5 Ways To Switch Off After Work

A First Steps NZ Resource by Groov Now

Self-care is vital during times of stress, and you deserve a decent break at the end of the day or your shift. Here are some ideas to help you unwind after a busy day.

Use the time between work and home to transition from ‘work mode’ to ‘relax mode’. Try not to spend your commute worrying about work or making work-related phone calls.

Depending on the length of your commute, you could:

  • Listen to music

  • Listen to a podcast

  • Do some deep breathing exercises

  • Read or listen to a book

  • Visualise how you’re going to relax when you get home

If you have a short commute, consider spending 5-10 minutes in your car or sitting outside before going into your home. Use this time to breathe, listen to something uplifting, or quietly reflect away from distractions.

A woman relaxing on the couch at home with a cup of coffee - looking out the window

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