One of the questions I often asked during interviews – how do you unwind outside of work?

I think it is important to have a balanced lifestyle where you could peel yourself from work and de-stress.

I don’t want to hire someone who have no outlet to unwind and might be at risk of burn-outs. I need people who has the maturity of knowing how to take care of themselves. They are more likely to evolve as leaders who know how to take care their teams.

I recommend taking regular short breaks of 3 to 4 days. There is no need to always travel to another country as it can costly; but if you can afford, do so.

Here are some of the ways I let my (short) hair down –

  • I would escape into novels with its imagery world and fictitious characters – through both reading and writing.
  • I would re-channel my energy into doing exercises – whether it’s gym work-outs or swimming a few laps in the pool.
  • I would dabble in creative work – doodling and daydreaming are also different forms of creativity.
  • I would sip hot teas to calm down
  • I will close my eyes when listening to the lyrics of beautiful songs.

Essentially, do anything to detach and break away, and remember to breathe in the midst of busy-ness. Find and make time for activities that make you happy – something creative, something relaxing, some active, something new …

Dedicate zone-out times every day – even if it’s only for 15 mins at each go.

Keep these small habits going and they will become part of a better lifestyle.

What do you do to let your hair down?

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