relaxation aS productivity booster?
Does this seem contradictory to you? A lot of working and studying people think that we have to be stressed and tense to be more productive or behave like this to not appear lazy. Some people call people who don’t suffer from stress at work lazy and overrate themselves with pretending stress. Maybe you are used to connecting productivity with emphasis, but it wasn’t like this!
You are more productive if you are relaxed! I used to feel stress already early in the mornings because I thought that was the right feeling for successful people. It isn’t, believe me – it just burns you out. We were taught to connect stress with productivity. If you ask someone how they are doing, you often get the answer: “I’m so busy, “or “it’s stressful these days “, or something similar.
The same appears in learning, namely at schools or university, aka the serious part of life. In my opinion, learning is fun and should happen in a relaxed environment.
These are bad habits and have adverse effects not only on your well-being but your general productivity. Stress slows down, whereas relaxation allows you to think faster and more effective.
Can we be more productive without having stress?
As mentioned below, I think we learned the connection between stress and productivity quite early in our lives. Over time, a habit of stressful productivity builds up and influences us negatively. Sometimes it also makes us sick, but it seems to be better ill than if you are called lazy. Because often people tell us that relaxed people who are not in a stressed mood must be lazy or have no work. So, most other people judge that it is best to feel stress or look like a stressed worker to gain more respect and appear as busy person. Otherwise, you are a lazy nobody or kinda… The conclusion is: better to be sick and productive than appearing relaxed and called lazily!
You have to quit that vicious game if you want to be productive and stay relaxed. The bad news is that you have to stop caring about what others may say or think about you. The good news is that you can learn to listen to yourself rather than to the others because people-pleasing is also just a habit that you can change.
3 Stress Survival Tips or how to be even more productive
1. Morning Routine
When you are a recurring reader of my blog, you know I love my relaxing morning routine. Start your day with some relaxation, and it will impact your whole day. I am an advocate of customizing your morning and align it with your needs. If you need some time for yourself, take at least a few minutes. If the first thing you need is a cup of coffee, drink it while listening to your favourite podcast or reading the news. Routines benefit your whole day. If you have a specific and relaxing evening routine, let me know in the comments below – I’m looking for a good one!
2. Take Time for Yourself
This is an underestimated but essential tip. I’m sure you are familiar with it, but I think most people just don’t implement personal time into their lives, although it would massively benefit them. Plan some time for indulging yourself, or for movement, or whatever you love doing only for yourself and alone. Doing nothing or meditate for a few minutes is also an excellent opportunity to relax. This is not my kind of relaxation, as I am a fidgeter and cannot sit still for longer than five minutes (I tried Zen meditation and gave up after three minutes or so). My favourite time off is taking a bath, going for a walk, or riding in nature with my horses.
3. Have More Fun!
I believe that most people feel stress because they take things way too serious! We all need a bit more fun and happiness in our lives, especially on these challenging days. Life and work can and should be fun. Take the time for small jokes and encouraging chats to make other people happy. Try to laugh as often as you can and stay away from negative people or events whenever it is possible. If it isn’t possible, try to figure out the positive side of the medal. Ask yourself, “What it is suitable for? “This winning attitude helps you to focus on the positive aspects and keeping a positive mindset. With more fun and a positive mindset, you can achieve more by staying relaxed.
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