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‘No Downside’: New Zealand Firm Adopts Four-Day Week After Successful Trial

If you’re one who loves those “I hate Mondays” memes, or if you just wish weekends could have one more day to them, you may be want to pay attention to what a New Zealand company decided to do after experimenting with a four-day work week. As reported by The Guardian, the company found that its staff were so better focused and productive with a four-day work week that it decided to adopt the schedule full-time for all 250 of its employees.

One reason the company decided to try the experiment in the first place was because the staff appeared to be under a lot of pressure trying to manage their personal and professional lives. The Guardian said New Zealand’s workplace relations minister is “very interested” in exploring similar models with other businesses.

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how much stress can negatively affect your entire well-being, as stress does not act as a singular force on your body but, rather, acts like a snowball rolling down a mountain, gradually building in size and speed until it’s virtually impossible to control. The end result is that stress can actually be a contributor to numerous acute illnesses and chronic diseases, including diabetes and cancer.

That said, it may be worthwhile to broach the subject of four-day work weeks with your employer. Beyond that, there are things you can do in your personal life to develop resilience to stress, and to reduce it in your life. For example, there are many breathing techniques out there — virtually all of which can help you get in touch with your body and soothe your mind.

Besides breathing exercises, there are many other helpful stress management tools. Another favorite is the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). It's an energy psychology tool that can help reprogram your body's reactions to everyday stress, thereby reducing your chances of developing adverse health effects.

EFT is similar to acupuncture, which is based on the concept that a vital energy flows through your body along invisible pathways known as meridians. EFT stimulates different energy meridian points in your body by tapping them with your fingertips, while simultaneously using custom-made verbal affirmations. By doing so, you reprogram the way your body responds to emotional stressors.

Just taking time for a walk in nature is a simple, easy way to lessen stress, too. In fact, a massive study involving data from more than 140 studies and 290 million people revealed that exposure to greenspace, defined as open, undeveloped land with natural vegetation, led to significant health benefits.

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