I love working from home, but I can find it difficult to switch off at the end of the working day.
Sometimes it feels as though the days merge into one very long week because there’s no clear gap between work life and home life; no need to run for the bus or train to make it home; no mass exodus to the pub on a Friday.
Here are 3 ways to mark the end of the day when working from home and help you switch off...
1. Get changed
Even though we’ve all been living in loungewear for the past year, changing your clothes after work can really help you switch off and relax. Even if it’s just changing from your ‘work pyjamas’ to your ‘couch pyjamas’, or taking your bra off, it can really help you leave work behind. I find that cleansing my face (as if I’d been wearing make-up) is also a great way to unwind.
2. Use your commuting time
It can be all too easy to work a bit later because you don’t have to commute. But clocking off at your usual time and having some ‘me time’ before starting dinner or entering the chaos of the kids’ bedtime routine is a great way to switch off for a bit. Once upon a time it was the norm to spend 45 minutes reading your book on the train or bus home. So why not carry on the tradition from the comfort of your sofa?
3. Get outside
When you don’t have to leave the house to go to work, you can sometimes spend your whole week indoors with no need to go outside. So, when you log off at the end of the day, go for a walk or a run to get some exercise and unwind. Or if you’re not feeling energetic, take a cup of tea or a glass of wine out into the garden and relax for a bit.
I know it can be easier said than done to switch off, but I’ve found it can really help me and I’m actually more productive when I start work again the following day.