Your past-times say a lot about you: they also have a big impact on your moods, physical well being, and how you function at work.
Because your free time is so precious, you might not think about it in relation to your professional life, but when you have the sort of day that stays with you when you step through the front door, it’s good to have an arsenal of stress-busting activities up your sleeve.
So why not try one of our top five tried and tested methods for combating work worries, leaving you free to tackle your 9-5 with renewed vigour:
Work up a sweat
Exercise is about as good as it gets when it comes to stress busting; with cardio helping you to release tension in a positive way, and yoga coming up trumps for clearing your mind and achieving clarity.
Shop ‘til you drop
Retail therapy — it’s called therapy for a good reason. Even if pay day is dragging its heels on the distant horizon, and you’ll have to wait until the end of the month to buy those fancy new outfits, you’ll still have fun trying them on.
It might not sound like the most exciting of activities, but tidying, cleaning, and all-round organising can do wonders for your stress levels; leaving you feeling fresh, focused, and more in control of your home life — and freeing up a huge amount of head space for those work time challenges.
Talk it out
Having a good chat with your friends and family can be one of the most therapeutic things you can do — after all, a problem shared is a problem halved. Talking with friends can help to put things into perspective; so when you feel like that last run in with your boss could spell the untimely end of your career, they’ll help you to see sense.
Take a walk
Going for a leisurely stroll can lift your mood no end; giving you a chance to reflect on the day and plan for the week ahead. Whether it’s at the park, in the countryside, or through the city, getting out and about on your own is bound to leave you with a spring in your step.
Pick whichever one works for you; or, if you’ve had a really bad day, try the lot. Whatever you do to unwind, remember that keeping a clear head, giving yourself plenty of ‘me’ time, and approaching every challenge with a fresh focus, will help you to achieve peak performance in the workplace, and peace of mind in your leisure time.
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