Even if you love your job like I do, work can be pretty stressful sometimes. Between the constant demands of projects and deadlines and the persistent fear that for many, this might be the week they get laid off, it’s no surprise that many of us are stressed out on the job. Not only can this take a severe toll on your mental health, but being under pressure on the job can actually hurt your physical health, too. For instance, a study done in Finland showed that workers who feel like their bosses don’t listen to them are actually at a much greater risk of coronary heart disease! Stress can also cause symptoms like headaches, panic attacks, and even elevated blood sugar and cholesterol levels. That’s some pretty alarming stuff. But what can we do about it? While we can’t all win the lottery and retire to Tahiti, there are a few things that we can all do to lower our stress levels at the office.
We’re a few weeks into the year now, and I’m sure that at this point, plenty of people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions. It seems like they’re just so hard to keep, especially when we make them either too difficult or too vague. One of my resolutions this year was to avoid having to clean the whole house as much as possible. That probably sounds odd coming from a cleaning expert, doesn’t it? But hang on: Just because I don’t want to block out a day or two at a time to clean the house doesn’t mean that I’ve decided to live in squalor! Instead, I’ve decided to be proactive about cleaning. With a little day-to-day effort, you can make housework much faster and easier.
All of the gifts have been unwrapped, the fancy foods have been eaten, and your holiday guests have gone home. You raised a glass as you watched the ball drop at midnight, and now, here you are at the start of a new year. January is a time for a fresh start, a time when everyone wipes the slate clean and starts over, vowing to change their lives for the better. Why wait for spring to do spring cleaning when you can change your home for the better now, and start the year with both a clean slate and a clean living space? Now’s the perfect time to deep-clean your home, and here’s how you should do it.