How To Unwind When Working From Home
Due to current events, we are all discovering a new way of working – working from home. The days where we were all cooped up in the office from 9 till 5 are long gone, and we are now discovering the benefits of working from home. Your home is now being opened to the hustle and bustle of work – the forever-piling tasks, the constant calls, Zoom-meetings galore… but don’t forget to stop, disconnect, and unwind.
The danger with working from home is that is constantly consumes your personal life. Respect your timetable, and take some time out for yourself – you do deserve it! There’s so much you can do to grow as a person outside of work – taking care of yourself and keeping busy with hobbies and spending time with your friends and family are just some of the ways of doing so.
1. Switch Off… Literally
Finish off the task you are doing and log out of your work email, switch off your work phone, and don’t be tempted to sneak back on. Literally switching off is the first step to unwinding, it will help you focus on yourself, and you won’t feel so dragged down and exhausted for the rest of the evening.
If you live with someone, a partner, a friend, or a roommate, get them involved! Make sure they whisk you away from your work space on time and keep an eye on you to ensure you don’t go above and beyond your hours. Everyone needs a little me time!
2. Get Active
After a long day of working, the last thing you may want to do is knuckle down and hit the gym, or go for a run, but being active can really help you manage your stress levels. According to the American Psychological Association, 62% of adults being active have said that it is an effective technique to fight against stress. Whatever your sport – weight-lifting, yoga, football – sport allows you to release endorphins and boosts your mood. Even after an anxiety-inducing day, or a particularly bad day, hitting the gym or enjoying the outdoors will help you switch off and feel better.
If you’re not the sporty type, even just getting some fresh air and going out for a walk will help you chill out. Whether it’s a walk around your neighborhood or discovering the scenery, a walk at the end of the day is the perfect way to wrap things up. According to American Psychological Association, Millennials are more likely to feel less stressed after exercise (36%), so get out there and keep active!
3. Pamper Yourself
Another important thing to do to unwind is pamper yourself – have a long soak in the bath, put a face mask on, or try out a new hairstyle. Why not take time out to get creative with your locks and try box braids for a unique take on your personal style, or learn how to revamp your choppy bob? Through this, you can update your look and develop your style identity.
Use this time to revamp your wardrobe and beauty cabinets – clear out and sell any old items, or give them to charity for amazing causes. You will feel lighter and less stressed as there will be less mess when you open your wardrobe in the morning.
4. Create A Schedule
Not just for your time working, but your time off. Create a daily schedule that indicates your working hours, and what you plan to do before and after, as well as during your breaks. Planning what you are going to get up to during your time off will allow you to look forward to your activities and will help you switch off when the time is right.
5. Contact Your Loved Ones
To unwind, contact your loved ones – whether it’s a family Facetime, or a witty group chat with your friends, this will allow you to switch off and float back into your own little social bubble. Relax, sit on the sofa, grab a glass of wine, and get gossiping with your nearest and dearest, it will be therapeutic after a very long day!
Add these calls to your schedule and you can look forward to precious times with your loved ones. This will certainly help you switch off at the end of a busy day!
6. Create A Playlist
After work, create a playlist to do your activities to. Whether it’s to cook a delicious dish to or for your early morning meditation sessions, there is something so fun and intriguing when creating a playlist. You discover your old favorites, and your new favorite tracks. Have fun with it – you can discover new artists, and add your friends’ recommendations too. Share your playlist with your loved ones and help them discover some amazing songs. Whatever genre you enjoy, your playlist will help you feel good and feel motivated!
7. Watch A Film Or Series
After work is the perfect time to unwind and watch that series (or film) that has been on your “to watch” list for over a year. Yes, we have all said to our friends “Oh I must watch that” and then never get round to it – so what’s your excuse now? Use this must-see series as the ideal excuse to switch off the laptop and get cozy on the couch! Treat yourself to a Netflix night and find a film that makes you smile, makes you think, or is just relaxing to watch. Yes, because we’re all guilty of catching up on some reality TV when we just don’t want to think too much.
8. Learn Something New
Learning can be relaxing and really inspiring – take up a new hobby, swot up on an interesting topic or learn a new language. Unwinding doesn’t necessarily mean switching off intellectually. Perhaps you want to try out a new and challenging recipe? Or maybe you want to finally get round to reading that self development book and aim higher in your personal or professional life? Learning for yourself is such a rewarding experience!
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