Worldwide, there is still no real definition of stress, because everyone describes it in their own words. Contained in the wise words of the philosopher, Epictetus, “it’s not things that confuse people, but it’s their perception of things.” The result of distorted perceptions expressed in stress can eventually lead to illnesses or psychological consequences, such as depression and anxiety.
Fortunately, there is a spectrum of methods to regain some perspective on who and what you are and what you find important. In order to balance your work and your daily pleasure, we have listed four simple techniques:
1. Leave your work at work
It’s so easy to take a folder of work home with you or log in from home to check your work emails, even after a long day at work. When those to-do lists are dragged across the threshold of your front door, the boundaries in our lives between employee and free time with family, friends and social life become very thin, too thin.
By keeping these boundaries clear and leaving work at work, you have the key to enjoying the rest of your day. Every day. So you can do what you really enjoy and stress is literally and figuratively left outside the door.
2. Plan fun things consciously
Whether it’s going out with friends, going to the movies once a month or attending a competition or concert. Having fun is something we too often write off as a waste of time. How many times have you greeted old friends with the words, “We should meet again soon.” But it never came true?
Life gets a twist and it seems like it’s all about work. Fun, entertainment and recreation are all part and parcel of feeling good. Take the weekly schedule into account when you can enjoy yourself and when you can get away from all the serious stuff.
3. Write a diary
A contradictor, but proven technique to eliminate stress is to start a diary. And keeping it up. A few minutes writing in your diary every morning, to dump your thoughts. Simply write down everything you have in mind, including what haunted your mind the night before, before you fell asleep or even your dreams, if you can remember them.
The idea behind this habit is that when your thoughts are clearly expressed by writing them down, your priorities become clear and your day can be better planned. As if you are starting with a blank page. Moreover, it helps you to take some distance from your thoughts and look at them more analytically, without feeling like a mountain of stress.
4. Take care of yourself
Besides a diary, it’s also fine to take care of yourself. Care sounds a bit negative, but why not just give yourself a hand if you can. It’s not expensive and not too difficult. Have a nice bath at the end of the day or treat yourself to a picnic at the weekend. Take time for yourself, that’s taking good care of yourself! This way you can get the right perspective back on what you’re doing.