7 Ways to Unwind After Working From Home
Over the past year, you’ve probably asked yourself ‘how can I relax at home after work?’ on more than one occasion. Many of us have found the adjustment to working from home during the pandemic a bit stressful. One of the biggest challenges has been finding the right space to work from at home without compromising our ability to switch off and unwind in the evening. So, let’s discuss the best ways to relax when working from home.
7 Ways to Unwind After Working From Home
1. Fresh air
Not having to commute to work comes with the benefits of being able to stay in bed for longer, and saving the cost of petrol or public transport. But it also means that people aren’t leaving their houses as often as before.
It’s important to make the time to get fresh air as often as you can whilst working from home. No matter how short or long, a walk after work can help to break up your day and ease you into an evening of relaxation.
2. Create a peaceful and tranquil bedroom
It’s vital to try to relax whilst working from home, and what better place to create a tranquil space than in your bedroom? Whether you want your bedroom to feel warm and cosy or you want to feel like you’re staying in a hotel each night, you should make your bedroom a designated space for calm. With the right duvet and bedding, you can surround yourself with colours, accessories and lighting that creates a perfectly peaceful space to unwind.
If space permits, try not to work from home in your bedroom, otherwise you may associate your bedroom with a stressful environment. If your bedroom is the only available space to work from, it’s beneficial put your laptop and any other work-related items out of sight in the evenings to help you unwind.
3. Have a healthy nighttime routine
Although it can be tempting to stay up later than usual when working from home, a healthy nighttime routine will help you relax after work and create habits to improve your productivity. For example, that could be getting into bed an hour before going to sleep, having a no technology rule in bed, or making sure you go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.
Commonly, a nighttime routine is disturbed by having an uncomfortable mattress. Finding the right type of mattress that is comfortable and compatible with your sleeping position will make all the difference when it comes to getting enough sleep! For instance, did you know that a firm mattress is best suited to those who sleep on their front or back? Whereas a soft memory foam mattress is best suited to those who sleep on their side or have back problems.
4. Stick to a work schedule
When working away from the office, it’s tempting to reach for your work laptop or mobile to check your emails in the evening. But this isn’t healthy for managing stress whilst working from home!
To ensure you have a good work-life balance, it’s best to set a schedule for when you start and finish work. Not only will this encourage you to be more productive during the day, but it will ensure your work doesn’t impact your relationships at home. Set yourself the challenge of not breaking this schedule and combine it with at least one of our other recommended ways to unwind after work.
5. Think of the bigger picture
One of the key ways to unwind after work is to remind yourself that, for most of us, working from home is temporary. You’ve come this far with adjusting to working away from your colleagues and not having the workplace luxuries we were used to. What you are feeling stressed about now probably won’t matter in a few days, weeks or months.
It can be inherently difficult to switch off, but take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that the current pandemic will end, and we will soon be able to enjoy the little things that we took for granted.
6. A self-care routine
The current pandemic comes with a lot of worries and uncertainties. It’s not always easy to relax when working from home, but it’s still important to dedicate time to you.
Self-care looks different to everyone, whether that’s reading a book, listening to calming music, trying a new skincare routine, or watching your favourite film. There’s no correct way for managing stress while working from home; you just need to find something that you enjoy doing and stick to it.
7. Write out your thoughts
A useful way to manage stress whilst working from home is to write down any thoughts that you know will linger on your mind. The time available for you to relax in the evening is limited, so it’s best to jot down any worries or queries on your mind.
No matter how small or big, whether that’s a note about a task to do at work tomorrow or a reminder to take the bins out, once your thoughts have been written down, try your hardest not to think about them so you can actually unwind after work.
What about Working From Home in Bed?
Although your bed may be the comfiest space in your house, we don’t recommend working from home in bed for several reasons:
• Distinct spaces
Working from home can be incredibly stressful, and it’s important to create distinct and separate spaces for when you need intense concentration vs when you need to relax and unwind. If you get used to working from home in bed, you will eventually resent the space instead of it being your tranquil haven.
• Broken sleep
If you have a routine of working from your bed, this could result in you having a worse sleep cycle. Your mind will start to connect your bed to thoughts regarding work, and in turn, this can easily result in broken sleep.
Working from your bed can be a treat every now and then, but it’s much harder to be productive from your bed than when sat at a table or desk. Due to the poor posture we have when sat up in bed, your body naturally wants to relax and you’re more likely to switch off.
Alternatives to Working From Home in Bed
Our home lives all differ, and that includes the size and availability of space we have to work in. Some people may not have the luxury of space when working from home, or their partners and children may work from the dining table. But thinking outside of the box for alternative working spaces can help!
For example, you can use day to day household items to make a temporary desk. Pulling a chair up to an ironing board can make a great workspace. Yes, this may sound like a unique idea, but an ironing board is adjustable to different heights, is the perfect width for a laptop, and is easily transportable between different rooms.
Or, if you have a tall chest of drawers, simply place your laptop on top of it and you have yourself a standing desk! Standing desks are said to help improve your posture, circulation and overall mood.
And there you have seven ways to unwind and manage stress whilst working from home! We hope that you can put this advice into practice to truly relax at home. To ensure you get a quality nights sleep, why not take a browse of our wide range of available mattresses?