You’ve put in a hard day and deserve some time to rest. However, having a relaxing evening can be tough with a handful of kids to watch, a supper to make or a sink full of dishes to tackle.
Discover five ways that can help you recoup after a day at the workplace, all while being available for your family.
Leave Work at Work
Make it a clean break! It’s vital to leave work where it belongs – in the office, not in the home. This will help your mind relax when you’re back at your place. Try to avoid checking your work email when you get home. Concentrate on your family or friends instead. Once it hits five p.m. you have the whole day to enjoy other things in your life. It will make the day much more interesting!
Sit in Silence
Give yourself time to unwind. This can easily be done by putting the blackberry away on the train home, or avoiding the radio on the drive through rush hour. If you allow yourself time to just absorb your day, you’ll probably have more energy to devote to other people once you arrive at home.
Change Your Clothes When You Get Home
Change your clothes, change your attitude! By putting on a new (cozier) outfit, you can switch gears and feel more relaxed once you step through your front door. And really, who wants to be in pantyhose or a button-up shirt all day?
Have a Hobby
Remember when you had hobbies as a kid? You’ll tend to perform better at your job (and be a better parent or spouse) when you have other interests in your life. Teach yourself to play guitar, take evening classes, learn to play tennis or sharpen your baking skills. Your hobby will be a great way to unwind after work!
Enjoy Happy Hour in the Form of a Family Meal
Happy hour might not be something you could easily attend (or would even want to go to), but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enjoy the company of others after a long day at work. Try getting together with another family for a weekly meal together. You will only have to cook for it once every other week. Plus, it will be as much fun for your kids as it is for you!
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