As working women, we are busy-bees. Our lives are jam-packed with activities like full-time jobs, internships, graduate programs, interviews, meetings, conferences, family gatherings, play dates, etc. We are constantly on-the-go and sometimes stress can get the best of us. At times it seems like we must be superheroes because how we get it all done, I have no idea. So before stress piles up and things get out of hand, a timeout is needed. A small break to relax and unwind. We have gathered our staff’s 5 favorite relaxation tips on how to reduce stress.
1. Take a Bath
A warm bath always seems to make everything better. Not sure what your bath ritual is – bath bombs, essential oils, candles, chocolates or wine, but do whatever it is you enjoy. Take this time to relax and unwind mentally and physically. No list making or business planning during this time. Just enjoy the peace and quiet.
2. Read a Book
Put down your phone and pick up a book. Find a book that interests you and set aside some time every night or a couple nights a week to read. Do this in a quiet place where there will be no interruptions. Allow yourself to get swept away in the story and escape all your worries and stress. This is also a great time for a relaxing cup of tea.
3. Take a Meditation Break
Meditation is a great way to relieve stress. Turn off all electronic devices and find a quiet spot where you can meditate without interruptions. Take a couple deep breaths (in through your nose and then out through your mouth) to help relax your body and mind. Consequently freeing your mind of all distractions and simply focusing your attention on your controlled breathing. Meditation is something you can do at the start or end of your day. The goal is to find peace and tranquility in the moment.
4. Chat with your Friends
Take the time to catch up with a friend. Meet-up for coffee, tea or cosmos; whichever you prefer (we won’t judge) and just talk. It doesn’t have to be a long get together, whatever you can fit in your schedule. Avoid all work-related talk or any other subject that may cause you stress or anxiety. This should be a fun and relaxing time.
5. Treat Yourself to a Mani & Pedi
We would rather have an entire day at the spa but if you don’t have the time or money for that, then get a mani and a pedi. Nothing like a little pampering to relax and release stress. Take the time to flip through the magazines and read up on all that juicy gossip.
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By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy