As a small business owner doing the work of a team of twenty, it is hard sometimes to get rest and to just relax. My mind races in several directions at once and I can't seem to slow down, no matter how hard I try. That's just the nature of the business.
However, I have learned there are ways that I can relax and release some of the "bad" stress that comes along with the mental fatigue. It's not always easy to push aside all of my tasks to take a break for me. I have to force myself sometimes. So how do I rest and "de-stress?"
Here are a few ways I have learned to recharge my batteries so I work better and feel a little more relaxed.
1.) Meditate or pray. This one is just a habit with me. I dedicate each morning to prayer and reading my Bible. It is my way of getting prepared for the day. I find my mind is more focused after doing this. Some people meditate and think positive thoughts for their day.
2.) Exercise. It's rather hard to stop and exercise if you are working, but there are ways you can get up and move. Stand up at your desk and stretch, especially the neck and shoulder muscles. If you take a break for lunch, go for a walk.
3.) Take deep breaths. According to WebMD, deep breathing slows the heart rate and lowers the blood pressure. Close your eyes to help focus on the breathing.
4.) Talk to someone. Sometimes, all we need is a listening ear. Reach out to a friend and just vent a little. Share some concerns you might have or get some feedback on how to better organize your day.
5.) Laugh. Laughter really is some of the best medicine. Experts at Mayo Clinic claim that laughter can soothe tension and, as a long-term affect, improve your immune system, as well as other health benefits.
When you are feeling stressed or just need to re-focus, try these methods first. You will be amazed at the benefits a few adjustments will make during your work day.