Indulge your interests
Sometimes the best way to hop off the stress treadmill into a state of positive well-being is to engage your brain fully in something you enjoy. Cooking can occupy your mind and be relaxing at the same time, and culinary vacations make a good thing even better. The International Kitchen offers them in Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Morocco.
Cooking isn’t your thing? Consider courses in massage, dance, or art: Artista Creative Safaris for women offers three-day courses in painting and printmaking in Carmel, California. The expert instruction is served up with hots oeuvres and beverages.
Take little window breaks
I often take 2-3 minute breaks for every 25-30 minutes of work. During these breaks, I love to look out of my window as it takes my mind off work and gets me involved with the outside world. Whether it is watching the clear blue skies or busy people on the road, these breaks help me return to work with a new perspective and a fresh mind.
This is one of my favorite ways to relax. I just close my eyes and visualize a scene that makes me happy. Whether it is traveling, meeting your loved ones or success at work, just close your eyes and visualize it happening – it instantly drifts you into a state of happiness and relaxation.
4. Take a 10-minute catnap
Yes! Go sleep but not for more than 20 minutes. Research says that a 10 minute nap during the day boosts our focus and productivity. However the trick here is timing, if you miss the 10 – 20 minute mark, you will enter the sleep inertia zone which will make you feel tired and groggy. So steal a short nap during the middle of the day and encourage your boss to take one too!
This one is very specific to me, but I love watering plants every afternoon. There is something very relaxing about plants and watching them grow, it puts happy thoughts in my head. If you don’t have plants around, just take a short walk outside and look at some greenery.