Instead of waiting until the weekends to relax and unwind, here are some strategies for unwinding after a long, tiresome day of work.
Meditation is a great way to practice mindfulness and mindfulness is a pathway you can use to clear out all of the thoughts and distractions that we typically have over the course of a day. Meditation requires a quite space where you can get comfortable and get outside of your thoughts for at least 10 minutes a day. Regular mediation has many benefits like reducing stress and anxiety, but the main benefit related to unwinding is that it will drastically help you to refocus and recharge for the next work day.
You are probably wondering what I mean by detachment. Well, detachment in this case means detaching from everything associated with work while you are not at work. If you aren’t being paid for the added time spent responding to emails, completing work projects, etc., it is not worth the time spent and it can wait until Monday morning. Employers should not have a privilege and access to us outside of work hours unless there is an emergency. In most cases, it can wait until Monday morning.
Whether you are enjoying a bubble bath, hot shower, spa day, or just a movie, self-care is essential to recharging for the next work day. My recommendation would be to take at least an hour per day doing something that you enjoy. I promise you this will drastically help to de-stress from a long work day.
Please make sure to comment how you like to unwind after work. Is it meditation, detachment, self-care, or all of the above?