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National Relaxation Day

Today is National Relaxation Day and to follow on from last week, today’s blog is going to discuss how you can take a step back from your fast-paced work lives and enjoy your time to relax.

Firstly, it is possible to improve your state of mind at work. Make sure your chair is set up in a comfortable, upright position to relieve pressure on your back. Joint and back pain can put strain on you both mentally and physically. Additionally, get organised at work to ensure you are not constantly battling 100 sheets of paper and post-it notes, a tidy desk means a tidy mind! Finally, drink water throughout the day to stay healthy and hydrated, studies suggest you should aim for 2 litres a day.

There are also certain things you can do to wind down and relax after work to ensure you feel well rested the next morning. This begins with scheduling in your downtime, which means that you will always have time to do whatever makes you happy. You may wish to simply do nothing, but it’s important to have this time to yourself.

Have a read of some of the ways our Impact team unwind after work:

  • “I walk my dogs and do some strength training”
  • “I listen to an ‘after-work meditation’ after a stressful day to help me unwind”
  • “I like to sit in the garden and soak up the sun”
  • “I have a hot bubble bath”
  • “I like to go to the gym straight after work for a swim”
  • “…sometimes I just go home and go to sleep!

Another good way to relax is to spend time with your friends and family. Having a good social life is an aspect of life that is often overlooked. This can sometimes be difficult as everyone is leading their own busy lives but try to make time to see your friends, even if it’s just a quick catch up over coffee!

The most important thing you should do every night is get a good sleep. Sleep gives the mind time to switch off and helps towards productivity. Your best thoughts and ideas often occur when you are well rested and in a relaxed state, so you might struggle to be innovative at work if you’ve not had a good sleep at home; you should aim for 8 hours every night.

In a few weeks’ time, in honour of National Payroll Week, we will be commending members of our Impact team who struggle to relax at work due to the trials and tribulations of completing payroll every week! Recognising hard work is one way to make people feel good about themselves and more relaxed at work.

About the author

Emilia Harper

Emilia is studying Geography at the University of Leeds and is working at Impact during her summer holiday. As well as generally being ace at picking up every administrative task she's been given, she loves writing and will be contributing to our blogs. Apart from working hard at Impact and studying even harder, Emilia enjoys playing Hockey and socialising with her friends on the weekend.