While work doesn’t stop or, in many industries, even slow down, during the summer months, that doesn’t mean working women shouldn’t take a breather to de-stress and recharge while the weather makes it so darned easy to do so.And yes, technology can actually help make this possible. Here are a few ways how.
Unwind with a good book
Picturesitting by the pool, or even on your front porch, and enjoying a cup of tea, coffee, or glass of wine, while immersed in a good book. The newest Kindle Paperwhite aims to get you about as close as you could possibly get to holding a physical paperback, with a new Bookerly font and typesetting engine, higher resolution screen, and long battery life. But it also incorporates features that elevate the reading experience beyond that t help keep you on your toes, like the ability to look up the definition of words or log and analyze related passages. It’s a great way to de-stress while still keeping your mental juices flowing, so to speak.
Go for a run, walk
Even if you’re not an active person by nature, a short evening or morning stroll around the block can really help you shed the stress and cool down. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s good for your health, too. Using a fitness tracker, like a Fitbit Flex, can help you keep track of just how quickly those quick jaunts add up, and even how they might help you get better sleep. For the A Type, workaholic woman, it’s an ideal way to unwind, but still satisfy that need to set personal goals and make each moment feel purposeful.
Relax with mood lighting and music
It’s hard for most working women to actually give themselves some true “me time,” whether it’s because of the demands of the job, or the need to balance those demands with those of the family. Either way, find some time, even if it’s just an hour or two, to simply sit and do nothing. Put your feet up, throw on some warm mood lighting and a favourite playlist, and just relax. A speaker bulb like the MipowPlaybulb Color is a great option to kill two birds with one stone. Screw it into any standard light bulb socket, download the app, connect it to your smartphone via Bluetooth, then you can control the colour of the lights and effects to suit your mood, plus play tunes through its built-in speaker.
Cut out the noise
We know, we know: there are never enough hours in a day. If you take public transit to and from work, or you’re heading out on a business trip, throw on a good pair of noise canceling headphones, like the Bose QuietComfort 25s, close your eyes, and simply shut the world out, whether it’s for the next few hours, or just the 30-minute ride home. If you don’t have any business plans for the summer, or typically drive in to work, try walking or biking one day instead. Or take the train to your next meeting on purpose instead of dealing with the stresses of rush hour traffic. Even a single day’s break can do wonders on one’s psyche. And it’ll encourage you to get out and enjoy the beautiful summer weather.
Even in the busiest of times, there’s value in stopping, breathing, and taking a minute to recharge your internal batteries so that you can come back stronger than ever. And there’s no better time to do it then when the sun is shining, and the weather in your favour.