Leaving work at the office has become an increasingly difficult thing to do. With the advent of Smartphones and tablets, now we are able to connect with work whenever and wherever we want. For some this means that the lines between work and home are blurred beyond recognition.
This inability to switch off is putting both our mental and physical health at risk, inviting stress, depression and anxiety. Taking steps to relax and truly switch off after work can help improve your mental well-being for a stress-free work/life balance. Take a look at the following suggestions:
The 24/7 lifestyle we tend to lead can cause havoc for our sleeping patterns. Worrying about work can keep you awake and stress your body and mind further. Sleep is crucial for giving your brain ‘down time’ and will keep you sharp and productive when you are at work. If you are struggling to get to sleep at night, try to establish a strict bedtime routine and follow these steps to better sleep.
Cut down on alcohol
A glass (or three) of wine may seem like an ideal way to wind down after a stressful day – but alcohol actually diminishes our quality of sleep and over time can damage our health. Try to limit drinking to just two evenings a week and relax in other, more healthy ways.
Write a to-do list
After work, it is common to continuously think about what tasks didn’t get done and what needs doing tomorrow. These thoughts can stop us from switching off and often get in the way of sleep. Try writing a to-do list when you get home from work that you can tend to in the morning. This way you won’t worry about forgetting anything and will put your mind at ease.
Include exercise into your daily routine
Exercise is not only incredibly good for you physically, it also helps you take your mind off work. Try to include some form of exercise (such as swimming, yoga or running) as part of your daily routine to help boost energy levels and de-stress.
Seek outside help
If workplace stress is something you struggle with often – you may want to seek outside help. Some people find hypnotherapy helpful as it can be used to relax and re-wire the brain to respond differently to stress. Find out more on our hypnotherapy for stress page.
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