Five Ways to Take a Break When Life Gets Busy

Life is often busy and demanding, so it’s important we take time out to de-stress now and again. But when things gets really hectic – when it’s especially important to take the time to relax – many people find it easier said than done.

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If you’re struggling to find time to yourself, read on for a few simple ways to combat the stress and finally find space for a break.

Master the Household Chores

Learning how to do your household chores more efficiently might not sound like much of a break at first (or at all, to be honest) – but think again. The time you save by being more efficient can mean the difference between half an hour spent cleaning, and half an hour spent relaxing! For example, by mastering the art of washing symbols, you will be able to quickly sort your laundry before putting it into the machine. Knowing whether to use a short wash cycle, or to use the tumble dryer instead of hanging clothes outside will save you a lot of time – and it’ll help you to avoid laundry related accidents, too. From learning how to plan your meals, to quickly spring cleaning your entire home – there are loads of time saving tricks you can do, meaning you’ll be left with less cleaning, and a lot more time on your hands.

Escape For A Weekend

Sometimes, a free hour here or there just isn’t enough, and you’ll be left yearning for an extended escape from everyday life. So why not bite the bullet and get away from it all? A change of scenery can make a huge difference to your mood, and getting a little distance always puts things into perspective again. If you’re unsure where to head for your short getaway, travelling sites like this one can help you make an informed choice. And if your budget is small, you might like to check out some of the opportunities for holidays you’ve never thought of.

Schedule Time to Relax

If you don’t have the time (or the funds) to escape the chaos for a while, it’s still important to put yourself first from time to time. The best way to ensure you get a break is to plan for it in advance. So, if you are a yoga or pilates fan, why not book (and pay for) some classes in advance? That way, you will be more inclined to go, even if you are feeling stressed on the day – and you’re bound to feel refreshed and happy once you’ve been. Try to plan for at least a couple of hours of relaxation every week (perhaps sit down on a Sunday and write down what you’ll do) – and it can be as simple as a trip to the cinema or grabbing a coffee with a friend.

It’s so easy to become buried beneath the stress and hassle of work-life. And sure, appointments are important – but sometimes, scheduling an appointment with yourself has to take top priority.

About The Author


I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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