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If life-work balance seems elusive, maybe you’re trying too hard. Tightly scheduling your work week can produce stress — but making room for unplanned leisure helps relieve stress.
Below are five “me-time” tips to help:
- Indulge in what rejuvenates. Whether it’s a hot bath, meditation or riding a bike, don’t feel guilty when you aren’t busy.
- Go for a walk. Walking is great exercise, but just taking a leisurely stroll can boost your mood, according to American Psychological Association research.
- Relax about family time. Be spontaneous and in the moment instead of always relying on formal plans for family activities. Cook a meal, visit a local park or play a game together.
- Connect with nature. Take time to watch clouds, stars and birds in flight. The University of California found that connecting with signs and sounds of nature increases one’s sense of well-being.
- Spend time with your pet. Relaxing with your pet can lower stress hormone levels. Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania found that simply being around a dog dampens stress responses; by being around our pets, we become more joyous, communicative, expressive and calm.
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn
Enjoy the recipe of the week:
Buffalo Chicken Flatbread