In this digital age, our attention and time are constantly monopolized by relentless pings, Zoom meetings, and endless unread emails. These past few years, we have adapted to the pandemic’s ever-changing circumstances by working from home, and unintentionally, invited stress from work right into our living rooms. Without the communal and social aspect of office life, working from home has exacerbated feelings of loneliness and unhealthy mental health for many workers. It’s easy to fall into the habit of medicating these feelings of isolation with excessive social media usage, but that can lead to a myriad of health and sleep issues.
Taking care of your mental health and well-being should be prioritized, even if it means a few emails go unread. Breaking old habits and building the foundation for sustainable and healthy practices can be hard, but setting aside an hour or two for yourself is essential in maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Here are three tips that can kick off a happier and healthier week.
1. Pick up a few hobbies and grow your craft.
Whether it is recreating a Van Gogh via finger-paint, running half marathons, or learning to sew, keeping up with hobbies is a great way to harbor relaxation and positive self-growth. In a study by Drexel University, 75% of participants had lower levels of cortisol (the body’s main stress hormone) after leisurely making art! If you don’t like paintbrushes, pick up a pen and start writing prose! What matters is finding a hobby or activity that feels interesting and relaxing to you - and that looks different for everybody.
2. Find a few minutes to get a sweat on!
Stress can often pilot other ailments, such as memory loss, trouble sleeping, and anxiety. To combat these issues, utilize your 30 minute lunch break by getting your heart rate up! Stress can live in your muscles, which is not only uncomfortable, but can lead to long term issues. Start off your morning with a stretch! Clear out your neck pain by following a 10-minute yoga workout on YouTube. Whether it’s going for a 30-minute walk or joining a crossfit class, exercising helps release endorphins and other “feel good” chemicals in your body!
3. Enlist a ToDoolie Helper and find time for yourself.
After a long day at work, it’s hard to find the motivation to take care of yourself - especially when the sink is full of dishes and the laundry basket is overflowing. Local ToDoolie Helpers understand the necessity of a mental health day -- you don’t have to weather the adversities of life on your own. Leave the house chores, organizational projects, and any other task on your to-do list to your ToDoolie Helper! Don’t stress the small stuff -- book a job with ToDoolie and get your relaxation on.