You strive to do great things and set your standards high. You work hard, long tedious hours in order to reach your goals.

 

Once upon a time, you had a life outside of work, where you would go out and have fun with your friends. But those days are long gone and now your time is consumed with work. That’s all you ever do.

Work, home, sleep, repeat. It’s become your entire life now. Everyone’s wondering where you’ve been and when you do manage to go out, you’re too stressed to focus on having a good time. Once upon a time, you were able to relax but now the word relax isn’t even in your vocabulary. What does that word even mean?

Your income’s increased and so did your stress levels. Now you’re always tense, can’t sleep, and barely have energy. You question where you went wrong. I mean, you used to be such an energetic person, filled with joy and laughter. But that seems forever ago

You want to decrease your stress levels and increase your happiness but you just don’t know how. You don’t know what steps to take and if they’ll even lead you in the right direction, which is why I’ve taken the liberty of writing down a few tips that can help you find your way.

Try Taking a Few Days Off From Work

If you’re someone who’s constantly working with no breaks, work is most definitely one of the many reasons why your stressed. When was the last time you went on vacation? Or had a work free evening? Take advantage of those paid vacation days that you’ve been racking up. You don’t even need to leave your house for it to be considered a vacation.

Ignore all things related to work. Is your boss calling you about something that’s gone wrong? Well too bad. Turn off your phone and let the rest of the employees work it out.

Try avoiding all things work related i.e. Emails, phone calls, projects. It’s time to focus on yourself and participate in activities you enjoy. So get a manicure, read a book, listen to some music, and dance. Do whatever relaxes you.

Make Time for Family and Friends

Try setting aside one day a week where you and your loved ones can meet up. Whether it’s catching up for drinks or going out to dinner, make time for them.

If you guys haven’t hung out in forever, this is the perfect time to do quick relapses about each other’s lives. Tell them about your recent feelings and how you’ve been feeling overwhelmed. It’s good to have a support system that can help reduce your stress levels.

Talk to them and be honest, let them be your shoulder to cry on. It’s good to forget about work even if it’s just for a little while.

Don’t Be Afraid to Say No

It’s easy to always be on high alert, terrified that you might’ve done something wrong to ruin everything you’ve worked hard for. And that’s okay. It’s perfectly fine to be worried about the future but know that things are always uncertain.

You can work as hard as you want but that doesn’t mean that you’ll always accomplish your goals. Realize that it’s okay to fail. It’s okay to fall down. It’s okay to cry. Failing doesn’t make you a failure. You’re human and there’s only so much you can handle without breaking down.

Know your strengths and your weaknesses and don’t be afraid to say no. If it gets too much to handle, say no.

Don’t take on projects you know will add on to your stress.  Say no. Say no to your boss when he asks you to work late again. Say no to the coworker who’s always asking you for favors. Say no to the other employees who are always begging you for help on their own projects. Say no to it all.

Don’t be afraid to say no. You don’t always have to be the yes man who says yes to every single thing. You don’t always have to be the person who fixes everyone else’s issues. You are entitled to saying no to anything you don’t feel like doing.

Conclusion

All work and no play make for a very boring day. Not only is it extremely boring, but it also increases stress and brings about a variety of other issues. This is why it’s so beneficial to take some time off from the busy schedule of life and find a nice, quiet location.

Make some time for yourself so you can enjoy all that life has to offer without the constant pressure. You deserve a break and you should most definitely take it.