When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you do? Do you reach for your phone and check your email before even getting out of bed?
When you say breakfast, do you think of a healthy, nutritious meal, or is it something you get from a fast food takeout window? When you say lunch, are we talking about something you made at home and packed for work, or is it just a sandwich from the corner deli? When you say dinner, is it any actual food, or would you rather just go to sleep?
Oh, and before you go to sleep, do you still check your email?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, then we’re here to tell you to relax. Seriously.
We know it’s easier said than done though, and sometimes even just taking a 30-minute soak in your tub can feel like too much when there are so many other things waiting for you at the computer.
Science has shown that when the body is running on an erratic sleep schedule, or if you constantly skip meals, then it’s going to be hard for you to relax. Instead, you’ll end up feeling more tired since you’re denying your body the rest it needs.
You’ll be prone to making more mistakes, then you have to redo everything again, and it’s going to take up more of your time and energy. And nobody wants that.
The thing is, we’re all banking on having enough time to do work and play, but what some of us fail to realize is that time isn’t infinite. There are only 24 hours in a day, after all. No more, no less.
What we can do to make the most out of each day is to make sure we are properly renewing our energy. Work takes a lot out of us, and forcing yourself to operate when you barely have enough mental power isn’t doing anybody a favor.
Instead of checking your emails in the morning and worrying yourself before work hours even start, dedicate this time to doing quick workouts. Take short naps. Did you know that taking a cup of coffee before taking a nap will actually boost your energy when you wake up?
It’s important to put yourself in a healthy state of mind and to keep your body in its best condition. After all, taking care of yourself will improve your performance at work, give you enough energy to hang out with your friends and family, and of course, boost your health.
Do less work and dedicate some time to your wellbeing — it’s going to pay off in the long run.
For now, here are more examples you can relax without feeling guilty!
Take 10 minutes out of your day to meditate
This is especially true if you’re an overachiever! Your mind tends to run 24/7, with ideas cropping up in your head. More often than not, you’re going to feel like there’s an information overload. Maybe you’re guilty of randomly snapping at a coworker because your valve just burst, or maybe you’ve experienced waking up one day and felt the tiredness deep in your bones.
Whatever the reason, taking at least 10 minutes every day for silence or meditation will help calm you down and recenter your focus.
Explore a change in your scenery
If you’re a big city girl, the moment you have time for a vacation, go explore the outdoors. Take a beach trip, go mountain climbing. Keep away from concrete jungles for a minute, and see how much this is going to refresh you.
Let that blank space in your calendar stay blank
Seriously. You don’t have to go and think, “Oh, this one’s vacant. What can I squeeze in here?” Just let it be – take this vacant time to take a nap, meditate, read a book. Don’t overcrowd your schedule!
Remind yourself that urgent doesn’t mean important
There’s always going to be something that needs to be added to your to-do list. Learn how to better delegate the things you need to do. Unimportant and not urgent tasks should go to the bottom of your pile, just below important but not urgent, unimportant but urgent, and important and urgent.
Don’t break yourself in half trying to accomplish a meager task and then cramming another activity that holds more importance and urgency.
Learn to acknowledge that you’re not invincible
The reason you feel so burnt out all the time is probably that you work too much, too hard, without taking breaks. There’s no shame in admitting to yourself that you can’t do everything, even if you do try.
How many times did you feel stressed or burnt out because you didn’t know when to stop? If you’re feeling stressed out, the way to go about it isn’t to turn your attention to another task. It’s to turn to yourself to assess how you’re feeling and acknowledging that you need a break.