Working from home? Keep stress away at the end of the day

by | Feb 9, 2021 | On Point

After a busy day it can be a struggle to leave work behind. Too often we take out our job-related stress on others with micro-aggressions or impatience. Here are some ways to make sure that work troubles stay at work.

  • “Depressurise” with an end of work habit. Connect with someone and share what’s on your mind, or find a way to break the day (eg with exercise). Or both.
  • Be a friend. At the end of the day check in with people you care about and not just the obvious circle of family and friends, perhaps go further afield (old friends, distant relatives).
  • Enjoy an absorbing activity. Crucially this has to demand your attention and stop your mind from wandering.
  • Have an end-of-work habit. Signal to your brain that it’s time to shift gears with a ritual that helps you unwind.
  • Exercise recurs consistently in the research, and it is not an option. Stretch your muscles, elevate your heart rate and do 30 minutes every day.
  • Create a third space. Find somewhere to go physically and emotionally that is neither work nor home. It could simply mean an online lecture or losing yourself in a good book.

Crucially, take control and find out what works best for you.

Kourdi Associates​ ​work with current and potential leaders to develop their mindset, skills and effectiveness. Jeremy Kourdi is formerly Senior Vice President with The Economist, he has worked with London Business School and Duke Corporate Education as well as market-leading businesses worldwide, and he is the author of 27 books translated into 17 languages, including​ ​The Truth About Talent​ ​and​ ​Coaching Essentials​. ​His business​ ​Kourdi Associates​ ​provides coaches, expert content and consultants that help leaders successfully navigate a changing world.

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