So you're home from work & all you really want to do is put on your baggiest jumper, smear off what little make-up you have left on your face with a baby wipe & crawl into bed. However, there are far more interesting ways of winding down & switching off after a long hard day at work, all of which means you can actually have a life outside of your 9-5!
The last thing I want to do be doing when I get home is fretting about everything I have left to do the following day. Just before I finish up for the day I make a note of what I've accomplished today & what still needs to be done tomorrow. I can then prioritise my workload for the next day without having to worry about it when I get home.
Tie Up Loose Ends
Often we don't have enough hours in the day. If however, there is something that can easily be resolved in a matter of minutes such as sending an email or having a quick conversation with a colleague, it's always best to wrap it up before you finish for the day.
People say you should avoid fatty foods, caffeine & alcohol before bed in fear of a disruptive sleep & honestly they aren't wrong. Opt for something healthy & yummy to avoid feeling bloated & groggy.
It doesn't have to be strenuous, it could be as simple as taking a brisk walk or a quick HIIT session in your living room to wind down.
Turning off your phone completely may be a step too far for some but don't be afraid to put it on charge face down & forget about it. You can survive without Twitter for a couple of hours, I believe in you!
Light A Few Candles
Candles are a big obsession of mine! Turn off the main lights & light a few candles to really chill & get yourself in the mood to relax.
Reading is one of the best ways to wind down in my opinion. Allowing your mind to wander into a world different to your own for an hour or two is pure bliss.
Working all day requires patience, focus & determination, all of which can be extremely exhausting. This is your time to do nothing even remotely productive & not feel even the tiniest bit guilty.
End The Day Positively
Before you nod off to sleep have a think about something that made you happy in the day, it could be something so simple but if you made it smile then it's worth thinking about.
This means sleeping in your bed with lights turned off, not falling asleep on the couch with Neflix on in the background, it's tempting but naughty. A bad night's sleep can really stop you from reaching your full potential the next day.
What are some of your go to rituals for the end of a busy workday?