Take a Break from the Daily Grind

Do you ever stop and take some time for yourself? The likely answer to that question is no. We as a society have become so consumed with our daily stresses, we forget to take a break and relax.

In today’s shaky economy we find ourselves more stressed and frustrated than ever. Constantly worrying that our jobs are in jeopardy; we are working harder and longer doing everything and anything to show our worth.  But what we don’t realize is the toll the over exertion is taking on our bodies, affecting not only our emotions but our minds.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 40% of employees feel that their jobs are “very” or “extremely” stressful and at least 60% feel “burned out.” Also keep in mind that according to the American Psychological Association costs related to job stress in the U.S. runs companies about $300 billion a year in productivity loss, turnover, and, health care costs. The concept of working hard is ideal but the question remains to what extent.

We all have those days when we hit the mental road block, but it becomes a problem when everyday you’re hitting that wall. That’s why it is so important to remember to stop and take a breath. Do something you haven’t done in awhile or something that you have always thought about doing. Remember it’s the little things in life that are usually the ones that can make you the happiest.

Here are 6 tips to help relieve job stress and prevent “burnout:”

  • Be organized– setting deadlines will create order and control, reducing unexpected complications from daily events
  • Take breaks– make sure to schedule some “me” time throughout your day, everyone needs some quiet time
  • Exerciseincorporating an exercise program into your daily routine provides physical and mental benefits by releasing stress relieving hormones
  • Take vacationsuse this time to reconnect with family and friends, leave work behind
  • Nutrition- bring a healthy snack with you to work such as fruit or nuts, they supply your body with important nutrients and vitamins

Remember life is short and now is the time to start taking steps to reduce the stress in your life. Take a break from your daily grind and do something you haven’t done in awhile. Whether it’s picking up a book you’ve been meaning to read, watching your favorite reality television show or renting your favorite movie, just make sure it’s something relaxing and enjoyable.