How to stop work-related stress carrying over into your personal life

Work-related stress is something that many of us have to contend with. In some instances, it can be particularly debilitating. This goes especially when we find we can’t leave the stress behind when we leave work, and we find that our enjoyment of our personal lives is impacted as a result.

Clean the house over the weekend

If you come home from work and find that the house is a mess, you might find that you suffer greater levels of stress. Clutter has a proven link with stress. When we feel bad about the state of our homes, we often end up feeling bad about ourselves, too. You might therefore find that the act of getting rid of it is actually quite therapeutic. 

If you have the right storage solutions in your house, then you’ll be able to do this much more effectively. A built-in wardrobe will get the most of the available space, especially in awkward spaces like your loft.

Share the load

Simply talking about your stress can help you to deal with it. This goes especially if you’re in a relationship. Think about the problem as something that affects both of you. When you’re stressed, it’s easy to lash out at those close to you. As such, some measure of understanding from the other party to the relationship will tend to go a long way. 

Limit your work time

One of the marvels of the modern age is that we can work from wherever we are in the world. But this can be a curse as well as a blessing. You might find yourself answering emails even when you’re not supposed to be working. To get away from this trap, it’s worth establishing clear boundaries. Pledge that you aren’t going to look at your phone for work purposes beyond a particular time, and stick with the pledge.

Get the sleep you need

Millions of people in the UK are suffering from chronic sleep deprivation. Many of them don’t even realise it. While you can’t force yourself to get a good night’s sleep, you can give yourself the right opportunity to do so. Make sure that you’re consistent with your sleep pattern, and that you’re avoiding caffeine and extended screen-time long into the evening. You may find that your quality of life increases considerably in many different ways, even outside of work.

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