take time to Slow down and relax!
Stress is the unnecessary baggage we take with us when we’ve had a hard day. It can bruise our mental health and cause us to become overwhelmed easily. If you’re a healthcare professional and you have personal responsibilities on top of your work duties, life can become hectic quickly.
You can minimize stress by taking time for yourself to unwind. Salter School offers a guide to help you relax after a long day at work. Taking these steps will help improve your mental health, your physical ailments, and your outlook on your daily duties.
Tip #1: Eat mood-enhancing foods
You can start your day off on the right foot by eating mood-enhancing foods to avoid high blood sugar which causes anxiety. Potassium-rich foods like potatoes and bananas have been scientifically proven to balance blood pressure and protect blood vessels helping you to relax. When you want to snack, choose healthy options like dark chocolate and pretzels. Both these snacks have carbohydrates that boost serotonin levels—a chemical that releases feelings of calm and relaxation.
Tip #2: Watch a comedy
Distract yourself from any negative feelings you may have and enjoy a comedy. Laughing helps comfort our mind and helps to release endorphins. If you had a long day at home or at work, put on a comedy or a film you love. Free streaming sites are available online or watch comedy clips from popular comedians on YouTube. Laughing can ease the tension or chaos you feel from a busy day.
Tip #3: Create anything!
Releasing our inner creativity helps us improve our mental health and relax. Take the time to work on a small personal project. Perhaps you can write some poetry, paint, draw, or cook. Whatever you create, make sure it’s something you appreciate. Your mind will become stimulated when you focus on making expressing yourself in ways you can enjoy. Creating something we admire helps us to get in touch with our emotional side and makes us feel more fulfilled.
Tip #4: Exercise
Exercising has benefits for both the mind and body. Regular physical activity helps to release stress and tension from the body. When you workout, your body releases a chemical called endorphins, creating feelings of happiness and ease. Research suggests that 20 minutes of exercise per day can brighten your mood. If it’s not possible to exercise every day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend splitting up your exercise routine into 30 minutes to a half-hour a few times a week. The recommended amount of physical activity is 150 minutes per week. If you exercise along these guidelines you can see the benefits of improved mood, health, and overall happiness.
Here are a few fun exercises you may enjoy:
- Martial arts
Tip #5: Treat yourself
It's important to reevaluate and relax during a busy work week. One of the most common ways to de-stress is to treat yourself to relaxation time by yourself or with friends. You can pamper yourself with self-care or by enjoying an activity you think is fun.There are many different ways that you can spend time pampering yourself.
Here are activities you can do to pamper yourself.
- Take a warm bath
- Take a spa day (at home or in town)
- Spend time with friends and family
- Listen to music
- Take up a new hobby
- Buy yourself something you always wanted
- Go to a concert
- Cook a homemade meal for yourself
Remember to take a deep breath and pause throughout a busy work week. Just because you're a healthcare worker who takes care of others all day, doesn't mean you shouldn't stop and care for yourself. You will feel more energized, confident, and happy when you take time to relax and restart your day. We hope that our alumni and local healthcare workers remember to take advantage of relaxation time. After all, life should include both work and play!
This article is provided by the Salter School's weekly blog. We offer four career training programs in the healthcare and wellness fields. For more information on our programs or to schedule a tour, contact us today.