Relaxing is crucial for anyone. Some jobs and projects can be taxing, which makes relaxing seem unattainable. It’s important to give your mind and your body a break no matter how much energy and time you need to put into a certain task. It might seem like breaks are a waste of time – time that could be spent on your work; however, breaks that enable relaxation can provide an uptick in productivity, creativity, and motivation. Relaxing takes on many different forms depending on the person. Some people meditate, others exercise, and some people even use alternative medicine, such as CBD oil, to soothe their aching bodies. Regardless of the method that works best for you, it’s important to have something that takes your mind off your work. There’s an assortment of ways to stay relaxed during challenging design projects.

Meditation

One way to relax is to clear your mind. Meditation has gained immense popularity over the past few decades because it allows you to do just that. Meditation can help people eliminate distractions so they can focus on what’s important. It also helps people get the most important things done in a more efficient and effective manner. New studies are emerging seemingly everyday that illustrate meditation’s benefits. Studies have shown that meditation reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, helps our overall psychological well-being, and improves the brain’s functionality. Meditation can also potentially improve your concentration and attention. Meditation can help your career no matter what stage you’re at in it. Whether you’re looking to land your first gig as a freelance designer, or you’re an executive at a design agency, meditation could be a good option for you.

Exercising

A good way to let your mind relax and improve your overall health is through exercising. One of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety is by working out: going for a walk, jump roping in your backyard, lifting weights, playing basketball, or any other way to stay active. Mood enhancing chemicals, such as serotonin and dopamine, flood your brain post-exercise. These chemicals improve your outlook and attitude. On top of making you feel good, exercising also changes the brain in ways that protect memory and improve critical thinking skills. Once again, exercising can help anyone at any point in their career: those who are starting their own design business, those in design school, or those who have been in the business for years. The bottom line is exercising is good for everyone and can help your productivity and creativity while you work.

Alternative Medicine: CBD Products

Even office jobs can have an effect on your body. Sitting in an uncomfortable chair can ruin your posture, looking down at a laptop can hurt your neck – working hard on a design project can take a physical toll on the human body. CBD products have exploded in popularity over the last decade to combat issues like this. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the compounds in the cannabis plant. Unlike some of the other compounds, CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t make you feel high. There isn’t a significant amount of research out there on CBD because it is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug in the United States. With that being said, many researchers have conducted studies on CBD and have found that it reduces pain and inflammation while showing few negative side effects. People are turning to CBD to relax and ease their physical pain. It’s important to do your own research about CBD’s potential health benefits. CBD has proven to be a viable pain release for those working long hours, hunched over at a computer.

Start Relaxing!

Challenging design projects can cause workers mental and physical pain. There are many ways to prevent this pain from happening. Methods like meditation, exercise, and usage of alternative medicine, such as CBD, all show promising benefits to the human body. It’s important to research them, read about their application, and figure out which, if any, fit best into your lifestyle. It’s also important to treat your body and mind with care, especially when work is coming down on you the hardest.

About the Author

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Mirko Humbert

Mirko Humbert is the editor-in-chief and main author of Designer Daily and Typography Daily. He is also a graphic designer and the founder of WP Expert.