If you are overworked (and many of us work more than 8 hours), and at home barely have time to have dinner, and immediately start washing/cleaning, or starting to do domestic work – sooner or later your nervous system will get tired.
Swimming pool, gym, yoga, or massage – despite the popularity of all this, many people simply do not have time for this kind of rest. The result – neurosis, gastritis, heart, and vascular problems, nervous cramps.
Plus the internal setup that just doing nothing for even half an hour – is an unacceptable luxury. It is especially difficult for workaholics to switch from “work” mode to “rest” mode.
How to differentiate time for rest and work?
Rest, like work, requires:
- certain time – will have to learn to plan rest, and it’s important;
- duration – yes, for rest, like for work will need some period of time;
- activation of a certain setup in your brain – it is important to learn to sometimes allow yourself to do nothing and not scold yourself for it.
It is important to find the type of relaxation (passive rest), ie simple activity that will not tire you even more. And also to learn control yourself and learn how to spend your time, energy, and attention.
And if it is important and pleasant for you just to play with children, then this will be your kind of rest. It can be anything, such as a board game, caring for a pet, or growing flowers. The main thing is that you do it well and thus you achieve the effect of relaxation.
And one of the main steps on the way to relaxation – to be able to disconnect from work: if in the evening at home or on weekends you check the mail, constantly answering calls – you can not fully relax. In this case, the level of stress is not reduced, and you do not rest.
Yes, you should have hours or days when you completely switch to another activity or even doing nothing, and will not think about work.
How to “unload” your brain at home on your own?
- Create a system of records and planning for yourself. Having created your own system, you will not have to remember everything and worry that you will forget something.
- Start writing down everything that worries you, all the thoughts that come to mind. You do not need to re-read what you have written, because the task of this technique is to “unload the brain”.
- Start reading novels. Even 6-10 minutes of reading a day reduces stress, helps to immerse in a fascinating plot, and also helps to disconnect from overthinking.
- Discover a new hobby. This will help you to delve into the process and gradually disconnect from work problems.
- Be sure to plan a 30-minute walk in the fresh air in the evening. Get off public transport earlier, or just take a walk at the park. Make it your ritual.
- Find yourself physical activity. Exercise lowers the level of stress hormone and increases testosterone and endorphins. Physical activity should be moderate and give you pleasure.
- Listen to music, it’s calming. It can be jazz, blues, or classical. The main thing is that you like it. Melodic rhythms will help calm down and reduce stress.
- Create an evening ritual for yourself – for example, evening tea parties, a quiet conversation with family or friends over a cup of tea will help you find inner balance.
- Try to find the time for a massage. It also helps reduce stress and ensures the production of hormones of happiness.
- Learn to meditate. Now there are many applications, video tutorials, or courses. Choose what you like and make meditation your daily practice.
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