Nine tips for “upstream” work-related relaxation

Jun 10, 2011

From a recent yoga class, I learned how to massage my own face. The effect was not only pleasant but also very surprising. Given how very loose and relaxed it felt afterwards, I can only guess it was very tense beforehand – without me realizing it. I came away thinking about how we store stress in our bodies every day, yet too often neglect to remove it purposefully (sorry, but sleep doesn’t count).

I’m a big proponent of “upstream action”, or prevention, in order to minimize needed “downstream” solutions. In this particular case, I was helped out by the newsletter of ManagersOnline.nl, which posted the article, “Nine tips to create more rest” (Negen tips om meer rust te creëren) on June 1, 2011. The entire article can be read after a free registration step. Here are the highlighted tips (by the way, I’m particularly fond of the last one):

1. Take the time to consider what you do on a daily basis and what you would like to do. Make an overview (so that the differences can be identified).

Neem tijd om u te beraden op wat u dagelijks doet en wat u zou willen doen. Maak hier een overzicht van.

2. Research why you don’t get to everything you want to and what you could do about it. What are behind-the-scene obstacles that get in the way throughout the day?

Onderzoek waarom u niet overal aan toe komt en wat u eraan zou willen doen. Wat zijn bijvoorbeeld achterliggende obstakels waardoor u zich laat meeslepen door de waan van de dag?

3. Who and what determine your agenda and how would you prefer to organize your agenda?

Wie en wat bepaalt uw agenda en hoe wilt u uw agenda zelf inrichten?

4. What is urgent? Think also about the long-term.

Wat is dringend? Denk ook aan de langere termijn.

5. Make lists in order to remember work tasks.

Maak lijstjes om werktaken te onthouden.

6. Concentrate on your own tasks and don’t be distracted by what others ask of you.

Concentreer u op uw eigen taken en laat u niet afleiden door wat anderen van u vragen.

7. Plan rest (breaks) and relaxation (after work) so that you generate enough energy for the tasks that demand it.

Plan rust (pauzes) en ontspanning (na het werk) in zodat u voldoende energie opdoet voor taken die energie vragen.

8. Make bringing work home with you the rare exception instead of the norm.

Neem alleen bij hoge uitzondering werk mee naar huis.

9. Seek out expertise help in your search, because you may find that you are stuck in particular patterns that make it difficult for you to see precisely what you are doing; this strategy can also help with discovering alternatives and possibilities.

Zoek eventueel deskundige hulp bij deze zoektocht, want vaak zit u vast in een bepaald patroon en ziet u zelf niet wat u precies doet, maar ook niet wat de alternatieven en mogelijkheden zijn.

Cara Crisler
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These are great Cara. I think I will post them on my wall. Good to keep the inspiration in front of you AND to have you finding these for us. 6, 7 and 9 are important for me.

Mark

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