Stress in the workplace can be counterproductive. Despite that fact, many workers seem to prefer working over refreshing their minds with a vacation. A survey by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project Time Off in 2018 found out that 52% of Americans chose not to use their off days in 2017. In another part of the world, Japan is known for the notorious Karōshi cases, where employees overwork themselves to death. In conclusion, working too much won’t benefit you at all! And below are the three ways to handle work-related stress:
1. Travel to a Place You’ve Never Visited Before
You need to keep the thrill in your life so that the boredom won’t kill you. And one way to do so is by planning a visit to new places to travel to this year. However, since health is our priority here, pick a destination that can bring you close to nature. Fresh air, green scenery, and noise-free environment are the things you need to nourish both your soul and mind.
If you’re a workaholic who really hates being idle, you can try to join some volunteer programs, such as coastal cleanups or endangered animal conservation acts. WWOOF, International Volunteer HQ, and Voluntary Service Overseas are three platforms that offer you such opportunities.
2. Change Your Sedentary Working Habits
We do not evolve to spend most of our time to sit for eight hours a day. We grow legs not without reasons, you know. In fact, studies have linked a sedentary lifestyle with early death.
The first thing to do is to make taking a break a habit. Ideally, you should stand up at least for five minutes every one hour of sitting. However, this is hardly possible in the workplace, but standing up and stretching your back and arms for a few seconds can already make a big difference. Second, instead of sending emails or calling your colleagues for work-related appointments, try to visit them in person if possible. Do not make your life after work revolves around the working desk again.
3. Exercise the Right Ways
Not just any exercises are suggested here, but the ones that can really benefit your health. As a matter of fact, you should avoid high-impact workouts if you’ve been living a sedentary lifestyle for a while because your body won’t handle all of the stress. You will be vulnerable to muscle strains and joint injuries. And once you experience those consequences, you’ll feel discouraged to exercise again in the future.
Therefore, you should start with walking or swimming as they can offer you maximum benefits with the lowest risks. Moreover, join a yoga class because it can relax your mind and strengthen your body.