In the Workplace
Work is stressful. There’s no escaping it. You wouldn’t get paid for your job if it didn’t involve some stress. But you can combat this stress by taking short breaks and using your spare time for power naps, exercise, or meditation. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to your boss about taking shorter breaks more frequently. Managers want you to feel your best at work, so they’ll often try to accommodate reasonable requests like this. Don’t just let your stress fester! Be proactive and propose solutions to your boss.
Home is supposed to be where you go to escape the stresses of the world. But home often means rooms to clean, dinners to cook, and kids to bathe and tuck in. Not much of a break after a long day at work! Don’t despair—instead, talk to your spouse about dividing more of the household duties. If you’re a single parent, you can enlist your children in finishing chores. If the stress still isn’t gone, there’s nothing wrong with hiring a cleaning service to maintain your house.
Vacations sound nice until you realize how much can go wrong. You could lose your baggage, get detained in a foreign country, and have your house robbed while you’re away! Was this supposed to be relaxing? It can be! Prepare ahead of time for any contingency. Pack an overnight bag for your airplane carry-on, keep important documents in your travel purse, and hire a house sitter for the week. Everything will be fine, and you’ll get to have some well-deserved fun.