Now more than ever it’s harder to shut off your brain from work and other distractions in life. When we all have a device in our pocket that always connects us to work and in constant contact with everything else in our lives, it’s especially important to set boundaries and take care of yourself. Preventing the burnout will keep you fresh and ready to take on work. If you are struggling with doing this, try a couple of these methods to give yourself a break and recharge from your work week.
When you are at work, commit to giving it your all and take care of everything you need to. When you leave work, equally commit to leaving it behind and put your emphasis on you and your life. If you make boundaries for yourself and keep everything separated it will be easier to take care of everything you need to at work within the time limit. This will allow you to make the same commitment to yourself, your family, and your well-being. If you have a specific phone or device for work, put it in a separate room to avoid constantly checking it and being available. When you aren’t on the clock or at the office, leave the stress and work behind.
Unwinding from the Day
Sometimes the hardest part of getting home from work is learning how to leave it all behind and switch to relax and recharge mode. A lot of people find working out right after work a great way to bridge the gap between go-go work mode and at home life. Send a physical message to your brain it’s time to slow down and unwind for the remainder of the day. If you like intense workouts, a nice slow cool down and stress will be a great way to slow everything else down with it.
Take Time for Yourself
Whether you choose to work out after a long day or want a hot shower or bubble bath, do something for yourself. Even if it’s just 20 minutes, your mental well-being will thank you. Sit with a book and read for a little while – whatever it is you love to do, make an effort to do it for yourself. You could also take a 20-minute break in the middle of your workday to meditate or stretch. That time will give you a little boost to the rest of your day. Even a quick walk around the block during your lunch break will have big improvements.
Multitasking is great at work, and it’s equally awesome in your personal life. Take care of a few errands on the way into work or on the way home, that way they won’t pile up on your days off so you can really lean into relaxing on your time away from the office. Learning how to strike a good balance between work, play, and responsibility is key.
Making the time for yourself is hard but doing so will open more potential for you and your life. Try implementing some of these to get the most out of your workday and days off.