Do you often find yourself working late into the night or taking on more than you can handle? Do the pressures of work persist even after you have finished working for the day? If so, it’s time to rethink how you approach your work. Taking measures to disconnect from work helps reduce stress and provides much-needed mental rest. Here are some tips for learning how to unplug from work, and make a healthier connection between your career and personal life!
Create Clear Boundaries – Set aside specific times each day when you will not check emails or respond to work tasks
Creating clear boundaries around when you will, and won’t, engage in work tasks is key to disconnecting from work. We all know it can be hard to switch off, so instead of waiting until the weekend or end of the day to do this, take breaks throughout each day in order to reset and recharge. Set aside specific times during the day where you take a step back from checking emails, responding to work messages, or even think about tasks. Train yourself to create a habit of disconnecting – your mental health and wellbeing will thank you for it.
Utilise Technology – Use technology like auto-away messages and leave-of-absence reminders to help with disconnecting from work
If you’re in need of a work disconnect but don’t quite know how to go about it, then technology can be your best friend! Update Zoom chat with a personal note for when you’re on leave, finishing early for the day and so on. If you use Slack, update this too and put an away message on for emails. This not only supports managing expectations, but it also provides alternative options for when you may not be available. For example, I have an internal away email message that provides a breakdown of who to contact and useful links. Embrace technology to disconnect from work and use it as a means to make sure that when you’re away, you have the protection you need to truly switch off and focus on yourself.
Take Breaks Throughout the Day – Even though you may be busy with work, taking regular breaks helps you stay productive and focused
Breaks are not a setback – they’re a crucial part of staying productive and focused! No matter how busy your day may be, taking regular breaks can help ensure you stay on top of the tasks that need to be done. Not only will it give your mind a break from what may be going on, they can act as mini-incentives throughout the workday to help you stay on track or give yourself an energy boost when you start to feel drained. Disconnecting from work every once in a while is essential for keeping yourself organised and motivated!
Invest in Self-Care – Make sure to take time out of your day for hobbies and activities that bring peace, joy, and relaxation
Taking a break from your work can do wonders for your mental and physical health, but making time for self-care is even more important. Investing in activities that bring you joy and peace, such as yoga, painting, reading or listening to music, will help you live a more balanced life. Disconnecting from work doesn’t have to mean disconnecting from productivity; these activities can also be great sources of creative inspiration. Commit to taking the time each day to disconnect from work by investing in yourself, and doing something that brings relaxation.
Prioritise Quality Sleep – Getting adequate sleep is essential for a healthy mind & body and will help refresh your energy levels
Let’s get straight to the point. Sleep is essential to helping to recover and restore ourselves. Quality sleep is a must for anyone looking to break out of the hamster wheel of overworking and feeling drained. Taking time for adequate rest is one key ingredient to resetting your energy levels so you can feel renewed and refreshed. Making sure that you are getting good quality sleep and making it a priority can drastically improve both your mental and physical health. Don’t try to skimp on something as important as quality sleep. It’s essential! Also, maybe try sleeping with Pink Noise…
Find A Support System – Reach out to friends & family members who provide emotional support in tough times
Reaching out to friends and family members can provide invaluable emotional support. In times of distress, don’t be afraid to make those connections. A good support system can provide helpful advice, lift you up when you’re feeling down, and offer perspective when everything at work seems impossible. Plus, having a great group of people in your corner is always a plus! If you’re looking for a way to disconnect from work and de-stress, then reach out and make connections with those who will help your recovery – both emotionally and mentally. This may also include neutral support from a therapist.
Taking the time to disconnect from work has become essential for our wellbeing, especially in times of so much uncertainty. With some proper planning and self-discipline, you can create clear boundaries that help keep work from seeping into your life. Utilising technology can also make this process easier. Taking regular breaks throughout the day is vital for staying productive, as it prevents you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Investing in self-care activities, prioritising adequate sleep, and finding a support system are all important steps for staying mentally & physically healthy.
All of these tips will help set you up for success and make it easier to stay connected with your colleagues while taking care of yourself in the process. Remember: Disconnecting takes effort, but it’s worth it!
How do you recharge, reset and disconnect from work? Share with a comment!
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