Work-related stress is real and can cause serious health problems. You may be holding an important role in the company or working for a promotion, but you still need to prioritize your overall well-being. To improve your health – physically, emotionally, and mentally – building a nighttime routine would be beneficial.
1. Don’t take home your work
Once you leave your office, leave your work behind. Avoid checking emails or making calls. Catherine, a mindset coach at The Blissful Mind, even suggests turning off notifications to set clear boundaries. You will be surprised to know that a lot of work things bugging you at night can, in fact, wait until the morning after.
2. Sweat it out
Enroll in your community gym and have a personal trainer or join group classes. On days when it seems impossible to do intense workouts, you can do lighter exercises like basic yoga or tai chi. Aside from keeping you in shape, exercise releases endorphins or happiness hormones.
3. Set the mood at home
Make yourself feel excited to get home by creating a relaxing atmosphere. Spoil yourself by investing in a few pieces that will help you be comfortable and relaxed just like good-quality non-slip anti-fatigue mats or some bath and scent essentials. Do home upgrades and make it seem like your own little sanctuary.
4. Have a rundown of your day
Review the highlights of your day. It would be better if you write it down in a journal. You can list down all the things that you are grateful for and at the same time, talk about your frustrations, how you responded to them, and what you must do the next time that you are in the situation.
5. Learn something new
Perhaps you have a hobby that you want to pursue or interests that you want to explore. You can take an hour worth of lessons a week to hone them. Or maybe there are topics and themes that you want to learn more about – read or listen to podcasts.
To ease stress brought about by work, making changes in your work environment would be incredibly helpful. Most of the time, you have no control over what happens in your workplace. What you have control over is what happens outside it.