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Four ways to improve brain health in work overload

According to Yale University psychology professor Laurie Santos feeling like you're too busy or don't have time to do what you want can lead to decreased productivity and burnout, and can be as detrimental to mental health as losing your job, the Inc. magazine writes.
Four ways to improve brain health in work overload

There are several powerful ways to create “time abundance,” as Santos calls it, and become a little happier. You should think about time “the same way we think about money,” she said. Here are three ways Santos suggested to create “time abundance.”

1. Don't get carried away with time blocking

A busy schedule may look impressive but it can also make you feel like you don't have time to grab lunch or chat with coworkers. Some tasks that are on your to-do list don't deserve to take up space in your planner, she says.

Giving yourself time to work on larger projects with fewer interruptions, can reduce feelings of time shortage and stress, resulting in increased productivity, she added.

2. “Confetti of Time”

Let's say you're in a meeting that ends early, or you finish a task before it's due. Whenever you find a couple of unexpected free minutes, celebrate it.

These tiny bits of freedom are called "time confetti", the term coined by a writer Brigitte Schulte, and using them mindfully can make you happier, the expert believes.

Instead of looking for a new task or scrolling through your phone's feed, use those five minutes to do something that makes you feel better. You can go for a walk, meditate, or even exchange pet photos with a coworker.

3. “Buy time” when necessary

Working hard is exhausting. Some of the best ways to relax, recover and reward yourself, actually cost money, Santos notes.

If you find yourself working late one day, don't feel guilty about ordering food in, she said. If you need a couple of extra minutes to get ready for an event, but you know public transportation can't be relied upon or parking may not be available, consider investing in a taxi.

4. One more tip

Try the “no, hooray” method instead. According to Santos, the idea came from a 2005 psychological study. Next time you skip a business meeting to do something else, more meaningful, set a reminder for the day it was supposed to happen. Then, instead of worrying about the hours you have wasted, you can celebrate the time you have saved.

Source: https://incrussia.ru/news/4-prostyh-sposoba-uluchshit-zdorove-mozga-pri-chrezmernoj-zanyatosti/

Photos are from open sources.

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