To mark International Stress Awareness Week, taking place from 30th October – 3rd November, we’re sharing ten top tips to help you slow down, destress and be more present this November!
We’re very fortunate at Virteffic to be able to set our own hours and work where we want, when we want. Having this flexibility allows us to really make the most of our work life balance and optimise our working schedule to fit with the times when we’re most productive. This flexible arrangement really helps us to keep stress at bay and contributes to a happy and healthy working environment.
In addition to optimising working times, there are plenty of other steps you can take to minimise stress and recharge. Here are our top ten favourites!
- Eat Healthily
Getting the right nutrients and vitamins into your body on a daily basis is essential for your overall health and wellbeing, some vegetables even have stress reducing qualities. As November is World Vegan Month, now is a great time to try them out!
We all know already that exercise is good for you, but are you getting enough? Find something you enjoy, whether that’s running, yoga, swimming or just a peaceful walk. Exercise boosts your mood and the health benefits are also a great bonus!
- Practice Deep Breathing
Taking time to breath can instantly lift the feeling of pressure, and it’s so simple to do! Find a quiet spot, sit comfortably, close your eyes, imagine a relaxing place, slowly take deep breaths in and out at a pace that works for you and continue this for 5-10 minutes to feel the benefits.
- Catch Some ZZZ’s
Who doesn’t enjoy a good night’s rest?! Aim for 7-9 hours sleep each night to allow your mind to rest and wake up feeling refreshed.
- Mindfulness and Meditation
Focusing your attention during mediation can help untangle thoughts that are overcrowding your mind and causing stress, leading to a clearer mind and less anxiety.
- Limit Alcohol & Caffeine Intake
Excessive consumption of these stimulants can raise your stress levels. You can still enjoy the odd cup or glass now and again though!
- Make Time for You
Choose your own hobbies that help you relax. Reading, baking, DIY, whatever it may be, be sure to make time for you!
- Get Connected
Sharing time with friends and family is a great way to reduce stress levels (most of the time, at least!). Grab a cuppa and have a chat with your nearest and dearest to melt away your stress.
- Keep a Gratitude Journal
Start your day with gratitude and write down three things you are grateful for each morning, setting a positive tone for the day.
Read a funny book, watch a comedy or spend time with someone who makes you laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine!
Visit the website to find out more about International Stress Awareness Week.
Sports, Social & Wellbeing (SSW) Committee
At Virteffic, the wellbeing of our staff is a top priority. Virteffic was set up to offer team members more flexible working hours and a better life-work balance.
Since we started to recruit and Virteffic grew into a team of more than just Tess, the focus has always been to look after and appreciate the team members. Our sports, social and well-being committee was set up early to help with this.
Working flexibly allows our team members to make time for their wellbeing and mindfulness on their schedule, and we have a monthly wellbeing topic focus to make sure we always keep it forefront in our minds.
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