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How To Decompress After Work

Emily Totura
By: Emily Totura
Nov 7, 2020 • 6 min read

How To Decompress After Work

We all have those days at work that seem never-ending. Whether it’s sitting at a computer all day, running from meeting to meeting, or trying to help those stubborn customers, we all need some “me time” after work. When you have a busy schedule, it can be hard to carve out time to decompress, but it’s so important! Even if it’s just for 20 minutes, you’ll find yourself more refreshed, calm, and ready to tackle the next day ahead. In this blog, we’ll share with you some of our favorite ways to decompress after work!

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Get outside and get active

Staying inside a stuffy building with no air circulation all day isn’t fun. That’s why getting outside, even for a few minutes, will immediately help your mental and physical health. Not only will getting some fresh air be a nice change of scenery, but it will also give you that mental boost you need. Turn off your email notifications, listen to some music or your favorite podcast, and disconnect from the world. Try not to think about all the things you need to do the next day at work or anything else that brings you anxiety. Be in the moment, and enjoy those refreshing minutes outside.

Every bit counts 

Even if you don’t have time or the energy to go to the gym, you can still move your muscles. Sitting at a desk or standing on your feet all day is physically draining. So, when you get home, do some stretches in your living room or take a walk around your neighborhood—do something that will get you moving. If you lack the motivation to get active daily, start small. You don’t need to do an intense, sweaty workout. Try to make it a routine because if you get into its habit, exercise will become a lot easier with time. Not only will you feel physically better, but you will also feel mentally better. So, keep it moving!

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Talk to your friends and family

Sure, we all have our work friends who make getting through the day easier, but it’s not the same as talking to your close friends and family. Often, when we talk to customers or coworkers, we tend to talk about work-related things, leading to more stress. You need a break! Chatting with them for a few minutes will take your mind off of all that stress you endured during work. It’s also a great time to vent about what’s going on in your stressful day-to-day life. It’s easy to lose yourself in tedious daily tasks, so you need to take the time to talk to the people who make you feel relaxed. You can even call someone while you’re on that walk or sitting outside!

Pamper yourself

Maybe you shouldn’t bake cookies every single day after work (or you can; we don’t judge here!), but it doesn’t mean that you still can’t treat yourself. Save those reports for later on, and watch a movie or read a book. Cook one of your favorite meals, or take a long, hot shower. Even if it’s something small, you deserve it, so go ahead and treat yo self!

Take the time to schedule some fun activities for yourself

It’s easy to fall into a day-to-day rut of only doing work-related things, especially when you have to get up early and come home late. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Sign up for a class that you’ve always wanted to try, plan a trip, or set up a night to hang out with your friends. Having something to look forward to will motivate you to get through those long days at work. Most of us save our fun for the weekend, but what’s stopping you from doing something fun those other 5 days of the week? It can be something simple, like getting ice cream with a friend or shopping at your favorite store. Regardless, you need to incorporate fun mini-adventures throughout the week to decompress after work.

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Leave your work at work

You need to set boundaries. Far too often, when we leave work, it still manages to come home with us. Even if we aren’t necessarily doing work, we still find that our minds are racing about everything we need to do. Yes, there will inevitably be days when your work has to come home with you, but that doesn’t mean it has to become a habit. If those phone calls and emails can wait, then save it for the next day because this is time that you should dedicate to yourself. Try not to let your work-life blend with your personal life. Whether that’s logging out from your email on your computer, or turning off notifications, try not to stress about work when you aren’t there.

Start Small

Work takes a toll on all of us, but it doesn’t need to consume your entire life. Start small, and incorporate daily things that make you feel relaxed. Almost immediately, you will notice that your mood is better, and you will be better prepared and energized for that next busy. When you’re stressed, you won’t produce your best work, and it will eventually catch up with you. So, get outside, make a cup of tea, and do what makes you feel relaxed!

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