Take Time to Unwind

Take Time to Unwind

 5 Jul 2018

Although I’m what’s known as a ‘newbie’ in the recruitment industry, it hasn’t taken me long to realise how important it is to make sure you take some time out, relax and unwind.
 
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, and it’s true!
 
One thing I’ve noticed that seems quite challenging for recruiters is detaching yourself from your phone/laptop when you get home. It’s so difficult if you’re waiting on news (good or bad) to not continuously check, but what we don’t realise is by constantly checking we are in fact influencing our health. Research suggests that to have a restful sleep you should turn off all electronic equipment at least 1 hour before you go to bed, as this helps you to drift off easier. I can bet that all of us, on more than one occasion, have felt the effect a restless sleep can have on your day. So, by switching off a couple of hours earlier than you normally would, it can overall have a positive knock-on effect on your working day.
 
Physical activity is another great way to relieve stress and escape from your day to day responsibilities. When you exercise your body releases endorphins – these are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, which improve the ability to sleep, and therefore reduces stress. Less stress + more sleep = happy days! It’s important to take some time out, even if it is just a couple of hours a week for your physical and mental health. Taking the time to train can also have a constructive effect on your work as your body releases ‘feel-good’ endorphins, which in turn get the creative juices going and the good ideas flowing.
 
One of the things in life that will guarantee to help you relax is taking that well deserved trip away! It’s important that you treat yourself for all the hard work you put in because at the end of the day, you deserve it. Exploring new things is exciting, and you will never look back and regret going on an adventure, but you will always regret the ‘what if’. Holidays are the perfect way to help you switch off. Switch off that phone, laptop, mind, and enjoy the simple things in life. You will feel the positive effect this has on you and your body.
 
At the end of the day, I believe it is vital that we don’t get too wrapped up in our workload because there are no positives that come from it. Your health is imperative and if taking the time to unwind overall benefits your performance at work, you’re winning at the end of the day.
 
(by Cara Clark)

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