The way we lead our lives today, with work taking preference and our crazy struggle to make it to the top, it has become way more important to be truly professional. And being a complete professional requires you to never allow your professional and personal life mix with each other. The only thing that will accomplish is ruining of both worlds. Here are five strategies that you can employ to at least ensure that you are not bringing all of your office stress to your home.
1. What time is it? Program your mind to switch modes. As soon as that clock hits 5, or any other time you get off work, switch yourself from work mode to fun mode, or relaxation mode, or family mode; anything but work mode. Stop thinking about what you did, and what you will do the next day.
2. Wind it up: An hour before you get off work, start wrapping up things, Make a to do list, a list of pending stuff, a list of what you did right, finish reports, finish modules. Basically put an end to your work day so it does not feel unfinished.
3. Make one day stress day: Okay! So it is in your nature that you have to stress about things. Fine! Make one day, preferably Monday, your stress day; the day you will worry about all the things in the world that are bothering you at work-your boss, an assignment, a presentation, whatever! Just make sure that if you feel like stressing out on other days, you remind yourself that you have a stress day.
4.Say no to work at home: Make home a safe sanctuary, where there can be no work related tensions. Never carry work home. If you have to, work overtime, but almost never from home. This way it would feel unnatural to be working at home; hence all thoughts of work would automatically escape you at home.
5.What good is taking stress? This will help you avoid stress altogether. You are a rational, intelligent, logical person, right? Every time you start stressing out, think about if stress could ever be fruitful. No good comes out of tensing up, and you know it. So why worry? Why not conserve that energy and put it to better use?
These are the tips to avoid bringing work stress home.