You spend seemingly every waking moment in the office. And, when you do finally manage to escape, you use those precious hours to compulsively refresh your work email. And, the thought of taking a vacation? Just forget about it. The effort and resulting stress involved in being proactive with your workload would completely negate the point of your time away.
If your life seems totally void of any downtime you can use to recharge and relax, that’s a huge indicator that you should pull back the reins a little bit and find a little more balance. If your friends can’t even remember what you look like, you know you’ve been chained to your desk a little too long.
If we look closely, we can see that each of us working 9 to 5 a day is facing some kind of health issue, which will eventually lead us to having even bigger issues in the future. We all have these moments every once in a while—they’re totally natural, particularly when things are stressful in the office. However, if you find yourself in this situation night after night, it’s a sign that you need to step back a little bit.
Upon research what we can find on the internet, is that an average employee can be subject to depression or stress. Now we all know that we don’t take these problems seriously, but according to researchers at University College in London, stressful work conditions can double the risk of depression. And this is just one research.
In order to reduce the effect of the work load, one thing needs to be very strong, and that is your mind. Mind Strengthening is a term which is relatively new but has a lot of potential, especially for countering problems like depression and stress.
The first technique that and average workaholic can use is Mindful Breathing. The most basic way to do mindful breathing is simply to focus your attention on your breath, the inhale and exhale. Ideally you should be sitting. Your eyes should be closed. Now it would be helpful if you could set a time for this exercise and the more you practice this exercise the easier it becomes for you to utilize it in difficult situations.
This exercise has positive effects not only in the body but also in the mind. It gives us a peace of mind that helps us have a much better insight about our surroundings.
The second technique that I would highly recommend is what I call a Mini vacation/Lucid dreaming. Now this is simply a self created world where you can always sneak to when you feeling low. Imagine yourself sitting on an exquisite beach. The sand is silky, and the water is moving peacefully. You are simply watching the water touch your feet. The palm trees are swaying. The sun is dimming. You are standing at the beach just observing.
Devoting yourself to your career is admirable—but only as long as you don’t cross a line and let it overpower the entire rest of your life. If you recognize depression or stress signs and symptoms in your own current situation? Well, it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate your priorities.
Or, take a much-needed lucid dreaming vacation—you deserve it.