Career Crazy? Here’s How To Unwind After 5
It’s great, you have a passion for your job, and so you give it your all. Every. Last. Bit. Of you. You eat and sleep your job, and this reoccurs continuously, which is all okay until it’s not okay. And before you know it you’re sat with your head between your knees on the brink of tears wondering where all of your time, fun and life has gone. Probing questions like, why haven’t you seen your friends in ages? Why do you never leave the office when it’s light outside? And where have the last few summers gone?
It’s okay, it’s not the end of the world, and you are certainly not the first person to feel this way. It’s just it’s vital for you to shut off when you have the time to unwind. And actually, you’ll be happy to know it has more advantages for you to do so. For instance, it improves creativity, productiveness, and enthusiasm. So here’s to keeping your career craziness at bay, powering down and switching off!
Break The Mold
You’re caught up in a routine where you leave the physical workplace but bring the baggage with you. And so, on your heart and head, your work worries lay, and off you go back home with your luggage of stress and anxiety. Sadly, your passion and worries concerning your job have built enough momentum in your mind to spill over past 5 o’clock. Give it enough time, and it will gradually begin suffocating your life outside of work.
Here’s the reality check; you are paid to work for a set amount of hours and to work productively within that time. You are not, however, paid to take your work baggage home with you and carry it with you wherever you go. It will take some time to adjust to this new frame of mind, but when you next finish work, and you leave the building, leave your work worries at the door.
Bring In The Distractions
Our mind power is only so strong, and so we can’t rely on it entirely to keep our crazy career thoughts at bay all the time. We also need distractions to tempt and pull is in other directions. This isn’t to protest that only proven healthy distractions promoted by your doctors and health professionals will do and that you should go for a run and eat watermelon – unless that’s something that appeals to you. It’s to encourage you to try anything else to unwind – so long as it’s in moderation and won’t affect your performance the next day.
You could become a serial dater in the evenings, a lover of fine wine and chocolate, knit your dog a jumper for Christmas, or buy weed online just because you can. Bubble baths, girls nights in, girls night out, you get the picture – bring in the distractions thick and fast before your career takes center stage for the evening and clogs your thoughts with paperwork and presentations.
We all need a break from everything we love and time to unwind; careers, lovers, junk food and reality TV shows. Moderation is key if you want to lead a happy, balanced life so keep your career crazy under wraps, break your usual routine and bring in the distractions.