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10 Ways To Help You Relax In Busy Working Days

10 Ways To Help You Relax In Busy Working Days

We’re all pretty busy, aren’t we? Life is hard, and it seems like there’s always something else being added to the pile to keep you down. But staying relaxed isn’t as difficult as it seems. In fact, most of the following methods are downright simple.

The next time you feel like you’ve had enough, check out this list of ways to stay calm even under the most drastic circumstances.

1. Drink Green Tea

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    Green tea is a go-to beverage when you just need some time for yourself. Not only does it offer a pleasant and calming smell, but it also contains L-Theanine, which has proven to reduce feelings of anger. Instead of chugging your fifth cup of coffee for the day, consider trying some green tea when things get hectic at the office.

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    2. Chew Gum

    Aside from the fact that it keeps your breath fresh when you’re stuck at work and can’t brush your teeth, chewing gum is also a way to reduce your stress levels. If you’ve ever seen somebody chewing gum and thought to yourself “Man, he looks calm as could be,” it’s because he is. Chewing gum reduces anxiety, and it lowers cortisol – the stress causing hormone – as well.

    3. Give Yourself a Hand Massage

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      Believe it or not, simply rubbing your hands together firmly can alleviate stress and bring on a sense of calm. Place one thumb in-between your opposite hand’s thumb and fingers, and gently massage the pad below your thumb. For added effect, use lotion with a calming scent like lavender.

      4. Meditate

      Those who know how to meditate truly know how to relax. When you think of meditation, you probably picture sitting in a quiet room for a long period of time without moving a muscle. While there’s nothing wrong with elongated periods of meditation, five minutes of peace and quiet is really all you need to let your stress levels fall and get back to baseline. Habitual meditation allows you to be more mindful, and can also alleviate feelings of depression.

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      5. Use a Stress Ball

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        Those stress balls you see in novelty shops do actually work. Squeezing one of these is a form of progressive relaxation, in which tenseness in your muscles is worked out ever so slightly. Combine the use of a stress ball with meditation, and feel the negative energy transfer from your body to the inanimate object between your hands.

        6. Visualize Calm

        We all do it from time to time. You’ve been working feverishly for hours on end, and suddenly you fade into thoughts of lying on the beach, listening to the waves roll onto the shore. For those few moments, your earthly worries dissipate completely, and you feel at peace with the world. Visualization can help when you feel like you’re about to reach your breaking point – just make sure you calmly come back to reality soon enough.

        7. Get Up and Out

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          Knowing how to relax often means knowing when to get out of a bad situation. If you can feel your blood boiling to the point that you’re going to start acting erratically and irrationally, you absolutely need to move away from the stimulus that’s causing your stress levels to skyrocket. Go for a quick walk outside, collect your thoughts, and come back with a fresh mindset.

          8. Get Organized

          If you’re feeling stressed out, take a look at your workplace and living area. If it’s a complete mess, do something about it. Decluttering your physical surroundings and making them sparkle will drastically improve your mood, and allow you to be much more productive in the process.

          9. Exercise

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            Humans weren’t meant to sit still all day. When you feel bogged down from all the stressful work you’ve had to do over the week, hit the gym or go for a run. You’ll feel physically less cramped, and your body will release endorphins which will improve your mood, as well. Plus, when you exercise, you keep your body healthy and fit.

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            10. Enjoy Some Recreation

            The entire reason we go through so much stress is so we can enjoy life, right? Whenever the opportunity to do something fun arises, don’t waste it. Play a round of golf, see a movie, play some guitar…do whatever it is that makes you happy, so you can at least know what all the hard work is for.

             

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            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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