As the workplace population shrinks, work load increases for remaining employees. The work environment is becoming more and more stressful and very difficult to manage. Remaining employees don't know if they are the fortunate ones to have a job or the unfortunate ones to be overworked and undervalued.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers who must take time off work because of stress, anxiety or a related disorder will be off the job for about 20 days, during which time someone else typically will have to take on that person's work, thus causing more stress on that person. It is indeed a vicious circle.
Individuals must develop new personal behaviors and routines to ensure their emotional health throughout these difficult economic times of company downsizing.
Following are a few tips for developing a more balanced relaxing lifestyle:
1- When you arrive home from work, immediately unwind before you begin your home duties. Sit down, clear your mind - no thoughts, no worries, no deadlines, no projects, no achievements, no goals, no work, no children, no family, no dinner, no criticism, no self-beating. Only YOURSELF! Pamper your mind and body, visualize a peaceful calm place where you can relax and unwind. Hold this vision in your mind and block out all sounds, distractions, and noise.
2- Learn to deep breath. Statistics show that deep breathing not only relaxes the mind and body but it can cure many physical ailments, specifically high blood pressure. Take deep breaths in through your nose into your lower lungs. Your belly should rise if you are taking the breaths in correctly. Slowly let the air out through pursed lips. Take in at least five deep breaths.
3- Learn to meditate. There are many advantages to meditation - too many to list. It is easy to learn and the benefits are endless.
4- Connect with a higher power and learn to pray. This doesn't necessarily mean "go to church". You can pray and connect with a higher power any and every minute of the day. You are in control of the thoughts you allow to dwell in your mind. When you become aware of negative thoughts, immediately replace those thoughts with positive affirmations or words of praise for your own self love.
5- Repeat affirmations aloud each morning upon arising and each night before you retire. You can repeat them aloud or you can think thoughts of affirmations. A couple of quick easy affirmations are "I am happy, healthy and strong" or "I am blessed beyond my wildest imagination." Affirmations should always be in the present, i.e., "I am" instead of "I will be." Your subconscious mind can and will be re-programmed to think in a more positive manner if you continually repeat affirmations on a daily basis.
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