10 Tips to De-stress from Work

Close the Mental Office ‘Door’

It’s okay to love what you do; it’s okay to have passion for your work. But you’re not defined by what you do professionally. Stop being a workaholic, and learn to slow down and “turn off” work.

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Leave Work on Time

Your personal life is at least as important as your work life. Facing this reality and learning to work with it will make you feel more successful and less stressed. So remember to get home and enjoy your home life.

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Laugh a Little

Lighten up and laugh at life’s absurdities. Remember, the lower your stress level, the higher your appreciation of life and your ability to care for others.

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Rest, Relax, and Play Daily

Some 40 percent of people surveyed say they don’t spend enough time enjoying leisure activities. The biggest obstacle to play? Ourselves. Give yourself permission to have fun.

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Go on a Long Vacation

Everyone needs a change of pace and scenery and

fun on a regular basis. Vacations offer the restorative power many people desperately need. Without the ability to recharge your batteries for a long period of time, you’re on a slippery slope to burnout.

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Create Fond Memories

Don’t ignore your family in favor of earning a living. Create positive experiences that stir their emotions and will therefore impact them, so they’ll remember the good times.

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Have Regular ‘Family Time’

The traditions you share with your family are important ways to nurture and express your love for the important people in your life, and to create those fond memories that make you a family.

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Make Time for a Favorite Hobby

Having a hobby is a great way to re-energize. Whether you like to knit, create scrapbooks, or design clothes, do something regularly. Make time for it. Hobbies are a wonderful outlet for the creative expression missing in many people’s lives.

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Force Yourself to Slow Down

Time management doesn’t mean packing your day like a moving van, ensuring every single minute is full. What’s really at issue is not the quantity of time, but its texture.

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Take Care of Yourself Regularly

This doesn’t just mean going to the doctor and dentist regularly. Reconnect with your childhood, keep up an active social life, pamper yourself occasionally, and don’t feel guilty about downtime.

Some people may perceive playing to be frivolous, but they’re missing the point. You need occasional periods of recreation in order to avoid burn-out and to keep caring about what you’re doing with your life. Slow down and smell the flowers occasionally! Play is more than something “extra”–it’s the ultimate pillar on which your life rests.

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~ By Laura Stack

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