Oct 29, 2013

    Ensure time out, so you can go further

    LIFE is not all about work - it is also about having time to relax.

    In fact, overworking can cause undue stress, which can result in physical and health problems such as heart disease and depression.

    Relaxation rejuvenates your mind and body, so set aside time to do something that you like and enjoy.

    Furthermore, after a fun and rejuvenating break, you'll feel refreshed and be ready to take on any challenges at work. So it does pay to have fun.

    Relaxing is not a treat, but something that you need to set aside time to do regularly. Here's what you can do.


    It's time to put words into action, and take that vacation that you have been wanting to take, but never got around to doing so.

    You can take a week off and set off to explore a new city, or go on a weekend getaway to a nearby island resort. Even a short Sunday picnic at the beach with friends and family will help you to unwind and relax a great deal.


    Before you take off for your escapade, be sure to plan well in advance. Finish up whatever work that you can, delegate your responsibilities and arrange for colleagues to cover your duties. With that, you can enjoy your break in peace.

    As long as your plans are in place, you have nothing to worry about and should be able to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.


    A common complaint is that we just simply cannot find time outside of work to relax and have fun. More often than not, it is just a case of poor time management.

    It is important to prioritise your tasks, and finish the most important things first. Do not put off doing something, because more work will soon pile up.

    Create an activity log over several days and identify where you waste the most time. It could be time spent going through your spam e-mail or aimlessly browsing online.

    Rectify that, and soon you will find that you have a little more time each day for yourself.


    Always block out time for personal relaxation first before jotting down obligations and appointments in your calendar.


    Sometimes relaxation is not just about taking that long-awaited vacation. All you need is just a few minutes a day to enjoy the little things that will brighten up your day.

    You'll be amazed at how much difference something as small as listening to your favourite music will help uplift your spirits and enrich your life.

    Or you can start now by taking a few minutes off, sit back, let your mind wander, and relax. All you need is just that little extra rest to inject the freshness back into your life.


    This article first appeared on the website of the Health Promotion Board. Visit www.hpb.gov.sg for more information on health and wellness.