Do you know that feeling? When you come home from work and you can finally kick off your shoes and lay back on the couch? – But while you are unwinding suddenly your mind starts racing and you just can’t stop stressing about whether company X has already replied to your project proposal… I mean, annoying isn’t it?
However, stressing about work is never a good idea. We all know that once you are home, once that e-mail is sent or that report is delivered, there’s not much you can do. In addition to that, stressing about work ‘after work’ will in the long-term only affect your happiness at work anyway. So if you’re struggling to leave work at work here are ‘4 Simple Ways to Relax After a Long Day at Work.’
Leave work at work
Of course, this is easier said than done, however, a very essential part of learning how to relax after work. Even though it seems like ‘doing some work after work’ will save you more time the next day, it actually doesn’t – In reality, you are only being unproductive.
Switch off your brain
Take time to invest in something you love to do. Clearly, you have been working hard, so there’s nothing wrong with ‘playing hard’ too! Or at least for the evening… Read a good book, go to the gym, watch your favourite series, spend some time on anything that will give you a good laugh and take your mind off work for the rest of the night – Balance is always key.
Take a ‘hot’ shower
A hot shower can really do wonders. Taking a hot shower will help release stress and leave you in the right mindset before heading off to bed. Besides ‘relaxation’ a hot shower also has many other benefits. According to research, hot water loosens your muscles, so if you are looking for a good substitute for a massage, a hot shower is a great alternative.
Sleep, sleep & sleep
Research shows that engaging in fun activities does not only help to decrease stress and repeated negative thoughts it also improves your sleep. Detaching yourself from work can help you sleep better, which in return helps you work better the next day. Make going to bed early on a weekday a habit. It will improve your productivity, mood, and performance at work.