Nowadays many people have hectic careers and are working longer hours. Many people are pressed to meet their corporate targets and often take their work home with them. The ability to log in remotely and check emails on corporate blackberries makes it difficult to separate our relaxation time from our stressful careers.
We must bear in mind that being overstressed can cause emotional problems, affect our relationships and cause health concerns.
Therefore, it is important that we take time to relax and de-stress, for the health of our mind and body.
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Many people crave carbohydrates and small sugary snacks; this is because they help release calming substances in the body. This can be helpful, as long as you do this in moderation and try to find low calorie options. It would be detrimental to your body and stress, if you overeat these treat foods.
Green tea is increasingly popular and this is because it is very soothing. The ingredients actually actively encourage relaxation in your body.
Caffeine actually worsens the effects of stress, as it can stimulate the processes in the body that build stress. Green Tea is a great hot drink substitute for caffeine drinks and it actually counter attacks the stimulating effect of caffeine.
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Listen to Music
Music has a huge effect on the state of our minds and the processes going on inside, which makes music extremely relaxing. Music should be to your taste and have a genuine relaxing effect on yourself. Music can also help release emotional tension, stress and upset from the day.
Exercise will release endorphins that will counter the effects of stress. Sweating will also detoxify your body. Exercising frequently has two positive effects as your fitness level increases and it counteracts your stress level.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and Meditation are ideal for de-stressing; this is because they encourage you to train your thoughts to block out the outside world. Separating yourself from stressful situations during a given activity is very important.
The other ideal element of meditation is that it can be brief and done anywhere. Meanwhile, yoga may take longer and be less convenient, but it combines some relaxing exercise for your tired body.
Get a Massage
If you have the time and the money visit a professional masseuse for a massage. Massage will have the effect of relaxing the mind and also releasing any tightness that you are holding in your body.
Go Home and Get a Hot Bath
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This has a similar effect to massages, but is of course much less time consuming and cheaper. You manage to drain away mental stress and your body physical stress.
I am writing this as an experienced PA and I am now working at Souters Training. I feel that one of the most important things that you can remember in your working life, is to avoid becoming over stressed.