Happiness is: Switching Off

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.


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11 responses to “Happiness is: Switching Off

  1. very good advice. this is why although i don’t work outside the home, i treasure the couple of hours i have in the morning before he gets up

  2. doug

    This is so true. I know many people that just do not “leave”work. Good advice…however, it ain’t me babe! When I leave work I barely remember the name of the company. It’s MY life.



  3. Good advice again 🙂

  4. As the Buddha summarized all his teachings: ……..Commit not a single unwholesome action. Cultivate a wealth of virtue. And …………….

    tame this mind of ours.

  5. I work a lot. I am 13 hours/day outside home having two jobs, but that is a choice. I do because I need to so that i can raise my children but I also do because i don’t want to be home

  6. Pingback: Happiness is: Switching Off « istopforsuffering | Life And Happiness

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