Stop Multi-Tasking and Learn to Unwind
With our over-connectivity these days, even holidays and weekends can quickly fill up with work-related to-do tasks. But here Jyotika Aggarwal, DHA licensed Clinical Psychologist at LifeWorks Holistic Counseling Center provides her tips for switching off and keeping weekends and holidays as a “no-work” zone.
Remember, weekends are sacred. Keep your work cell phones and notifications on silent mode during the weekend. This is your time. Spend it with your loved ones. Connection and enjoyment with family and friends can be very refreshing and relaxing.
Find an activity to do with your partner. This can be a great stress buster. A fun activity with a loved one in the middle of the week can uplift your mood and give you something to look forward too.
Try to add a simple, yet enjoyable activity to your weekdays, once in a couple of weeks. It breaks the monotony of the routine and adds excitement. It breaks the rut of having to wait for the weekend for enjoyment. It adds a new mood to the week.
Follow good sleep hygiene and sleep well.
Stop screen time at least one hour before bedtime. Try to develop a sleep routine as this will help your mind associate with certain actions as signals to getting ready to sleep. This will help your mind to wind down.
Have a Gratitude Diary. Take a few minutes before you sleep to write down three things you have been grateful for that day. Thinking of the good things that happened to you in the day will psychologically make you feel better and remind you had a good day.
Don’t be afraid to see a therapist. It leads to stress reduction and can give a sense of empowerment as well as support you in your emotional needs.