Jay of Sunshine

It's Still a Beautiful World

Say “No” to Workaholism in 2017

on December 31, 2016

The festive season should be a time for all to reconnect with friends and families, reflect on the year’s lessons and relax. Sadly, some of us do not know to relax and would rather work just because we like to be kept busy. There are all of 365 days in a year yet you refuse to take one day to unwind. Quite often, we are warned about the negative impact of stress on our bodies, feelings and behaviours. Here is a list of things to do that can help you to avoid a physical and mental breakdown:

  1. Read- Many of us have neglected the duty to read regularly. Apart from building our knowledge and vocabulary, reading allows us to exercise our imagination and helps us to forget about our own troubles, even if it’s just for a while. Ladies, many of you have been guilty of ignoring the fashion and beauty magazines that have been piling up on your coffee table. And men, do not think that you can get away with not reading that publication about cars. Take the time to read and you will rediscover that “reading is fun.”

Somerset Falls in Portland, Jamaica. Twas therapeutic!

  1. Play a game/sport- With the plethora of video, outdoor and board games available, there is absolutely no excuse for us not to relax. Those who have assignments due next year may want to put aside the books for a while to sweat and have fun. There are some sweet benefits to be gained – you will acquire collaboration and problem solving skills, you will be able to think critically and you will get physical exercise. So go ahead and break a sweat.



Sweat out toxins while having fun! Photo courtesy of shutterstock.com

  1. Listen to music – There are some genres of music such as classical music that are therapeutic and soothing. If you like songs with lyrics, then opt for those with positive and uplifting messages. You may even light an aromatic candle while you are enjoying your favourite songs. Listen to music and you will love the fact that your mood will be boosted.
  1. Movies – Like reading novels, movies can temporarily help you not to think about your troubles. Be sure to opt for comedies or any flick that is not depressing. Why compound your already saturated state of mind with gloom? Fun, inspiring and entertaining movies are the way to go!
  1. Go out – It does not matter where in the world you are, you can go somewhere to relax for a short period of time. Rivers and beaches have calming effect on us and are wonderful options. There are also nature parks, theatres, restaurants, amusement parks and so many other places that you should visit.

Mom, sis and I take a selfie after dining out. Family is everything.

  1. Socialise- When was the last you and Uncle Joe sat on the verandah and had a good laugh? Do you remember chatting around the dinner table with your family and friends? Please share your thoughts with friends and provide a listening ear as well.

Have a prosperous and stress free 2017! Nuff blessings!

Sources: mayoclinic.com, forbes.com and netdoctor.co.uk


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