5 Tips For Managing Stress And Switching Off From Work

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Don’t Take Work Stress Home with You
by John Coleman (@johnwcoleman) and Jackie Coleman

Key Takeaway: If you’re not careful, work stress can become home stress. Learning to manage stress — by working with your partner to cope and by keeping some of your professional stress outside the house — can contribute to better relationships and better physical and mental health.

Tips & Tricks:

  1. Confine your work to particular times and locations. Make a rule to work from home only in exceptional circumstances. If you work at home, don’t bring your laptop to bed or use it on your couch. Work in an office or a specific workspace.
  2. Develop good mobile device habits. Keep two separate mobile phones — one for work and one for personal use — and leave the work phone in an out-of-the-way place (or turned off) on nights and weekends. And never check your work email in the hour or two prior to bed.
  3. Establish a good support network. Develop a support network of friends and mentors who can help you manage your professional stress.
  4. Have an end-of-work habit. Sometimes your brain needs a signal to prepare you for time at home, like going to the gym. Think about what helps you unwind, and find space in your schedule for this habit.
  5. Create a third space. A third space is somewhere you can explore your interests, relax and seek fulfilment, outside of home and work. Offering your partner a third space and ask that they do the same for you.