Stressed at Work? Try These Fast Fixes Today!

Emily C. Johnson | Natural Health


In the academic world, professors can clock out for a full year to pour themselves into their passions. It’s a perk that would make anyone better at their job, says Paul Hokemeyer, Ph.D., a therapist practicing in New York City: “At work, we frantically type away on our computers and deplete ourselves emotionally, physically, spiritually and intellectually. Taking a break lets us replenish.” Of course, most of us can’t spend 12 months in Bali or Boca Raton recharging our batteries (if only!). “But you can try a practical sabbatical, disconnecting from your job without upending your life,” points out Austin Kleon, author of Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered. Here’s how to reset.

On Your Commute
Sitting in traffic doesn’t have to be a time suck. Put your cell on Do Not Disturb (car companies like Ford and Lincoln have this function built into newer models) and forget about the office via an engaging audiobook or a playlist of mood-enhancing music (try the Songza app). If you’re not behind the wheel, meditate with a guided app like Headspace. You’ll create a peaceful divide between work and home, Kleon notes, with time to make a transition.

During Your Work Day
There’s a reason academics fly around the world to pursue personal projects (and it isn’t just local archival research): Physically wandering away from work helps you gain a fresh perspective, Kleon says. A study in The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology also found getting spatial distance from a problem can boost creativity. When you feel anxious at the office, get up, get some water and just be for a minute. You may return to a breakthrough.

Over the Weekend
“Declare at least Sundays work-communication-free,” Hokemeyer suggests. “Setting that boundary keeps outside pressures from consuming you.” Plus, a weekly mini-sabbatical gives you a safe space to think about a long-term plan. When your brain isn’t worrying about emails, for example, you can focus on READ MORE at:

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