5 SIMPLE WAYS TO HELP YOU SWITCH OFF FROM WORK WHEN WORKING FROM HOME

Working from Home - How to Switch off when WFH

We are all now used to the working from home routine but striking a balance between work and home is an uphill battle. Do you find it easy to switch off knowing that your laptop is just a couple of steps away? Many of us struggle with setting boundaries between professional and personal, especially now it's under one roof. It is so easy to fall in the trap of ‘just sending that one email’ and before you know it, work has swallowed up your whole evening and you are left feeling unrested and anxious.

So, what can we do to switch off from work when working from home? How can we create more balance? Here are our 5 top easy tips. 

1. Set Some Boundaries 

Tip number one is to create some physical boundaries between your workspace and your home life. An assigned area will help you get into work mode as your brain starts to associate your dedicated office space with work. This will help with your concentration and focus. It also means that your evening can truly begin when you switch off your laptop and leave your desk at the end of the day. 

Where possible, your bedroom should be avoided as a place to work (no matter how tempting duvets days are) as it will prevent you from being able to switch off and will disturb your sleep. 

2. Go For A Walk

Catch up on your daily steps by taking a walk after work. I’s so easy to forget to exercise daily when working from home. So, taking the time to have a walk before dinner will really work up an appetite, and allow you to reach your daily steps target. Put your headphones on, blast some ABBA and get moving! Before you know it, you’ll have reached your 10,000 steps :)

3. Journaling 

Sometimes no matter what you do, you can't switch off. Work stuff is constantly on your mind, leaving you feeling agitated. Try writing it down in a journal - research suggests writing things by hand relieves your stress, focuses your mind and boosts mindfulness. 

Abstract Splatter Notebook

If you are a paper addict, you may want to take on a new hobby such as bullet journaling. It is a great way to organize yourself and gives you an opportunity to take a break from screens and blue lights which keep you awake at night. 

What is bullet journalling? Bullet journaling is essentially a paper organisation technique that allows you to plan in a way that suits you. You can have your to-do lists, schedules and other organisation tasks all in one place and are able to present them in a creative way. By personalising your journal you can really make it your own. 

Our Dotted Notebooks are perfect for bullet journaling. Explore the collection.

4. Unwind with a Bath 

A relaxing bath can be a great way to switch off. Not only does it allow you to unwind, but the quietness and calm also gives you space to reflect. Create the perfect atmosphere by lighting a scented candle and reading your favourite magazine. 

Here are some of our favourite scented candles for relaxing:

Scented Candle Serenity

Serenity Scented Candle - Amber & Vanilla - Soothing & Relaxing

Floral Paradise Scented Candle

Floral Paradise Scented Candle - Rose & Jasmine - Peace & Calm 

Sweet Dreams Scented Candle

Sweet Dreams Scented Candle - Salted Caramel and Vanilla - Indulgent & Sweet

5. Keep it Old School with a ‘Tech free’ Night

Allow yourself to recharge and rest by indulging in a tech free night.Take an evening to catch up on some written work, or try out some mindfulness or meditation. Alternatively, make yourself a tea and find a book you can really sink your teeth into. 

Which of these tips work for you best? Let us know in the comments. 

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