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15th Mar 2017

6 Simple Tips To Help You ‘Switch Off’ After Work


Do you find it difficult to distance yourself mentally from work? If you do, know that you’re not the only one.

Work will invariably cause you stress but it can be managed, you just need to find ways to shift your mood after a hard day’s work.

There are a variety of methods to help you achieve psychological detachment from your job, so we picked six of the simplest ways that you can try tonight.

1. Literally switch off

It’s a lot easier to stop being bothered by work if the bosses aren’t able to contact you.

As soon as you’re out of the office switch that phone off and put your computer away. The effect on your state of mind is phenomenal.

Remember: you’re not on the clock, so it’s not your problem.

Switching Off Computer

2. Keep shop talk at home to a minimum

We all like to unload to our friends and partners about what’s stressing us out at work, and we should, but we shouldn’t overdo it.

Dwelling on the anxieties of your day can bring back the same negative mental state that was making you miserable all day.

Keep your moaning session to a quick debriefing, then swiftly move on to enjoy your evening.

Couple Having Dinner

3. Seek a different emotional state

Feeling angry all day? Then do something that you know makes you happy. Or sad! Or any different emotion.

The idea here is that you get a break from the poisonous state of mind that’s been plaguing you all day.

So a weepy movie might be just what you need.

Crying In Cinema

4. Plan something exciting after work

Make a definitive line in your day between work and play by having something special lined up for your free time.

Maybe it’s meeting a friend you haven’t seen in ages or maybe it’s going to a new restaurant, just do something to take your mind off the the daily grind.

After Work Drinks

5. Write feelings in a journal

I know, I know, it sounds wishy-washy, but it actually helps.

If frustrating thoughts are swirling around your head and driving you crazy, one of the best ways to deal with them is by writing them down on paper. You don’t have to show them to anyone (and it’s probably better that you don’t) but you’ll feel as though a burden has been lifted from your shoulders.

Very cathartic altogether.

Dear Diary

6. Try activities to achieve ‘flow’

You might be unfamiliar with the term ‘flow’, but you’ll probably know it better as ‘the zone’.

This is the state of mind where you’re fully immersed in an activity with in a feeling of energised focus. You become so absorbed in doing something, so in the flow, that you forget about everything else.

There are plenty of ways to experience flow, such as through gaming, music, and playing sports. One of the easiest ways to experience it in the comfort of your own home is through an adult colouring book.

Colouring Book

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