After a hard day’s work, with the prospect of more of the same the following day, it can be easy to let stress take over your non-working life. If you’re in the middle of a big project at work, the mind can tend to wander back into the office and distract you from getting the rest you need.
But winding down is an important process. Our minds and bodies need time to recuperate after a difficult day at work – and if we don’t give ourselves this time, overwork can lead to illness. If you regularly find yourself mentally taking your job home with you, here are some tips to help you put work to the back of your mind for the evening and relax:
Give your body a rest
Sit down and get comfortable. If you’ve had a tough day, try not to do anything physically taxing about the house. While it may be relaxing for some to bust out an hour in the gym after a hard day’s work, doing this on a regular basis will be enough to wear anyone out. Have at least two nights during your working week to just sit down and let your body catch up.
Eat a balanced meal
It can be tempting after a stressful day to just reach for the delivery menu and make a quick phone call to your local takeaway. The thought of a quick microwave meal might be just as alluring. But again, doing this all the time will have a detrimental effect on your health. Don’t let the stress of your job push you into unhealthy eating habits. A good, balanced meal will help you relax and won’t repeat on you when you’re trying to sleep.
Don’t tax your mind
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that reading a difficult book or playing a complex computer game is going to help you de-stress. Supplementing mental exertion at work with more mental exertion at home isn’t giving your mind a chance to rest, and might even lead to eye strain and headaches. Relax, and try to watch or read something which is easy to take in.
Remember that alcohol isn’t always the answer
Post-work drinks with your colleagues aren’t always the best stress remedy. A loud, packed environment may do less to help you unwind and more to make you tense, and your body may be more susceptible to the effects of alcohol if you’re already feeling tired. Plus, talking about work isn’t going to help you relax! If you feel like winding down after work with a drink, keep it sensible. Don’t stay out for too long, and ensure you don’t drink an excessive amount.
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This article is written by Adam who is endevoring to live the healthiest lifestyle. He works for a company called Express Doctor who supply prescription medicine to consumers in the UK.