Take a break
Everyone has different needs – some people thrive on the fast track, others need to operate at a slower pace – but we all need a breathing space now and then.
● If necessary, make time for yourself in the form of diary appointments and treat them as seriously as you treat business meetings. Make it clear to others that you expect them to treat these appointments equally seriously.
● Avoid over-commitment by learning to say no, both to yourself and to other people. Taking on too much, whether it be work or family commitments, can lead to a breakdown in health.
● If you work in an analytical occupation such as accounting or law, try to spend some of your leisure time engaging your creative side. It doesn’t have to be painting or playing a musical instrument. Gardening, cooking and woodwork all involve the imagination.
● Plan regular treats for yourself if you’re under pressure over which you have no control. A lunch with your funniest friend, an aromatherapy massage or a bottle of your favourite perfume can all help to alleviate stress.
● Give yourself a reward when you have achieved something. It’s important to recognise your own milestones, however small, and be good to yourself now and again.
● Consider putting some time aside for meditation. It can take as little as 20 minutes, you can do it at home and it can be an oasis of calm to escape into if the rest of your life is on fast-forward.
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