10 Things You Should Do At The End Of Your Work Day

So you’re home from work and 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 and crawl into bed. However, there are far more interesting ways of winding down and switching off after a long hard day at work, all of which mean you can actually have a life outside of your 9-5!

 

1 Review

The last thing I want to be doing when I get home is to be fretting about everything I have left to do the following day. Just before I leave work I make a mental note of how much I have done and what is left to do, I can then prioritise my workload for the next day without having to worry about it when I get into bed.

 

2 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 go home.

3  Eat well

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Emma Harrel For CGD

 

People say you should avoid fatty foods, caffeine and alcohol before bed in fear of a disruptive nights sleep and honestly they aren’t wrong. Opt for something healthy and yummy to avoid feeling bloated and groggy.

4 Exercise

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Camille Valbusa for CGD

It doesn’t have to be strenuous, it could be as simple as taking a brisk walk from the tube station rather than taking the bus or a quick HIIT session in your living room to wind down.

 

5 Disconnect

Turning off your phone completely may be a step too far, I know I couldn’t do it, but don’t be afraid to put it on charge face it down and forget about it. You can survive without Twitter for a couple of hours, I believe in you!

 

6 Light a candle or two

Candles are my obsession, turn off the main lights and light a few candles to really chill out and get yourself in the mood to relax.

 

7 Read something

Reading is one of the best ways to wind down after a long and stressful day, allowing your mind to wander into a world different to your own for an hour or two is pure bliss.

 

8 Switch off

Working all day requires patience, focus and determination, all of which can be exhausting. This is your time to do nothing even remotely productive and not feel even the tiniest bit guilty.

 9 End the day on a positive note

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 it made you smile then it’s worth thinking about.

10 Sleep well

This means sleeping in your bed with your lights turned off, not falling asleep on the sofa with Netflix on in the background, it’s tempting but still naughty. A bad night’s sleep can really stop you from reaching your full potential the next day.

 



 

  • Dressed With Soul

    I agree and I think it is especially underestimated how important it is to eat well!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  • Camille Beygui

    Awesome post
    Xoxo
    http://fashionbackyard.blogspot.fr

  • Caroline

    I am all for excerxises. :) I always take at least 15 minutes to do a quick cardio or just take a zen moment to stretch.

    Great tips thanks :)

    Caroline
    http://www.wildlines.de

  • Tinkerbell Jayne

    #1 is such a good one and one I need to reinstate to my routine.
    Great tips!

    x tink jayne x
    allabouttink.co.uk

  • Jordan Page

    Switching off can have so many benefits! Not only should you have a “home-mode” in order to best appreciate time to yourself, switching off devices to really be in the moment is healthy for your mind and body.
    http://www.myunitedstatesofbeing.com

  • Camille

    So happy to be able to comment on your blog again – I don’t know why I just couldn’t find the comment section the past few days.
    Anyway, this is a good post, it’s hard sometimes to disconnect from work but it’s actually necessary as we are able to step back the day after, and see what’s wrong or right..!
    I always put my phone away when I’m home, and I noticed I’ve been sleeping way better since I’m doing that ! It’s been a year or two and noooo regret!
    I have to work on my meals and my god I don’t exercise at all … urgh !
    x

  • Gemma Carey

    Love these tips. I wish I had the will power to switch off my phone! I work with social media so I literally work from my phone as well as catch up with my social life! It’s so hard haha!

    http://www.gemmacarey.com/

  • Sophie

    What a relief to learn that I’m not the only one who sleeps on the couch with lights blazing and Netflix asking if I’m still watching . . . I was feeling like such a freak!

  • Beach Hut Cook

    So going to get that To Do List written each night. Liking the sound of that. I need a little focus!

  • dreamofadventures

    I always do #1 at the end of my day so I know what to start working on the moment I get to work the next morning. This also helps friday afternoons when I am working on something but have to finish it monday and may forget over the weekend =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

  • Véronique Brees

    Definitely some good points in there, I’m afraid I’m not that good at prioritizing for the next day, a working point for me.

  • Leda O.

    Even as a university student, rather than someone who works, I find this list to be incredible helpful! Instead of candles (since my flat doesn’t allow them) I’ll usually switch on some fairy lights to relax a bit more. With people so focused on having a good morning, nighttime routines are so often overlooked! Thanks for this post xx

    Leda

    littlegirlbiggerworld.blogspot.com

    • sophie black

      Ooh I love fairy lights, so relaxing! I have my room filled with them x