Feeling stressed? Take time to relax and reboot
How busy are you? Do you feel there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done? Are you spending longer and longer hours working or commuting or dealing with the constant bombardment of information from TV, social media and emails? Do you multitask in an attempt to get more done?
Even when you’re not at work, do you find yourself checking your phone or emails? You might be out with friends or even on vacation, are you able to resist checking in on what’s going on?
This time of year can make the problem even worse. With so many expectations from family and friends it’s easy to feel you need to find the perfect presents, host the most amazing get-togethers, always look your best. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So what can you do about it?
Have you considered that you might benefit from a reboot?
If you spend any time working with computers, you’ve probably encountered one or more of these problems:
The “blue screen of death” where your computer encounters an error that if can’t recover from.
The computer or one of the apps just freezes, and you can’t do anything
A computer that gets slower and slower
How many times have you had one of these problems, but when you reboot the computer it fixes the problem?
So, if you are feeling burned out and can’t go on, or you feel that you are working harder and harder to get less done, then maybe it’s time to do your own reboot. If you don’t think you have the time, consider how much faster your computer is after a thorough reboot. Take a little time now to get ahead in the long run.
Here are some suggestions on how to reboot:
When we’re tired, everything is more difficult and stressful and so getting a good night’s sleep can go a long way to helping us recharge. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s new guidelines, most of us need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.
Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic to help you sleep better
Stick to a schedule: try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day.
Watch what you eat and drink before bed: don’t go to bed hungry or too full, and be careful with alcohol, nicotine and caffeine as they can affect your sleep patterns.
Try to have a cool, dark and quiet environment to sleep in, and limit your screen-time a few hours before bedtime. Don’t take your phone or tablet into the bedroom.
If you nap during the day, try not to sleep for more than 30 minutes.
Be active during the day.
Try to relax / destress before bed.
Leave your phone behind
While it’s great to have your phone with you to google what you need on the go, it can also get in the way of being with our friends and family. How many times have you met up with friends and looked around and you are all staring at your smartphones, ignoring each other?
So next time you are out with friends, try leaving your phone behind or somewhere where you won’t be tempted to look at it, and just enjoy the time together. Or simply turn it off completely.
Want to understand more about the impact of smartphones on our lives, then check out this great TEDx talk I saw a few years back.
Try a social media fast
While social media can be a great way to kick back and relax as you catch up with your friends and the people you follow, it can also be a source of great stress. If you feel the pressure of “keeping up with the Joneses” or every time you open Facebook or Instagram it looks like everyone is having the best time and you’re not, then think about taking a break from social media.
Don’t think that you are the only one who needs a break from social media. A Pew Research study this year found that 42% of US Facebook users have taken a break from Facebook for a few weeks or more. . Since there are about 204 million Facebook users in the US, that means over 85 million have taken a Facebook break this year!
Here’s how to take a break:
Decide which social media apps you want to take a break from, and for how long.
Then remove the temptation to access them by either:
Deleting the apps from your phone, tablet, etc. so you won’t be tempted to look at them; or
Deactivating or disabling your account. Don’t worry, you should be able to reactivate it again, but you may want to double check the policies – for example, Twitter allows you to reactivate your account for up to 30 days only.
Spend the extra time you have to relax more! Read a book, go for a walk…
Looking for more inspiration on how to unwind? Check out my National Simplicity Day post for more ideas.
What am I missing from this list? What other ways do you like to unwind?