The Importance Of Switching Off For The Weekend
“When you bring work-related stress home with you, you’re keeping that physiological response activated. If that continues – well, it’s not going to be good for you,” says Jennifer Ragsdale, a psychologist at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
I am sure most of us have been guilty of carrying stress from work to home, which isn’t only toxic for you, it is a train wreck for everyone in your inner circle. It brings terrible energy to your home and does not make for a happy environment.
Think back to a time this happened to you, where you didn’t switch off after work, especially on a Friday and you spent the whole weekend with your body in one place (home), but your mind is in another (work). Then you return to work feeling flat, unmotivated, zapped of energy and tired. The worst part is when the high-powered hotshot bounces in, looking fresh and fabulous, and all you want to do is throw your coffee in their face.
Many clients I have worked with have said the guilt they carry is adding to their stress. When at home, all they think about is work, and when at work they are feeling guilty about these thoughts, knowing they should have been more present with their partners and families.
So what to do?
I spoke to Steve from the Men's Health Group "Man Anchor" about how to switch off for the weekend.
Here is what Steve said.
Taking out the trash a great way to kick start your weekend so you can switch off and enjoy life with your family and friends.
The best way to start is to clear your mind of the stresses from work during the week.
Here are a few tips for you.
Set up for the week ahead. Take time at the end of the week to write your future self a note about what you achieved, where you left off and what tasks you need to get started on next week so you can leave everything behind at the office.
This method prevents you from obsessing over which tasks you need to tackle next week, so you can relax over the weekend, knowing you will be okay to do the tasks next week.
It’s also important to let all your stress go on your way home and begin to unwind and relax. Do whatever works for you. Crank up your favourite song and sing away like no one is listening, or drive home in silence. Take your time and relax. Better to arrive home 10 minutes later happy than feeling angry with road rage.
Keeping the balance in all areas of your life is an essential part of having GOOD mental health.
Man Anchor now has an ambassador program, which is about kick-starting these conversations within our little circles and ensuring our loved ones know they are not alone and we are there to listen and support. “A simple conversation could potentially save a life.”
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.