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How to leave work at the door

Posted: 14/08/2014


Had a rough day at the office? When we feel this way it’s inevitable that we will go home and complain about what’s going on at work. We need to change this habit otherwise we’ll bring everyone else around us down, having a negative effect on the whole household. Here are some tips to help you leave work at the door.

  • Remember when we were at school and parents asked what we learnt at school that day? It is a positive question- so when you walk in talk about the best thing that happened in your day, regardless how small it was. This will have the effect of starting the evening off on a positive note.
  • Use the commute to switch off and put your favourite music on. Singing along can even help you to refocus – however if you’re on a train or bus this may not endear you to your fellow passengers…
  • Avoid taking work home with you, if you remember that you have to do something for the following day then send yourself a reminder email and put it out of your mind.
  • Act like a tourist on your way home – it sounds strange but we are constantly thinking and don’t take the time to enjoy our surroundings. Instead of concentrating on what happened in our work day, appreciate the scenery and look at things you perhaps haven’t noticed before.
  • Change your clothes as soon as you get home. This is a physical reminder that you’ve been at work and can help your mind to shut off. This also helps children when they come back from school; changing out of their uniform can shift their mindset too.
  • Take some time out for you to chill out; sitting and talking can go a long way to reconnect with the household.

There’s no need to make too many changes, otherwise you may face a brick wall to alter everything at once. Everyone has times where they are unable to switch off from work, but try taking one simple step at a time and enjoy your home without letting work come through the door with you.

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