How many times have you fallen into a coma in front of a TV trying to shake off the stress of the work day? Probably, a lot. Netflix may seem like a cool option to blow the steam off, but it will do you more harm than good in the long run. A healthy after-work routine is a straight road to success, mental stability, career growth, and overall happiness. If you look at the most successful people – they are always on the go, involved in various things. If it’s not work, then it’s yoga, workout, a night out with friends or something just as entertaining. Here are 10 ways to maximize your after-work time.
Look for inspiration and new experiences
Scheduling your after-work time is one thing, but you should also leave some space for adventure, travelling, and exploration. Look for inspiration in the most unexpected places. If you’re a musician, go to an art gallery; if you’re an IT specialist, got to a concert. This will help you relax, unwind, and will definitely inspire you with new ideas.
This one is obvious, but we can’t emphasize it enough – moving is life! Whether you want to be successful, healthy, happy, or all of the above, then you should definitely start running or going to the gym, doing yoga, or taking dance classes. This is especially important if you work in an office!
Learn to say ‘no’
Your after-work time is precious and, frankly speaking, there’s not much of it. Learn to focus on the things and people you truly care about instead of saying ‘yes’ to every friendly request or proposal to go get a drink at the bar. It’s important not to spread yourself thin, especially if apart from work you have a hobby you’re really into or an evolving relationship with a person you really like.
Have 30 minutes all to yourself
Whether you have a busy after-work schedule or just came back home from work and want to do a few chores, take a few minutes to relax with a cup of hot tea or cocoa. Spending some time alone with yourself helps you keep track of things that are happening in your life. It also reduces stress levels and just helps your mind and body relax a little before starting something new. Remember, simply ‘being’ is just as important as ‘doing’!
Spend more time in nature
Nature-deficit disorder is a thing, okay? Your body, mind, and soul require natural light, fresh air, greenery (or snow, depending on the season) just as much as water, food, and good sleep. You might not notice this right now, but when you include walks, runs, hikes, and trips to the mountains into your weekly schedule, you will feel much better and more energized to do your work and live your life.
Create an evening routine
Evening routines are just as important as morning ones. If you don’t get enough sleep or it will be disturbed by your smartphone or Messengers, it will result in the way you feel in the morning. You don’t have to make it complicated – read a nice book, listen to calm music, turn off your phone, kiss your loved one, or go for a short walk in the park. Let it be something you can do every day without feeling pressured to do it.
Unplugging is one of those things you should do at least once a week, but you can do it more often if you feel that you spend too much time on social media and Internet during the day. It’s good to be connected with everything that’s happening in the world, but an overload of information only leads to stress and tiredness. Make it a habit to unplug during your after-work time every once in a while and you’ll feel more calm and focused.
Things like yoga, meditation, and breath techniques are among the most potent methods to reduce stress and anxiety. There are simple breathing exercises you can do during the day and in your after-work time that will improve your focus, induce calmness, and rejuvenate your mind.
Invest in yourself
Your after-work time is also an opportunity to get better at what you like to do most. Have you always wanted to improve your cooking skills? Or maybe you have a knack for dancing but never had free time to go for those tango lessons? You should definitely invest in the classes or courses you are interested in as it’s an essential part of your personal development and will make you better person in general.
Go on a real vacation
Everyone needs a real vacation once in a while, whether you’re a celebrity or a super busy CEO. It just has to happen if you want to function properly! Even if all you can spare is one week of free time, use it wisely and book tickets in advance to a distant exotic place that will let you fully relax. And remember about unplugging!