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After work activities: how to be able to do things after a full working day
Even the brightest employee could suffer a burn out when he or she is continuously engaged with work without taking sufficient breaks. An important skill to survive in a modern workplace is the ability to destress daily. This prevents the stress from building up and taking a toll on mental well-being.
Unfortunately, de-stressing after work is becoming a lost art, especially in remote teams who work from home. When you’re not leaving an office physically, it may be difficult to disengage from the work mindset. The sight of your workstation will be a constant reminder of a list of pending tasks.
How Remote Workers Can De-Stress With After Work Activities
There are dozens of fun and relaxing activities that you can embark after work. But if you’re stuck with the working mindset, you wouldn’t be able to relax and de-stress throughout the activities. Here are some tips to free your mind from work.
1. Be Super-Productive At Work
Working remotely at home requires a high level of self-discipline. Not only you’re working without supervision, but the comfort of home can also be distracting.
A 5 minutes break on the couch could increase to 50 minutes and rob you of precious time at work. You’ll want to ensure that you’re not procrastinating when you’re supposed to be coding a new software.
If you have made plans ahead, you’ll want to turn productivity up a notch and ensure you’re not pushing work to last minute. The frustration of not finishing work on time could spoil the fun of after work activities.
You can read some more tips on how to stay productive while working remotely in our previous article, here.
2. Set A Cut Off Time
In a remote working environment, team members often work in a flexible schedule. While this may be advantageous, the flexibility can be detrimental to workaholics. As you don’t need to leave the office physically, you could be engrossed in your work and didn’t realize how the time passes by.
It’s crucial to have a work-life balance, and you’ll need a degree of self-discipline for that. Set an alarm to remind yourself that it’s after work and leave your workstation for the rest of the day.
Be strict to yourself when the alarm signals it’s time to clock out of work. Wrap up everything as soon as you can and call it a day. It’ll be better if you have a personal workroom where your workstation is out of sight after working hours.
3. Take A Stroll
Don’t expect that you would be right into partying mood after shutting down your workstation. Allow ample time for your mind to relax. It helps when you take a stroll down the park and relax your senses with the natural surroundings.
A simple walk in the park or just wandering around at home slows your mind down. It also helps if you make time to observe the details of surrounding objects.
Activities like counting the petals of a flower, noticing the number of dogs you encountered and listening to the sound of chirping birds free you from the worries of work.
4. Say ‘No’
Sometimes you only have yourself to blame for missing out the fun after work by agreeing to every menial task that comes along the way. You’ll need to learn how to say ‘no’ in a firm but respectful way to your superiors or colleagues.
At Netcore, we’re used to our team members turning down last-minute tasks if they have activities planned. We value productivity, and we believe it comes from individuals who got enough rest and rejuvenates after a stressful day.
5. Take A Power Nap
You’ve heard how power naps can rejuvenate energy to get more things done. What you may be unaware of is that power nap is also a great way to ensure you’re fully energized for after work activities. You wouldn’t want to yawn all the way in a dinner or sleep through an entire movie.
The trick to power nap is to time it right. You’ll want to nap no more than 20 minutes. 20 minutes is the ideal duration to wake up fully rejuvenated. Long naps that goes beyond an hour may backfire and causes you to feel groggy throughout the day.
Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn practices meditation daily. He recommends his employee to meditate with the popular meditation app Headspace. If you haven’t meditated, you should start as this ancient Eastern practice offers a number of health benefits that are proven by science.
For instance, you’ll be able to manage stress more effectively by being unaffected by worries and negative thoughts. While morning meditation is great, meditating after clocking out from work calm the mind considerably. If you need further convincing, meditation also increases focus, which will be handy at work.
7. Set Up A Comfort Haven At Home
If you could invest in a fancy work studio at home, surely nothing is stopping you in allocating a decent place to relax and de-stress. It doesn’t have to be an expensive king size bed, although that helps for a nap.
Getting comfortable can be in the form of a pleasant ambiance. Setting up an aromatherapy diffuser and filling the air with the calming scent of lavender is a decent example. You could also turn on light music to ease stress away.
Leaving your workstation after work is a great start, but you should be aware of other distractions. It’s tempting to check up email notifications, and it’s hard to reject a colleague’s phone call. These intrusions could spoil what would be relaxing after work outing.
Choose to silence your mobile phone or turn it off completely. That gives you a free mind to socialize and have fun without being dragged back to work unwillingly. Not only that, the constant beeping of notifications is also known to increase stress level and anxiety.
Work-life balance is not a myth. It’s about not having our work rule over life and ruining it. If you’ve been missing out on gatherings, dinners, movies, dates, or sports, it’s about time to catch up. You’ll want to enjoy after work activities without the worry of work, and there’s no reason you can’t if you put the above tips into practice.
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