Rest and relax when you are away from work and this helps to relieve the pressure and tension which you feel. Put some time aside in your diary for time for yourself.
Make sure you have some ‘me time’ at least once a week.
Try and have some time daily but if not, have some ‘me time’ at least once a week.
Have some time just for yourself, even something completely different such as paragliding, woodwork, evening classes or keep fit.
Try to have a long relaxing bath where you can relax so that you can have some ‘me time’ and let all your worries go.
This can be going for a walk round the block, some gardening, reading a book or watching the television. Try to have a long relaxing bath where you can relax so that you can have some ‘me time’ and let all your worries go.
Be sure and have some time to yourself in your diary at least once a week to do something to help you feel better about yourself and be able to relax.
You should start to feel better about yourself and your work. Try and attend stress management training such as stress awareness courses or relaxation techniques courses. You will learn techniques and skills that can be used over and over again.
Are you feeling tense?
Keep an eye on your hands in particular as we keep a lot of tension in them which can impact on our upper body such as sore upper arms, shoulders or back. There is a clear connection being musculo-skeletal disorders and stress so it is vital that we become more aware of any tension in our bodies.
Hold the right hand tight for 10 seconds & release gently and then do the same with the left hand. Try several times and always keep an eye on your hands to make sure that they are not being held tight and clenched.
Gardening is a great way to relax and it is very therapeutic. It takes your mind off what is worrying you and helps you to focus on the job in hand. There is nothing better than watching your flowers or vegetables grow and flourish although a bit annoying when the weeds are coming through. Try not to do too much at one time - maybe a half hour or up to an hour and this helps to keep the weeds at bay.
Even if you don’t have a garden, get some plants for your home or the windowsill and carefully tend them. They are relaxing to watch and graceful.
However, it is a great motivator as well when the job is done and you can reward yourself by saying ‘well done’.
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