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WORK LIFE: HOW TO RELAX ON YOUR WAY HOME
01 February 2019
A long day at work takes a toll on your body and mind. It’s important to effectively recuperate so that you can stay fit and healthy. You can actually begin this process even before you reach home. Here are a few simple ways to rejuvenate on your way home:
1. DEBRIEF YOURSELF
For a start, when you leave office, leave your work-related worries behind. As you set off homeward, do a quick run-through of all your tasks and responsibilities, acknowledge them, and then put them aside. Being committed to your work is important, but you also need time away to really give it your all.
2. CHANGE YOUR PERSONA
Try not to think about the next day’s obligations, once you’re out of office. It’s important to let your mind wander about other interests that you have. Start thinking about your plans for the evening. Take up the non-working personality that you have as soon as you are out of office.
3. STRETCH YOURSELF OUT
Sitting at a desk and slouching over a computer screen can cause posture issues. It’s important to perform a few stretches for key body areas that are put under maximum stress when you sit on the ‘computer position’. Shoulder shrugs, stretches of the neck and traps, and stretching your triceps are all simple stretches that can be performed anywhere. These would instantly make your muscles feel relaxed and help rejuvenate you.
4. TAKE A BREATH
As strange as it may sound, most people while focusing intently on their work, forget to breathe effectively. On your way back, take a few minutes to breathe mindfully. A simple breathing technique to use is the 4-7-8 method, which involves sitting up straight and placing your tongue against your upper teeth, then inhaling for four seconds, holding your breath for 7 seconds, and exhaling for 8 seconds. This technique ensures adequate intake of air, and holding your breath allows that air to be fully absorbed in your body.
5. CRANK YOUR FAVOURITE TUNES
Music is what most of us plug into when we want to unwind, and for a good reason. Music is a powerful tool in allowing one to slow down the pace and bring down the stubborn stress levels. It is a perfect way to tune out on your way home from work.
So, the next time while you are stuck in a traffic jam, instead of cribbing about reaching home late, utilize that time to flip the switch on your work personality.
Here’s hoping for a relaxed and rejuvenated you when you reach home.