Over the last few weeks I’ve found that I’m cancelling plans because I’m too busy. I then work at home, go to bed thinking about work, dream about work and then wake up.. thinking about work!

So, I decided I needed to be stricter with myself about making sure that when I got home I did something totally not work related and the result was I found I was sleeping far better.

These are my top 5 tips for relaxing after work, but I’d love to hear yours too!

  1. Exercise
  • Whether it’s a session at the gym, headphones in, listening to music or jumping around at a class or going for a run, pick something you enjoy.
  • Make sure it’s something you enjoy and will look forward to.
  • I found promising to meet a friend at the gym helped as I knew I wouldn’t let them down and it ensured I left work behind me.
  1. Walk the Dog.
  • Even if no one else is pleased to see you at the end of the day, your 4-legged friend will be, and they’ll be doubly delighted if you head out for a walk with them.
  • Getting some fresh air will help relax you and give you something other than work to think about.
  1. Housework / Gardening.
  • It might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but spending a couple of ideas creating order out of chaos can be therapeutic.
  • I know it sounds clichéd, but a tidy house is a tidy mind and having a calm home will help you feel relaxed in other areas of your life.
  1. Have a Bath.
  • Having a long hot bath at the end of the day is one of my favourite ways to relax.
  • I put some music on, read a book and straight away I can feel the stress of the day slip away.
  • Plus, there’s no phone in the bathroom so no one can bother me!
  1. Socialise
  • Arranging to meet friends after a work is a great way of ensuring that you’ll leave work on time and spend your evening doing something fun.

Taking time out for yourself is vital, work is important, but so is living.

If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night stressing about forgetting something at work, then keep a notepad by your bed and jot it down.

I’d love to know your top tips for relaxing after work.

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