technology an hour before bed as you will get a much more refreshing sleep. Experts have suggested that the bright light from technology screens can interrupt the chemicals that signal the brain to wind down for the night.
Start a Worry Journal
Excessive worrying leads to anxiety and stress, and a whole host of symptoms including insomnia, tense muscles, and racing heart. We all worry to some degree, but if your worries seem to have taken over (and your doctor has ruled out a medical problem) then there are steps you can take to get it under control. A ‘worry journal’ can be a useful tool, this is where you allow yourself a short amount of time each day to think about your worries and write them down. From there you can come up with solutions and a plan to get you back on track. Having a set amount of time to properly think about and address your fears can be useful, it stops mindless worrying throughout the day and just the act of writing things out can be cathartic.