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Having the ability to “switch off” after work can help prevent burnout and allow you to be more present in your personal life. Transitioning from work to home life can be challenging to do. This is especially true as remote work is becoming more common. The line between home and office often becomes blurry. You might find yourself thinking about work tasks when you are trying to relax or spend time with friends and family. Consider these tips to help you disconnect at the end of the workday.
Leave work at work. If your job allows it, silence or turn off work- related features such as email or phone calls when you are not at work. Even something as simple as checking a work email after hours can cause your mind to wander back to work and make it more difficult to disconnect.
Develop healthy coping strategies. Choose coping skills that you can regularly utilize at the end of every workday. What can help you mentally transition to vour home life? A few examples include meditation, breathing exercises, or calling a friend or family member at the end of the workday.
Practice mindfulness. Regularly engaging in a mindfulness activity such as meditation or journaling can help ground you in the present moment. A simple mindfulness exercise might involve closing your eyes for a few minutes and focusing on your breath as you inhale and exhale. Mindfulness also fosters acceptance and non-judgment. This can be helpful when you inevitably find yourself having thoughts
about work from time to time.
Redefine your workspace. If you work remotely, develop a space in your home that is designed specifically for work and nothing else. Likewise, try not to work in spaces that are designed for other purposes. For example, avoid working in your bed, at your kitchen table, or in your living room where you relax.
Switching off after the workday can be tough. Consistently practicing some of these suggestions might make it a little easier. Try to remember that you aren’t alone, and you can always reach out for help. If you find yourself struggling with stress or other mental health concerns, talk with a healthcare provider about treatment options that are right for you.
Your job requires a lot from you. You’re doing all you can to manage the heavy workload and complete your projects on time while balancing your home life. Days, weeks, even months of endless to-do lists can make you feel overwhelmed and stressed. Breathe. Don’t forget, it’s acceptable to take a break.
Taking intentional breaks from work can improve your physical and mental health. Here are five benefits you get when you plan work breaks better:
Making time to intentionally rest and focus on self- care may improve your physical and mental health. Whether you plan a vacation or plan more intentional breaks, it may increase your work motivation and benefit the relationships around you.
Feeling burned out? Try this 15-minute mindfulness practice. Wake up your mind and body with this 10-minute morning yoga routine. Read this article to learn more about signs of burnout.
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