3 Things You Should Do When You Get Home From Work
Updated: Sep 24, 2019
You work long hard hours most days so it's a good idea to get in a rhythm once you get home to reset yourself in order to recharge. You may not think it's important but your evening or last shift is largely impacted by what you do when you get home. It's imperative to get in the habit of decompressing after the day in SOME way. There are many things you can do I suppose, but what might be some initial things you should do when you get home from work?
#1 When you get home, do not pass go, do not collect $200 unless it's in cash and in front of you. haha "i kid". Go directly to your room or where your clothes are and CHANGE THEM! It's even better if you can shower your day off of you and be fresh, start fresh but either way AT LEAST change your clothes. Make time for this. Your work day is over. Changing clothes will remind you AND the universe of this. If you have a family at home, I know that may be difficult but if you've been gone for hours at work, barring an emergency ask them for 10 minutes so you can change clothes and get a fresh start on the rest of your way.
#2 Go for a brief walk. The great part about taking a walk is if you have family or a pet, they can take the walk with you unless it's one of those you need to reflect alone walks. A walk, post drive home or public transit activity has a positive impact because it's on your terms. It's YOUR time. You may find listening to music on your walk beneficial or just silence as you observe nature or just life and general passing by. Slow deep breaths are important to take during this walk as well. It is all helpful for your mind. For some of you "this walk" may be sitting on the couch, lighting your favorite candle, reading a few pages from your favorite book or A Book of your choosing. (with or without a glass of wine for ADULTS ONLY) NOTE: Reading is THE best exercise for your brain. So many go to the gym to work their body, but forget to give their brain a workout. Reading is the best way to workout your brain and stay sharp so you can kill a few birds with one stone.
3. Note Goals. Yea Yea, I know. This may seem elementary but it really isn't because everyone doesn't do this. You might invest in a dry erase board, posted notes or sticky notes for the house. If you have them, let's continue to use them in a way that empowers you and isn't just about your to do lists. This is about what you've done. After a long day of folks asking you, tasking you out, driving you crazy or stressing you, you have the opportunity to list what you've accomplished for the day. This is important no matter how big or small the accomplished goals were. You may find yourself creating goals in the morning as a result. I often achieve goals I didn't set out to do which has pushed me to be more intentional. A win is a win and once you become more knowledgeable and aware of what you HAVE accomplished, you'll want to win more however you slice it!
*** BONUS ***
Research events or activities you might enjoy doing. Take dance, singing, instrument lessons or WHATEVER kind of lessons to stretch yourself or give you something to look forward to. Also, as you plan events make sure that you PARTICIPATE when time allows. You may sit back, relax and enjoy the success of its execution but every once in a while if the spirit hits you, get up and ENJOY YOURSELF. You may be tired but the enjoyment is good for you in spite of your exhaustion. I hope that makes sense.
These are a few things you can do to improve your mindset and quality of life once you get home and beyond. A healthy mindset is important emotional, physical and spiritual well-being and taking care of yourself once you get home helps get all of the above in line. I truly hope things few suggestions were beneficial!
Let me know what you think!
Stan Pearson II, MBA
Award Winning Speaker & Motivational Comedian
5 Time Author
Former Student Affairs Pro
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Husband & New Dad to Baby III