How easy do you find it to wind down after a long, hard day at work? After hours of meetings reports, calls, time spent at your desk and plugging away day-to-day, it can feel all-consuming both physically and mentally. It is important to remember that we aren’t robots - we can’t possibly do it all. You should avoid burning out and take the time to rest and refuel for the next day.
Here are 5 tips on how to switch off from work:
1. Turn off your technology
We hear it time and time again, but taking a screen break is a great way to help you unwind. With 5G just around the corner and our phone apps so easy to access instantly, technology has been incredible for streamlining the way we work. But it can also be a hindrance when we need to give our brains a rest. Put your phone to one side, avoid the urge to check your emails, turn off push notifications, turn on ‘do not disturb’ and leave your browse of social feeds to the next day. A mini digital detox can do you wonders.
2. End of work routine
When you have been in back-to-back meetings and the workload is piling up, you can find yourself leaving the office with a rushed feeling. The brain responds to routine, so even clearing your desk and closing down your computer can send a signal that it’s time to switch off from work mode. Another positive step to end your day smoothly is to write out a list for the next day. Check your calendar, organise your priorities and have a well planned to do list, which means you are one step ahead of the game.
3. Get a good night’s sleep
Sleep is one of the pillars of health and is up there with a good diet and exercise. That’s not surprising, given that we spend around a third of our lives asleep. Making sure you get enough of it has been proven to sharpen your brain, improving your concentration, productivity, problem-solving skills and memory. If you manage your 7-8 hours a night, the benefits will not only increase your daytime performance, but your emotional wellbeing too.
4. Give mindfulness a try
“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us,” explains mindful.org. It can be a powerful tool, which not only helps you to switch off after work but during it, at times when you need a break. You don’t have to be a pro, either. With resources such as the Headspace app, beginners can learn all about the meditation process with helpful hints and tips along the way.
5. Find your own relaxation activity
Mindfulness isn’t for everyone and many find alternative ways to relax after a hard day. Hobbies in people’s leisure time can vary from solo exercise, team sports, arts and crafts, photography, reading and more. The benefit of having a hobby is that it allows you to get away mentally, giving you a focus and distraction that brings enjoyment along the way.
What do you do to switch off?