How to switch off after work

September 14, 2020

Laura Duff


During 2020, many of us were homebound for months. There were very little jobs that required in-person work. These people were called the ‘key-workers’. The rest of us were sent home with a new work laptop to work on our bedroom, kitchen or living room desks.

This erased the divide between work mentality and home-relaxation reality, a divide that isn’t always very clear to some people anyway. How can you switch off after work if your work is now in your home? Your brain now doesn’t have the distinguishable outside scenarios of the office and your house- they are mishmashed into one. I’m basically saying the same thing over and over, but my general point is this - how can we switch off after work in this new situation? 2020 has only made this so much more difficult.

Each and every job has different responsibilities, for example an on-call doctor has to be on-call. But if you are not one of those people, and you have set work/office hours; my first tip would be to switch your work phone off and don't check your emails. I can guarantee that, whatever it is, it can be read and answered the next morning. People will respect you more if you aren’t at their fingertips 24/7. It will also encourage your brain to have some downtime, and not be constantly fixated on all of the little things that must be done.

Another tip you can use is to stop only discussing work, at home. The reason I emphasise ‘only’ is because of course you must talk about it. You have to relieve the stresses with somebody and complain about your colleagues at some point. But also, you have to let go. Get yourself some other conversation topics, otherwise you really are letting your work take over your life.

Here we have it, the basic tip. Get some exercise. We all know - and cannot deny - that this helps many aspects of life. It really will help you to switch off after work. When you’re sweating during a workout, all you can think of is the pain of the next sit-up, nothing seems worse. It mentally prepares you for the next day at work. Or if we are talking less strenuous exercise, when we are on a lovely stroll, we clear our mind from all of our other problems and become at one with the moment, and at peace with our surroundings. This really does help.

Continue implementing these little things into your life and you’re sure to get a better work-life-relax balance. :)

Laura Duff

The team call me the 'mighty Duff'. I'm 19 years old and study Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout our time together, I'll be writing about topics related to mental health, food and fitness! I'm also a host for the Wedotalk, check them out on YouTube, Spotify or Soundcloud! Down below you'll find my personal links, I make vlogs as a hobby!

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