Practice Grabbing Alone Time
Today we want to share a video with you about the idea that it’s not crazy to practice grabbing alone time during the workday. You might be surprised and thinking alone Time during the workday. Sounds kind of crazy, doesn’t it?
Not so. In fact, Alone Time during the workday isn’t just possible, it’s necessary for your sanity and health sometimes. Especially if you find yourself in high-stress situations. Let’s look at some ways you can grab the Alone Time you so desperately need so you can keep your calm even when things around you feel at their most chaotic.
Frequently, we get into the mindset that we need to network during our lunch hours. If you’re having a stressful day, forget this idea. One day having lunch by yourself isn’t going to hurt the future of your job. Eat at your desk, or better yet, take yourself somewhere lovely for lunch that your coworkers aren’t likely to go to so you can get a little time over something yummy.
Schedule an Appointment
How is your boss about asking what kind of appointments you’re taking? If you’re really getting frazzled and have a little freedom in this regard, schedule a break some afternoon, which gets you out of the office. OK, so maybe you’re taking advantage of a situation that is designed for a medical necessity, but a mental health break can be every bit as important as a trip to the doctor or dentist. And no one needs to know you used your break for a mani-pedi but you.
Some workplaces have quiet zones where you can take a break if you need to. Take advantage of this feature when you need to. Even being able to go into an empty conference room and close your eyes for a few minutes can do wonders to restore your equilibrium.
Take a Walk
Got a few minutes for a break? Rather than heading for the breakroom for a stale donut, head outside for a short walk. The fresh air will do wonders for your mood. Be sure to keep a comfy pair of shoes at work and take advantage of getting out for a walk as often as possible. The benefits of walking are many and we shared some ideas here -
Walking For Your Best Healthy Life - https://www.wendybottrell.com/blog/walking-for-your-best-healthy-life and
How to Relieve Stress with Walking - https://www.wendybottrell.com/blog/how-to-relieve-stress-with-walking
Find Something Furry
Some offices have pretty loose policies regarding pets. If someone has brought their dog to work, offer to take it for a walk or, at the very least, ask if you can spend a few minutes in canine snuggle time. Studies have shown pets can be really helpful in calming us down when we need them.
The idea when practicing Alone Time is to do it intentionally. You’re never going to find the time for yourself by accident, you have to look for it. And while petting a dog might not be technically alone time, it counts if it gets you out of the busy workday world and somewhere else mentally even for just a moment.
What we know for sure is that walking outdoors will help improve how you feel, and your brain power and definitely help reduce stress. Walking in the morning is best and not only does it feel good, but it helps with your sleep at night and that helps with your brain power.
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“Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger and hostility,” she says, especially when you're going for a stroll through some greenery or soaking in a bit of sunlight. This can be particularly helpful during the colder months when seasonal depression spikes. (source: Here- https://www.geelongmedicalgroup.com.au/2018/11/7-incredible-health-benefits-of-walking-30-minutes-a-day )
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