By Suzie Doscher, Professional Executive and Life Coach Zurich
How about going out for a sail, swim, drink, run, meet friends, play with your children, talk to your partner - without your head still being full of work related information?
First of all it helps to remember and accept as an important truth is: Your work is only part of your life.
It is wonderful if you love what you do and have passion for your work, but do not forget that your personal life is at least as important as your work. ... Click 'Read More' below
The goal is not to neglect your work but equally not your family, friends and self. Establish and maintain a routine of self-care - which is what unwinding from work on your way home is and start experiencing life as more satisfying, rewarding, happy, and healthier in mind and body.
Periods of down time are necessary in order to avoid burning out. The less stress all round, the better your performance will be. This is more than true of work.
Some helpful suggestions to consider for de-stressing and leaving work at the office:
Remind yourself that work will still be there in the morning. With a fresh approach, a de-stressed self, a good night’s sleep, a good dinner, a laugh etc. you will be able to tackle all issues with better energy and a better attitude.
Leaving work behind, mentally and physically, is up to you.
In summary: If you want to do this, have found the right motivation then consider your choices and follow through. It will take time and practice until this new behaviour is in place. The rewards will be worth the effort. Your boss will appreciate the stronger you and so will your friends and family. Needless to say you get the most out of this as you are treating yourself with the care and respect you deserve.
Saying 'no' to something makes room for a 'yes' to something else. In this case, 'no' to stress and work at the end of the day - means a 'yes' to yourself and the personal part of your life.
If one approach you decided to try out does not seem to be working too well, try another one!
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