Most of us – if not all of us – struggle with maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
One of the particular challenges we face each day is ‘switching off’ once we get home, and detaching ourselves from the stresses of the work day – difficult clients, challenging cases, meetings, paperwork to be done.
Often our heads can still be “at work” even hours after we step through the front door.
This can have an effect on our relationships, and our roles as parents, partners and friends. It also means we are missing out on the precious moments around us.
So here are some strategies for switching off once you get home:
- Create a routine. Many of us have a set routine in the mornings: wake up, coffee, shower, dress, breakfast. Create a similar routine for when you get home. Get changed, put on your favourite comfy shoes. This routine helps you make the mental shift from work to home.
- Unplug. Literally switch off. Turn off your phone (if you can). Resist the urge to check your work emails. Have a clear boundary between “home” and “work”.
- Set achievable goals. Don’t set unrealistic goals for what you can achieve while you are at work. If you need help, ask for it. Delegate where possible.
- Create a to-do list. For home! Of all the fun things you would like to do. It’s important to have things to look forward to outside of work.
- Prioritise relaxation. Make sure you make time when you get home to do what helps you to unwind. Whether that’s exercise, meditation, reading, playing with your dog, or just sitting quietly.
Don’t forget – you work to live, not live to work.
So follow the tips above and switch OFF from work, and ON to life.