Written in March 2020 but reposted in April 2021
The working week can be busy, stressful and overwhelming. You might have emails coming through all the time, people telling you things need to get done, some work might be behind and it just might feel chaotic and stressful. Therefore, here are 5 ways for you to keep sane during the work week. I have really tried to implement new things in my life and help me get through work, and these tips that I want to share with you today.
I feel especially now that it is so important for us to look after ourselves and ensure that we can work in the best way possible. If you are making it through the week stressed all the time then you definitely need to take a step back and evaluate ways you can minimise this! This is why I wanted to provide some ways (and things that I tend to do every day or week) to keep sane during the work week!
1. Go for a walk
Firstly, one way that helps me keep sane during the work week is going for those walks. If you are sitting behind a desk 5 days a week it can become very easy to feel a bit sluggish. Therefore, I like to make sure to get out and walk during my lunch break or before/after work if I know I am sitting at a desk all day. Plus walking has many great benefits, and sometimes you find places you would never find if you sit indoors.
I just personally think that if I am having a stressful day at work then it helps for me to get outside and just clear my mind. This is even better when the sun is shining and the skies are blue because it is lovely to just look around and see. Not only this but it helps me to have something to look forward to throughout the day too.
One major way I love to keep sane during the work week is ensuring my space is organised. By this I mean keep your desk organised because a cluttered space is a cluttered mind. Therefore, keep everything organised and don’t let things pile up on the desk. I think having a clear work space is more beneficial to being more productive with your work. Plus I love seeing a clear desk and everything is in it’s place, it just makes me feel good.
Being organised is key for your mental health too. I love to just ensure at the end of every week that my desk/space is tidy and in place where I want it to be. Or even at the end of the day, I just ensure everything is placed away and so when it comes to the next day that I begin work my desk is tidy and clean.
3. Add colour and decor
I think adding some small plants or colour just adds to your work space or even home. Adding pops of colour or plants just inspires me and makes me feel so much happier with my work area. For example, put some prints up on the wall, or some coloured organisers (pen pots, drawers etc). I think making the space more you makes you more productive with your work, and I think overall more positive in wanting to work in that space. Also for me adding colour and décor just helps me keep sane during the work week because it calms my mind and makes me love the space I am working in.
If bright colours are not your thing then of course just add minimal tones throughout your space, just do what works for you and this will minimise the stress levels trust me.
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4. Drink water
Another way to keep sane during the work week is to drink water. I mean this is pretty self-explanatory, but drinking water helps with productivity, benefits your skin/health etc. I don’t need to tell you how important it is, we are all told all the time. It can be hard if you don’t like water, but honestly it is so beneficial. This can all reduce stress and help you get through your work much better, and I feel so much better if I am hydrated (although yes sometimes I do forget but I have got so much better).
Plus you can buy a cute reusable bottle that will track how much you are drinking, and plus just staying hydrated will be great for you skin and body (like I mentioned).
5. Take time away from the screen
I have mentioned this a lot recently including my previous post, but working on a screen all day or being on your phone can make it difficult to shut off. However, I think it is so important to have regular breaks and do things that don’t involve the screen. For example, reading for 30 minutes, going for a walk (As mentioned), gardening, taking classes/going gym/just exercise in general, time for hobbies or having time to spend with others just talking. It is important to not be consumed by the screen and just embrace life and it’s true beauty!
One thing I do that helps me keep sane during the work week is ensure that every hour I take a 5 minute break. This normally involves me walking around the room, having a quick stretch or going to grab a top up of water/cup of tea. By doing this and getting my body moving it just helps me step back from my work for a second, and this let’s me come back to it with a fresh mind/head. I have found this has dramatically improved my working (in the best and most positive way).
There you have it some ways for you to keep sane during the work week. Once you start implementing ways to help manage your stress and provide a better work/life relationship this will impact your work ethic in a positive way.
let me know in the comments ways you keep sane during the work week?
Gemma Jayne x