A beach vacation might help you feel relaxed and refresh your body and mind.

Find yourself flooded by to-do lists that never end? Too busy to even indulge in your hobbies? Maybe it is time to take a step back and have a look at your life. Is it all work and no play?

Life is not all about work and not having time to relax. In fact, overworking can cause undue stress and anxiety, which can result in physical health problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease; and cause your mental health to deteriorate.

Relaxation and Rejuvenation

Relaxation rejuvenates your mind and body, so set aside time to do something that you like and enjoy. Making time to relax energises your body and mind. Even a quick deep breathing exercise can help to reduce stress almost immediately.

Furthermore, after a fun and rejuvenating break, you will feel relaxed and refreshed, and be ready to take on any challenges at work. So it does pay to have fun!

Relaxing is not a treat, but something that you need to set aside time to do regularly, especially when we feel stressed after a long day at work!

How to Relax?

Take that holiday escapade

It is time to put words into action and take that vacation that you have been wanting to take but never gotten around to doing so.

  • One day or one month, it is still a vacation

You can take a week and set off to explore a new city or go on a weekend getaway to a nearby island resort. Even a short Sunday picnic at the beach with friends and family will help you tremendously when you just want to unwind and relax.

  • Make sure your vacation is work-free

Before you take off for your escapade, be sure to plan well in advance. Finish up whatever work that you can, delegate your responsibilities and arrange for colleagues to cover your duties at work. With that, you can enjoy your break in peace.

  • Force yourself to stop thinking about work while on vacation

As long as your plans are in place, you have nothing to worry about and should be able to enjoy your vacation to the fullest!

Manage your time

A common complaint is that we simply cannot find time outside of work to relax and have fun. More often than not, it is just a case of poor time management.

  • Do not procrastinate

It is important to prioritise your tasks and finish the most important things first. Do not put off doing something because more work will soon pile up.

  • Keep track of how you spend your time

Create an activity log over several days and identify where you waste the most time. It could be time spent going through your spam e-mails or aimlessly browsing online. Rectify that, and soon you will find that you have a little more time each day for yourself.

  • ​Plan out your activities

Always block out time for personal relaxation first before jotting down all other obligations and appointments in your calendar. Book that massage to help ease all that muscle tension in your body first!

The little things in life

Sometimes relaxation is not just about taking that long-awaited vacation. All you need is just a few minutes a day to enjoy the little things that will brighten up your day.

Here’s how to relax after a stressful day at work:

  • Take a nice warm bath so your body feels relaxed
  • Practise progressive muscle relaxation
  • Unwind physically and mentally by listening to slow music

You will be amazed at how much difference something as small as listening to your favourite music will help uplift your spirits and enrich your life.

Or you can start now by taking a few minutes off, sit back, let your mind wander, and relax. All you need is just that little extra rest to inject the freshness back into your life.

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