If you want to make it at anything, regardless of what it is and what gender, age, or profession you are in, taking time to relax will be key to your sustained success. You have mainly heard how important hard work is and, yes, it is, but hard work alone will not be able to sustain success. Whether its gaming, running or playing other games taking the time to just switch off and recharge your batteries is key to any form of success.
Burnout is a Real Risk
Research has shown that globally Australia has one of the highest burn out rates anywhere and that more than 70% of Australians suffered from burnout. This may be a more recent trend as many of us are now working from home and having our office life and home life so closely integrated means it is difficult to switch off at the end of the day. Many of us are working overtime or dedicating more time to our professional life than ever before. This may seem like a one-way ticket to career success but is also likely to lead to anxiety, depression, and the inability to harness that dedication.
Happiness and Success
While many of us may think that we work hard now, we will achieve success, and this will bring us happiness, research has shown that this logic is backward. We should not be thinking of happiness as the end result of our dedication and hard work in our professional lives, but something can both co-exist during our professional endeavors and even be essential for our success.
Tips for Promoting Happiness and Relaxation
If you are regularly active and enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, you will know that boosting your endorphins is a great way to bring a smile to your face and increase your happiness. But promoting a more relaxed lifestyle is vital. Even professional footballers look for alternative activities to do off the pitch to relieve stress and keep their game at its best if you prefer a less high energy way of relaxing, particularly if your professional life is extremely high intensity.
Music is an excellent way to disconnect from the stress of your 9 to 5 job and is something you can do either on your own or with a group of like-minded friends. Whether this means joining fan forums, hosting music-themed dinner parties, or sitting quietly listening to your favorite artists, surrounding yourself with music releases dopamine in the brain and is proven to improve your mode, reduce your anxiety and promote joy and pleasure.
Reading is another way to disconnect from the daily grind and promotes levels of emotion that we may find hard to tap into in our personal lives. Whether this includes empathy with a powerful character or strategic thinking in solving a crime, these are all excellent ways of stepping out of ourselves and relaxing. There are many self-help options for those who prefer not to read fiction, or you can read about a relaxing destination in one of the many travel books now available.