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Ideas to Detach Yourself from Work

Most of the stress we experience about being constantly congested with the pile of things to think about concerning our jobs is self-imposed. In this era where communication devices are at our fingertips and the expectation of 24/7 accessibility, it’s harder to detach ourselves from the sounding noise of work-related calls and messages. In fact, a 2016 “Working in Asia” survey by Roffey Park has found people from Hong Kong, China and Singapore spend more hours at work; 43% from Hong Kong, 45% from China and 52% of workforce coming from Singapore (highest one) says the level of their stress has gone up in the past in six months.

Here are ideas on how to disengage from work day after day:

Switch into a transition method

A long day at work along with the stressful effects it has placed upon you is such a terrible feeling to end your day. Before being able to fully enjoy your downtime, it’s crucial to know how to start establishing a mindset that will transition you from work to relaxation state. Putting your phone on silent mode or away for a while is a choice that’s entirely up to you. There is no harm if you choose to look away from work emails or messages for 30 minutes or so.

As you make your way home through subway, car, bus or even walking, tune into a type of music you would like to listen to or a funny podcast that would lift your mood. If you consider a store or park as a happy place, then drop by to that before heading home and savor the feeling it gives you. The act physically disconnecting yourself and having some uninterrupted time to unwind can transform you to a different person—you become calmer, attentive and less occupied.

Follow a ritual

Observing a ritual would mean something you can look forward to everyday after work that allows you to divert your mind from work. Rituals can mean a bubble bath, listening to jazz, watching TV or movie marathon at home; if it helps you calm down and decompress, it counts! It would help to plan on what you’re supposed to do when you reach home to avoid frustration, and keep your gadgets on the other room while you chill.

Socialize with your other circles

pending time with people socializing and having fun is a great way to shift your focus from work to downtime mood. It would sound better to hang out with the ones who are not in your corporate circle as conversations involving work cannot be avoided thus, might defeat your goal. Choosing to be in a different crowd would enable you to get some breath of fresh air and social outlet. Shake it off with friends and enjoy yourself—sometimes, it can feel like a rebellious act but it isn’t, it’s called free will.