Work-related stress is a constant to many employees’ lives. We have to constantly think about our deadlines, our tasks, and our team.
However, as the stress piles up and up, the stress slowly seeps into their private life and affect our personal relationships. Not everyone is exempt from work-related stress, including CEOs and other executive roles.
So, what do you to stop work-related stress from affecting your public life? Here are six tips we recommend to help you leave your stress at home.
#1 Communicate with your loved ones
When you are distracted because of work, your attention is somewhere else. Your family may see your lack of interest to be a sign that you do not care or that they did something wrong to you.
Explain to your family what is going on about your work. Tell them why you may sometimes lose your interest at what they do or fail to give them attention because of work. Your family will understand it if you explain it to them.
#2 Make a transition to get out of your work zone
After you clock out of work, use the travel time to transition out of your work mode and go to your rest mode.
Stop somewhere and have a cup of coffee as you enjoy a fresh brew of coffee or tea and adjust your thoughts.
You can also listen to your favourite music and relax as you wait until you are at home.
When you get home, your focus will be directed to your family and not to the stress you left from work.
#3 Change your Lifestyle
Stress can actually be reduced with the help of a good diet. It helps your body redirect the bad energy from stress and help you deal with it with no problems.
Sometimes, when a person is stressed, they go binge eating and forget about the consequences of the food they eat.
Aside from dieting, do some exercise. It is a way for you to reduce your stress and keep your mind sharp.
#4 Organize your schedule
Many people tend to go stressed when they have no control over their schedule. Make it a point to take the first 10 to 30 minutes of your day to identify which tasks you need to do for the day.
Organize it by the level of its importance and how much time you need to finish them. You should also keep a list of the things you want to do per week and put in some time for breaks and relaxation.
#5 Take a break
If you keep working without stopping for a break, you will cause yourself to burn out.
Breaks can help you stop, take a breather and reorganize your mind. Make sure that your breaks are not too long from one another and make it count.
Even freelancers need a break every now and then. Be mindful that a break means relaxation for your mind, body and soul. Don’t jam-pack your break with touristy stuff that leaves you feeling worse than you ever had been before you took a break.
#6 Appreciate what you have
Finally, a good way to reduce your stress is by always being thankful for what you have.
Look back at the things you did for the day when you travel to your home. Review it and see which thing you did you are most grateful for. It will help you get through the day and push your forward.
I love counting my blessings especially after a tough day at work: I am lucky that I still have a job to go to, I am lucky to be alive and I am lucky that I have a home to travel back to. Simple things like these often taken for granted.
It is difficult to find a balance between work and life; but, you can do simple things to make it work. Look into your schedule and see where you can insert a break.
Maximize your time wisely and do not let stress get to you!
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