How do you de-stress after a long work day? Or do you?
It seems like working hours keep getting longer and longer these days. Whether you’re still checking your emails on the bus home or worrying about work problems when you should be preparing your evening meal, it feels like the 21st-century office has been relocated to your mind.
But too much work can kill you. Your cardiovascular system, moods, energy levels, and how much you sleep all suffer when you work too much. When you lay awake at night thinking about work, you’re putting your whole system under increased strain.
It’s time to take back your life after hours. It’s time to de-stress. But to do that, you must learn to leave work behind.
How to De-stress After Hours
To help you make the most of your free time and really de-stress, this infographic from CashNetUSA presents a visual guide for how to stop thinking about work after hours. Yes, the advice you’re about to read might take some practice, but it will be worth the effort after you start to feel the benefits in all areas of your life.
As you’ll see, the first step is to try working towards shutting things down by literally shutting everything down. Set up an out-of-office reply for your downtime. Close all the tabs on your internet browser. Shut down your computer. And put your work phone in a drawer if you’re not obliged to carry it. Then reboot your mind by spending the last few minutes of the day going over your accomplishments. Make a list of what you’ve done, and what you need to do tomorrow. And start your leisure time on the journey home by listening to music or reading some fiction.
It’s time to take back your evenings off and de-stress – for the benefit of your family, your boss, and your own peaceful well-being.