Working or studying can be demanding, both physically and mentally at times, and it important to try to relax well during the times you are not working or studying.
Relaxation is a very important part of people’s lives as it helps to keep reduce stress levels, and consequently improves their mental and physical health.
Relax well during work
It is important that you take a break from your desk during your day. Taking yourself away from study or work during your lunch break allows you to de-stress and will ultimately improve work productivity. Here are a few ideas of what you could do to relax during the day:
Walk the University mile – Fresh air is good for everyone, it increases the amount of oxygen that you inhale, which will have an effect on your serotonin levels, the hormone associated with mood and feelings of wellbeing. Simply walking part or all of the university mile at lunch time could help alleviate stress and make you feel happier.
Mindfulness – Practicing mindfulness is a great way to relax the mind and body, have a look at our Think for Wellbeing page for more information on how to be more mindful.
Labyrinth – The University Labyrinth is a perfect place to go to relax, it provides a walking meditation area in which to reflect and relax. It can be found behind the carpark outside the Woodbury building.
Socialise – Take time for lunch and have your break with a friend, to get away from the tasks that you are doing and remember to talk about things that are not work related.
Taking time to switch off from study or work to enjoy your home life and the environment around you can help with maintaining a healthy life balance.
Annual Leave or Holidays
Consider what you will be coming back to, try to:
- Ensure that any tasks that need completing the week you return are done before you go. This way you will not be tempted to do them whilst you are away.
Remember to turn on your out of office if you have one:
- This way people will see that you are not available and, if urgent, will contact someone else involved.
- Try to provide contact details of a colleague or friend who will be able to deal with the email on your out of office. This way it may be solved before you return.
Try not to check your emails when you are off:
- The idea of Annual leave or holiday is that you have time off to relax or do other activities, therefore avoid checking your emails unless it is of the upmost importance. If you have used the above tips then there should be no reason that you will need to read emails.