“Relaxation is… a state between waking and sleeping, where the body is completely still and the mind is allowed to flow freely from one thought to another, or alternately, a state in which the mind becomes inadvertently calm.”
― Gudjon Bergmann
When was the last time you took a sustained break from your daily routines? When did you take time to relax and step back from the normal pattern of life?
With employee engagement hovering around 37% companies are losing a majority of their productivity to time wasting events. People are stressed and stress doesn’t necessarily improve output. Vacations are being taken by fewer people as the feeling is that vacations only serve to increase the amount of stress in their lives rather than reducing stress.
What are you doing to restore engagement in work and life?
What is your level of stress? How are you dealing with it?
Stress reduction can begin with:
1. Breathing and relaxation
2. Practicing gratitude – journaling what you are grateful for.
3. Being mindful – paying attention to the day and not letting it just go by.
4. Disconnecting from TV, computer and electronic devices.
5. Taking a real vacation.
Stress is often related to a lifestyle that is demanding more from you than you can provide. Sustained stress leads to burnout and less satisfaction with life. Choose to change your lifestyle so that you can experience greater happiness.