Leave Your Day At The Doorstep

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to recovering from a long day at work. You may ditch the work clothes when you get home but how you unload your brain and spirit at the end of the day also matters. Pent up stress which follows you from day-to-day and week-to-week can impact your health in both the short and long term. Downtime and 'switching' off from work is crucial to relieving stress.

One way is to create balance in your day - balance is about considering opposites and doing what you haven’t been doing all day can be an effective way to unwind, giving yourself what you need.

Here are some common work days and how to recoup from them.

The Desk Job

You spend most of your day in an office chair using a computer. There’s little time for movement and your sitting posture (good or bad) plays a big role in your day. It’s well known that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to many health issues, so balance desk-time with as much movement as you can.

Find a type of movement that works best for you to get the endorphins flowing.

Try:

  • Walking around the block a few times - listen to a podcast if it helps distract you and keep you moving

  • Find some floor space to do a simple yoga flow or stretch

  • Raise your heart rate with a jog

  • Try your hand at stretches and exercises for postural muscles - visit our WellHub for stretching ideas

  • Listen to music that makes you want to move and dance!

The People Pleaser

Your day consists mostly of face-to-face or phone interactions. You may be in customer service which means the bulk of your day is spent navigating others’ needs and moods. Doing things with a smile is imperative, no matter how you might be feeling.

Even if you’re an extrovert who gets their energy from social interactions, a full-time people job can be draining. It’s easy to feel too tired at the end of your day to cater to your own feelings. Massage out those mental knots and optimise your mental health by:

  • Giving yourself quality, quiet “me” time. It can be as little as fifteen minutes. Put away your smart phone and notice how you feel after your day.

  • Writing emotions or frustrations down to get them out of your head.

  • Practising gratitude. You may have just spent the day feeling frustrated by others so list down 3 things your are grateful for to switch you mindset. 

The Non-stopper

You work to the tune of a cracking whip in a demanding role, which means you’re a live wire by the time you’ve hit your doorstep. The pressure at work is palpable and your brain is go-go-go from the moment you wake up.

The least productive thing in a demanding career is a brain-burnout. Not to mention the well-known health hazards of stress. Stay on top of your stress by implementing easy-to-handle daily strategies:

  • If there’s one thing that you can do to get the most bang for your buck it’s meditate. Just minutes into meditation, your body and brain show positive physical change.

  • Practice deep breathing to prepare for a restful night

  • Show yourself some love: listen to something that makes you laugh, read a bit of a book, play with your pet, massage your hands and feet. The options are endless when it comes to making yourself feel good in quick and easy ways.

When you drag the experiences of the day into your home, it can no longer be a sacred place to recuperate. Create an evening routine—it doesn’t have to take much time—to give your mind the care it deserves and balance out your day. It will set you up for a better tomorrow.