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In today’s fast-paced world, it is all too easy to take work home with you. You don’t want to fall behind on deadlines or important meetings coming up, so you prepare for such events at home. There are many articles about leaving work at home that you can read up on to help you find the best way to enjoy being at home.
The problem is, your home no longer becomes your home. Bringing work home with you will ultimately cause stressful situations that you just don’t want to have to deal with in your house. Your home should be your comfort zone and place to unwind. Here are some ways that you can let the office work stay at the office.
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Develop a Home Routine
When you get home, you need to feel like you are home. Whether it is immediately taking the dog out for a walk or sitting on the couch for a few minutes, you need to have a routine to help you transition out of work mode. I would suggest immediately changing out of your work clothes and putting on something comfortable, symbolizing to you that you are not working anymore.
People have mixed emotions on when the right time to exercise is. Many people like to do it first thing in the morning to start their day off right and get it over with. Other people will exercise at night to destress from the day. The release of your endorphins through exercising will drastically change your mood. You will be able to clear your head and shift your energy into a whole different direction.
If you are worried about missing something at work, it may be time to invest in some outside help. There are many virtual offices available to take care of any after hours work emergencies that may come up. This virtual office will also work for you while you are in the office and allow you to get more productive work done instead of always having to answer the phone. When you feel that your office is in good hands, it will immediately lower your stress level.
Enjoy the Car Ride Home
The ride home from work should also be your time to decompress from the day. If you need to vent to someone about work, do so on the way home, safely of course. If you have blue tooth in your car, give a friend a call and get things off your chest. Or, put on your favorite music and just enjoy what makes you happy. You also have the option of driving home in silence and enjoy the peace and quiet for a little while. Whatever makes you the happiest, do it on the ride home.
Consider Therapy or a Business Coach
Therapy is not a sign that something is wrong in your life. Therapy is a chance for you to bring your self-awareness to the light. This gives you a chance to talk through any issues that you may be having and be provided with strategies to help you feel better about yourself and work. You can also talk with a business coach who has the experience to walk you through stressful situations. They can help to set you up with a formula to help you keep work at the office where it belongs.
Meditation is a great way to unwind from a long day and allow yourself the ability to refocus into the present moment. This allows your mental, physical, and emotional capacity to all align into one and help you leave your stress back at the office and focus on your own well-being. There are many programs available to help teach you meditation strategies that you can view from your computer.
Dive into a Good Book
Instead of immediately turning on the T.V. or resorting to your social media device, find a good book that you can completely engage yourself in. When you know you have a good book to come home to, it will immediately shift your mood. It also helps to distract you from life. Sometimes watching T.V. or getting involved in social media just creates more anxiety in your life. Some peace and quiet as well as a good book may be just what you need.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep can never be underestimated. Getting a good night’s sleep is a way to decompress and get re-energized for the next day. Waking up tired will leave you feeling unmotivated and unproductive. Reading the book mentioned above would be a good lead in to heading to bed. Don’t watch T.V. or play with your phone before bed. This will decrease your ability to fall asleep quickly. Put the world away!
Ideally, you know yourself better than anyone else. You know what your “happy place” is and what you can do to get there. Try some or all of these strategies but understand the importance of living your life outside of the office. You work hard all day and deserve a little me time when you get home.