Giving yourself time to recharge mentally, physically, and emotionally after a stressful week is a must. For some working professionals, though, it can be challenging to direct themselves toward an enjoyable activity. If you’re looking for new ways to engage in something you’ll enjoy while also maximizing your time, try these options.
Read a Book
Reading a book can be relaxing as well as rewarding. Whether you’re interested in fiction or non-fiction, self-help or drama, there are so many books worth trying out. Additionally, if you find it difficult to sit down and read a physical book, audiobooks are a great option. Reading can also be a relaxing way to learn and develop yourself. Check out some of our recommended reading for professional development:
The Leadership Innovation Manifesto by Dr. Kim Hires
The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
Lead from the Outside by Stacey Abrams
Spark by Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch
Talk It Out
Sometimes, just talking to someone we trust about how we’re feeling is a good way to reduce stress. Knowing that someone else understands and supports you through the difficulties you’re dealing with can make stress feel a lot less isolating. Talking to a trusted mentor can help to relieve the stress you face in your professional life while getting some actionable advice.
Listen to Podcasts
The number of podcasts that exist today is practically endless, so no matter which subjects interest you, you’ll likely be able to find a selection of podcasts that cover them. Look for comedy, current events, culture, hobbies, and anything else that interests you. Progressive Women’s Leadership produces “Women’s Leadership Today,” a podcast to help you develop yourself professionally – tune in today!
Take a Nap
Getting enough sleep is essential when dealing with stress. A good night’s rest can help revitalize you and relieve the anxiety you might be experiencing along with your stress. But even a 20-minute power nap can be beneficial for your physical and mental health. It’s been proven that a well-rested mind is more efficient and productive. So get more done by doing a little less – set aside some time to wind down and rest.
Self-care is important, so if you find yourself trying to manage your stress levels more and more often, it’s a sign that you need to focus more on your own well-being. Finding ways to relax and refresh while staying productive can help you be ready for another week without becoming overwhelmed.