How to stop thinking about work

Do you find it hard to relax after a long day at work? You are not alone. This video contains 6 tips to help you switch from work zone to personal time.

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Jul 30, 2019

It can be hard to switch off from work issues after a busy day. The mind can churn over the emotional responses and physical reactions experienced. The result is that you don’t fully relax as work issues continue to dominate your thinking.  Over time this cycle of ‘live-relive-repeat’ is exhausting. It can also affect personal relationships as friends and family are left wondering if you are there for them.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take which with practice can help you make the switch from work zone to personal time.  Here are some ideas to try:

  1. Notice and investigate intrusive thoughts rather than fight them. Taking a calm and dispassionate approach empowers you to decide if you want to spend time ruminating or choose to direct your focus elsewhere.
  2. Keep a notebook handy. Make it paper rather than digital as the simple act of writing down what’s going on in your head can feel amazingly liberating.
  3. Think of switching on rather than switching off. Make it a conscious decision and commit to family and personal time. A useful technique is to choose a point in your commute home where you flip the switch from work to own time.
  4. Go for a walk, preferably somewhere green. Find a spot where you can stop and look around you. Notice your surroundings and breath. The physical exercise will refresh you, and the deliberate focus on nature will help you gain perspective.
  5. Choose how you review your day. Take a disciplined approach by allowing 5 minutes to answer the question: ‘what have I learned today?’ Note your answer and then spend another 5 minutes on the question ‘given what I now know, what will I do differently tomorrow?’ Write down your response then bring this self-reflective practice to a close knowing you have an actionable outcome.
  6. Protect personal time by closing devices and keep them out of range. Now enjoy being fully present in the company of friends and family. Rediscover the art of conversation. Be curious and ask questions. Then show engagement and respect by listening to their responses.

Remember that time is your scarcest commodity. There are only two time-zones: work time and personal time. Excessive focus on work issues gets funded by stealing from your own time. Consider the cost and if you don’t like the answer, act today to redress the balance.


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Beverly Landais PCC

Individual & Team Coach ,

Beverly is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Chartered Manager and Chartered Marketeer. She comes to coaching from a senior business background, including board level. Her purpose is simple. She works with people to help them be at their resourceful best. She can help you do the things that promote wellbeing, bring personal as well as professional satisfaction and make you happy.

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