Work can be consuming, overwhelming and stressful. Going to work can feel like a death sentence and when you get home you are so exhausted you have no energy to do the things you need or want to do around the house. If this sounds familiar, it is time to make some changes. Living in a perpetual state of stress and unhappiness will take its toll on you in every way. You many notice health challenges, emotional struggles, and social exclusion. To get back on top of things and take back control of your life, try implementing some of the following tips.
Make A List
As redundant and over stated this may be, make a to-do list to keep track of all the things you need to do. There is something about seeing things written or typed out that make it easier to concentrate, focus, and get things done. You also get the added satisfaction of crossing something off or erasing it. For some reason this feels good and gives you more of a sense of accomplishment than just getting things done.
Acknowledge and Congratulate Yourself
Throughout a work week you are doing countless tasks and activities, taking part in meetings, and getting more done than you may realize. When you take the time to reflect on the things that you have been getting done and crossing off, you will feel better about yourself, recognize your abilities and feel better about continuing to work. Focusing on your accomplishments and rewarding yourself in small ways can make work seem less stressful and make you feel more competent and ready to tackle new projects.
Do Things You Enjoy
It can be tempting after a long day at work to go home and veg on the couch. Eating crappy food and getting no exercise will not make you feel any better. Instead, try scheduling something that you enjoy doing, even if you are tired. This doesn’t have to be a large time commitment or something that is overwhelming, in fact, we need the opposite. Grab a drink with a friend you haven’t caught up with for a while, do something artistic, or go for a run or walk.
Prepare For The Week
To reduce stress and allow for more productivity and enjoyment at work and more energy when you get home, schedule out your week. Write down events and activities that you know are coming up. A stressed out mind tends to be a forgetful one. When you forget things, typically you will talk down to yourself for being so dumb, etc. To prevent this, make notes. Not forgetting things, and thus not having extra reasons to talk down to yourself or feel bad reduces and prevents added stresses.
Find as many ways to enjoy life as possible. Life is not all about work, just as it isn’t all about playing. Finding a good balance is key to being happy and healthy.