The Harvard Business Review offers sure fire stress-management tips with its Management Tip of the Day which can be viewed at: (http://www.hbr.org). The most important tip concerns a work recess, not so different from a child’s concept of the same. Stepping away from devices and taking a “playtime” break does wonders for improving any perspective and increasing productivity. The biggest challenge may be what to do during this recess time and that may require a little thinking and planning.
One easy thing you can do is to simply turn off your cell phone and therefore any communication with the outside world for thirty minutes. Take a rest from incoming messages. Another idea is to splurge on an unusual food or drink you have been wanting to try. (If it’s an alcoholic drink, be careful, since you should return to your office as sober as you left). Visit a new farmer’s market or buy a food you have never tried before. Lastly, do a crossword or read a book. Non-work activity is what you need to clear your mind, even if it’s only for 20 minutes or so.
The debilitating aspects of stress can get to all of us and affect family and work relationships. Set your priorities. Get more sleep, exercise regularly and avoid too much caffeine and alcohol. Learn to harness stress so that it can work for you and not against you. This can be done by training yourself to renew yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually and by learning how to keep a bad day at the office at the office.
Meditation can help a great deal as well as a vacation without your laptop and without guilt. Try and inject humor into your routine. It can diffuse stress and makes things more pleasant. Work on what you can do to make things better for others as well as yourself.
Help is on the way from the inside out.
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