It's a public holiday today in NSW (don't whinge, Victoria; it'll be Melbourne Cup Day soon enough). While long weekends are great, if you don't take a moment to unwind they don't do you much good. Make your day off count and check out some of our favourite ways to relax and recharge.
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Recognise And Repair Burnout
You want to avoid burnout, but sometimes you don't recognise the signs or the severity of the problem. Here are a few articles that explain how and why you get stressed out plus what you can do about it.
We're surrounded by gadgets that demand our attention, constantly fragmenting our ability to properly focus on the task at hand. Living with technology doesn't mean we have to live with an addiction, however. More »
Developer and blogger Jeremy Hutchings knows what it's like to work yourself to the bone and end up completely burned out. He also has some great suggestions for how to deal with it. More »
Exercise Your Mind And Body
Not all exercise has to be work. Meditation and yoga are two great ways to keep your mind and body active without the process feeling like work. We've got guides to help you get started with both.
Believe it or not, you can improve your concentration and slow down your day-to-day life with meditation without ever uttering the word "chakra". Incense, yoga pants and annoying dinner conversation are also optional. More »
Yoga offers a host of health benefits, including stress relief and mental clarity, but many people don't think it's for them. There are, however, so many approaches to yoga — Ashtanga is a fast-paced flowing style while Kripalu combines gentle movements with a philosophy of compassion and mindfulness — that if you are interested, you should be able to find a yoga style that fits your needs and reap these great benefits. Here's how to get started (or continue) on your individual yoga path. More »
Learn How To Improve Your Sleep
Sleep is about as relaxed as you get, and if you want to recharge you're going to need to sneak a few hours here and there. These posts can help you find time for naps and improve your overall quality of sleep.
If you have trouble sleeping, you're definitely not alone. More than half of U.S. adults experience some symptom of insomnia at least a few nights a week. More »
Nothing can stand in for a good night's sleep. Today we're not going to show you how to scrape by with less sleep; instead, we're going to help you reboot your sleeping habits so you get the sleep you need (and deserve). More »
There's nothing like the restorative power of a nap to bolster your energy, mood, and productivity, but if you want to get the most from your naps, there's plenty of room for improvement. More »
Once upon a time—a very long time—I used to sleep well. After too many restless nights, I decided something needed to be done. I changed my diet, my exercise routine, and a lot more to try and figure out the problem, but without any hard data it was all speculation. A few key pieces of technology helped me figure out what I was doing right and wrong, and how pretty much anyone can do it, too, for practically no money. More »
A lack of sleep is like being drunk on the job, which is probably more detrimental to your productivity than actually taking a quick nap break during your work hours. If you need to get away with sleeping on the job, here are a few ways to do it. More »
Android/iOS: Pzizz helps you get to sleep faster and get more restful sleep with a combination of soothing sounds and voice cues aimed at helping you relax, destress, and get to sleep. More »
Make Changes To Improve Your Work Life
It may be your day off, but taking a little time to make tomorrow better may be worth it. Here are a few ways you can find balance in your work and improve your office life in several ways.
For many of us, work is a huge part of our lives and it may be also be source of negativity, stress, and hopelessness. Maybe your job isn't quite that bad, but a little improvement never hurts. Here are our top 10 tips and tricks to make your work life better. More »
Many of us can't wait to pack up and head home at the end of a long workday: we count down the hours and as soon as our shift is up, we're out the door. More »
Too often most work boils down to checking off items on a to-do list and getting through the day. By re-evaluating what it really means to be productive and remembering to focus, you can ensure you're making progress to a goal and not spinning your wheels. More »
Nigel Marsh, author of Fat, 40, and Fired gave a TED talk on achieving work-life balance. In it he argues that making grand, sweeping changes to achieve balance will ultimately end in failure-much like a crash diet. Instead, Marsh believes that strategic little changes make the biggest difference. Here's a look at how and why. More »
We spend a lot of time sitting at our desks every day, and while it may not look like it, it can wreak havoc with our bodies. Here's how to set up a healthy, ergonomic workspace to keep you comfortable and injury-free. More »
Many of us spend the majority of our professional lives sitting, which makes the office chair an all-important piece of furniture. Lately mine hasn't been cutting it, so as an experiment, I swapped my chair with an exercise ball. More »
Just Have Some Fun
Of course, one of the easiest ways to relax is make sure you have some fun. Here are some projects to help bring a little more into your day.
Whether you're looking to relive the past or experience the origin of gaming you missed in your youth, your Windows, Mac, or Linux PC can take you back to Mario's salad days, the birth of the Final Fantasy series, and much more. Here's how to get started with retro game emulation and turn your computer into the ultimate retro arcade in just a few minutes. More »
We love our games and consoles, but there's a big world that lies beyond the product you pull out of the box. Your console is capable of so much more than you may realise. Here are our top 10 video game hacks and DIY projects to prove it. More »
Hacking your Wii hasn't been difficult, but it has required a somewhat detailed process. Now we have LetterBomb, which is an incredibly simple way to hack your Wii. It only takes about five minutes to accomplish. Here's how to do it. More »