Now that the winter is behind us, we can relax right?
Spring brings with it a bunch of “to do” lists…spring cleaning, vacation planning, and yard work. The truth is, there is always something going on that can cause stress, regardless of the time of year. If this means you actually have to schedule some rest time, then do so.
Springtime is a great time to talk about stress management. Some of us have a daily routine that involves relaxation time, and others may take a break from it all only when we take a vacation.
Here are some tips to help all of us “re-charge our batteries” on a more regular basis.
Meditation: Meditation and reflection can help you to reach a higher level of spiritual awareness. Focusing on your breathing helps to relax your body and can provide relief from a variety of stress-related physical and mental problems, as well as give you a stronger immune system, longer life, increased energy and positive changes in your thoughts and outlook. Mediation can take many forms and does not require any kind of special equipment or training. You can meditate at any time, and anywhere that you choose. Meditation can help you to regain your sense of focus and help you to reach a calmer state.
Sleep: Chances are, you are not getting enough sleep. Seven to eight hours of sleep a night are recommended for optimum health. Lack of sufficient sleep can affect vision, hearing, attention, memory and movement, as well as productivity and effectiveness at work and at home. Getting a good night’s rest, or taking an afternoon nap, or even taking an afternoon walk outside of the office, is beneficial to both your body and mind.
Massage Therapy: Yes, massage therapy. Not for your clients…for you! When the last time you had a massage? Be honest! As practitioners, we spend our entire work week giving. Practically speaking, we should be getting a massage once a week or at least once a month. Don’t forget – you gain the same benefits from a massage that you give to your clients. A massage is rejuvenating, refreshing, and relaxing.
No matter how you choose to spend your time away from work, try to incorporate some “me” time. You may choose to get a massage, take a nap, go for a hike, or try a craft like painting or knitting. The important thing is that you take some time for yourself. You, and your clients, will benefit from you taking a break!