This post was written by Leila Lewis of Be Inspired PR. As a business school graduate from Santa Clara University, Leila (Khalil) Lewis’ career began in publishing, where she worked in marketing and editorial roles for business and lifestyle publications. Since transitioning into the wedding business in 2004, Leila has over 10 years of wedding marketing experience under her belt, and is the industry’s go-to for wedding public relations services, brand development and business consulting.
When you get home after a long day of work, many of us feel the need to decompress. After all the hours at the office, you have the physical freedom to do as you please…but many people have a hard time allowing themselves the mental freedom from the hustle of a long day at work. If you are constantly thinking about work, even when you are at home, when do you take a break? If you don’t take time to separate what you are working on during the day from your down time at night, you are sure to get burned out!
Follow these tips to leave your stress at work and help guide your mind away from unfinished projects and work responsibilities to be able to truly refresh yourself, avoid burnout, and prepare for another day.
Make a To-Do List
Before you leave the office for the night, make a list of things that you already know you need to do tomorrow and place it somewhere where you will see it as soon as you walk in the next morning. By writing your to-do list down and leaving it at work you’re relieving your brain of the endless cycle of trying to remember each task on that list. There’s nothing worse than laying down and closing your eyes only to picture a mental list of tasks that could prevent you from a good night’s rest! Physically leaving your list of tasks at work can help your brain leave your stress at work as well.
After a long day of staring at a screen, it’s time to unplug and disconnect. Not only is it good for your eyes, but also great for your brain. If you’re like me, it can be hard to ignore an email, text, or call when your phone is constantly ringing. Avoid the temptation and obligation you feel to immediately read and respond to any messages that are work-related and don’t apply right now. Disconnecting from constant emails and texts will allow you to be fully present wherever you are.
Spend time with family
With such a busy schedule, evenings are sometimes the only chance you get to spend quality time with your family. Take full advantage of that time and be completely present – you will not be able to enjoy yourself if your mind is somewhere else. It can be hard to give ourselves a break, but you deserve it and your family does, too! Even if you are not physically working, thinking about work can be just as exhausting. Family time is the perfect excuse to tune out the day to day noise and tune in to what’s most important.
Do something you love
Use the time you are home to do something that makes you happy. When you have something to look forward to after work, it not only motivates you to be productive, but can be a welcome break from the monotony of a work week. When you come home exhausted, I know how easy it is to lay down on the couch and spend the rest of the night watching TV. And sometimes, that’s exactly what you may need! But you must make sure to find time to do the activities that refresh you. If you love yoga, then make sure you fit in an evening session; if your passion is baking, then start making that recipe you have been dying to try. Doing something you love is the perfect way to unwind.
An average work day is filled with to-do lists, deadlines, overflowing email inboxes and endless phone calls. We sometimes may not realize the tension that is being built up within our bodies and minds as we carry on throughout our day. It’s important, however, to actively recognize the stress in order to let it go at the end of the day and take time for ourselves. Leave your stress at work with these tips, and you’ll arrive refreshed again each morning!