Stress – a modern day equivalent of the plague? True, it doesn’t claim the lives of its victims with such gruesome rapidity, but it does silently destroy, not just the bodies, but the minds and souls of those who suffer from it. Sadly, we’ve come to accept it as normal factor of modern life. Stress management techniques are essential if you’re to work hard and survive. Everyone has their own methods of dealing with stress, but separating work life from home life is one of the most important ingredients in a balanced life. Here are a few tried and testing tips from a stationery supplier who manages to work hard and stay happy:
Turn off email as soon as you leave the office.
If stress is the modern day plague, then email is the modern day opium – but probably comes with more negative side effects. As hard as it can be to let our inbox go unnoticed and let emails pile up, it’s crucial for stress management to detach from your email account once you leave the office – they’ll be waiting for you once you return to work in the morning. Look at it this way: if someone really does need to get hold of you urgently, they certainly won’t do so by email. Remove social media apps from mobile devices.
Tied in with detaching from email is detaching from the clutches of social networking sites. Whether Facebook is your drug of choice, or Pinterest is your poison, getting your head out of the internet is an important part of stress management. Social media might distract us from stress, but in the long run only increases it. Delete social media apps from your phone to avoid the temptation to trawl through news feeds during idle moments.
Turn off screens.
If you’re reading this, chances are you spend much of your day looking at some form of screen, be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. Then, after a trying day at work, you get home and the easiest thing to do is turn on your favourite series. That adds up to many hours spent looking at screens. In the interests of stress management, try making your evenings screen-free. Pick up a book (not an ebook) and read for escapism – something stationery suppliers are big supporters of. You could also play board games with your other half or kids, or listen to music. Your eyes, mind and brain will all appreciate the break.
Sit at the table for dinner rather than watching TV on the couch.
Another habit that’s rife in the modern world is eating in front of the television. Not only is this bad for digestion – your posture when sitting on the couch is not ideal for processing food – but it can also get messy. It’s also unlikely you’re paying much attention to your food. Make the effort to sit at a table when having dinner. If you don’t have a dining table, then sit upright on the couch, but keep the TV turned off and talk to your spouse or room-mates instead.
Plan something social each week.
Five weekdays spent doing nothing but work is enough to make anyone burn out. One effective stress management tip is to plan a special occasion at least once during the Monday to Friday period. The burden of work will be lessened if you know that you’re going to the theatre on Wednesday or have book club on Thursday.
Get outdoors more.
Unless you’re a tennis coach, you probably spend most of the working day indoors. Spending too much time in air-conditioned, artificially lit rooms is not conducive to good stress management – after all, we’re natural beings that have evolved to live outdoors. Try to spend an hour or so outdoors every day. You might fit in a lunchtime walk or one in the evening. If you’re not into sports, then even spending a few hours sitting in the garden or on the beach is time well spent.
Connect with people face to face.
Your job might involve plenty of human interaction, but it’s not the same as connecting with the people nearest and dearest to you. The thought of going out and socialising after a stressful day might sound like a terrible idea, but even half an hour enjoying coffee or beer with an old friend can do wonders for boosting morale. If you’re really tired you could invite one or two people over for a low-key dinner. That said, planning for time alone is also an important part of recharging your batteries.
Consciously leave your phone at home.
So you’ve booked a table at your favourite restaurant for dinner with your favourite person. The food is great and the wine is flowing – one sure-fire way to ruin the scene is by looking at your phone during the meal. Not only is this counteractive to separating work life from home life, but it’s disrespectful to your dinner companion. Leave the phone at home, or at least leave it firmly in your jacket pocket through the meal.
Stationery suppliers like OfficeBox understand the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance – for us and for our clients. To find out more about how OfficeBox is revolutionising the stationery suppliers industry, contact us today.