We’ve discussed how taking real breaks can help you be more productive during the day, but it can also help you lower your overall stress level so you can rest well at night. To combat the stress of the day to day and keep a lower level of tension across your whole day, take more genuine breaks — away from your work — where you can recharge and relax. The result will be by the end of the day, you’re not wound up so tightly.
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One of the biggest reasons many of us suffer from insomnia and difficulty getting a good night’s rest is our inability to relax and turn our brains off when we put our heads down for the night. We try to close our eyes and sleep, but the issues of the day weigh on us or we just can’t put our minds at ease. By lowering our stress levels through the day, we’ll make it easier to go home without the pressure of having to unwind all at once before we spend time with family or go to bed to start over again the next morning.
Granted, this really applies if you work in an environment where you wouldn’t be scolded for getting up and escaping from your job periodically to go listen to music, go for a quick walk around the building or block, or grab a cup of coffee and de-stress for a few minutes, but if you can, the benefit may be a better night’s sleep. For more tips on how you can rest well, check out our top 10 days to sleep smarter and better — exercise is another great way to relieve stress and help you sleep. Do you have any tips to add? Let’s hear them in the comments below.
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