Spend some three to five minutes by yourself after you knock off from work. It could be the time just before dinner, your workout, or the necessary family bonding time. Close your eyes and take a deep breath, and exhale the day frustration and anxiety out. This will help you to keep a clear mind and leave the worry of the work behind.
2. Preparation Before You Leave for Home
Make an effort to prepare a checklist before you knock off from work. This could be done a couple of hours in advance. This way, you’ll have a good idea on what more you can achieve on the remainder of the day, and make preparation for the tasks you could continue the next day. That will give you some peace of mind after work.
3. Place a Box at the Doorway
Find a box or a basket and leave it at the entrance of the household. This is the place where you dump your toolbox or briefcase before you make it inside your cozy home. You will not touch it again before the following day, as you leave from office.
4. Write Them down
If you run into trouble in completing the task at hand, and it continues to bother you even after work, then find a piece of paper and scribble it down. Once you have finished writing, tear it apart.
5. Music Therapy
While at home, take your mind off work by indulging in some light and infectious music. It will cheer you up. Do this especially when you are handling the mundane issues at home like doing the laundry or writing the check to the utility company.
6. Create a Timetable for all Household Chores
If you tend to become edgy and agitated with the amount of household work, then remind yourself that you don’t have to complete all that at one go. There is always time to sort everything out. Accept that you can always carry forward the work to the next day or the weekend. When you are able to do sensible planning on the workload, you will find the chores quite a pleasure, and it can actually help you to relax after work.
7. Self Declared ‘Ceremony’
Decide for yourself that there are certain hours when office-related-issues are out of bounds. They are dedicated to just family life. The ceremony could be during dinner time, or right after meal, or any hour that you prefer.
8. Keep The Household Neat
It is easy to feel out of control when you look at an unkempt room, and this will inevitably amplify the sense of pressure you feel during the day time at office. My advice is to spare some time each night to tidy up your apartment, not only you will return your household to a comfortable habitat, but you also regain that sense of control in your life.
9. Enjoy the Drive Home
If your mode of transport to and from office is car, wind down with your favorite CD or audio book. If you are dependent on public transport to get around, then it may be a good idea to always keep a novel handy. Use the time for daily commute to relax yourself.
10. Leave Works at Office
Never make it a habit to bring works home (granted there would be time when this could not be avoided, but try to restrict yourself to no more than 2 consecutive nights).