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How do you leave the stresses of your job at work and not bring them home with you?

7 Answers
Last Updated: 04/28/2020 at 11:47pm
1 Tip to Feel Better
United Kingdom
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Lisa De Regt, BSc Psychology (Honours)


Hello, I am Lisa and I work in a person-centred approach mixed with cognitive behavioural therapy. I believe we all have the potential to be the best we can be.

Top Rated Answers
January 25th, 2015 8:12am
I have a 30 minute drive...the perfect amount of time to listen to some great music and decompress...Sometimes I need something mellow, and sometimes it has to be LOUD lol
January 25th, 2015 8:39pm
You have to constantly remember to keep your work life separate from your home life. I know for me, there have been times where I literally have to tell myself that it's time to leave the stress at the door because I know when I go home, I want it to be a completely different world. To be my world where I'm in control, and you can't let the annoying things that happen at work invade that tranquility.
March 14th, 2015 6:46pm
As soon as your shift is over, that's it - end of your shift. You can't take personal things to work, don't take work things to your personal life. You need time for yourself. If you are feeling stressed and worried about deadlines, work out a schedule of things to get done each shift, don't overexert yourself. How long will certain tasks take and arrange large tasks and smaller ones into each shift. Tick them off the list as you go along as even the knowledge that you are getting somewhere will relieve the stress slightly. Always make time for yourself to fully relieve yourself from work. I find listening to music on the way home from work or university enables me to relax and forget the day.
January 4th, 2016 1:15am
Just remember to try not to hurt the people who love you the most. They want to help you, not hinder you, so by bringing home stresses from work, could end up hindering the relationships closes to you.
February 20th, 2018 12:25am
Just remember that most of the time when you’re not at work, there’s nothing work related you can do. You can’t be stressed out about something that you can’t change or do anything about.
May 8th, 2018 6:42pm
I try to leave my work space as neat as possible so it feels like I accomplished one positive thing at work and when I come back the next day, I don't feel anxious and can start fresh. I also do not check work email at home.
April 28th, 2020 11:47pm
It's important to have a sense of purpose outside of work. Volunteer, have a hobby, children etc, all these types of activities will help you derive your sense of worth from more than your job, so that when you go home you have something that truly distracts you and helps you see that you are more than your job and more than what your manager or colleagues or customers think of you. If you are having trouble at work, try and think constructively about what you can do rather than ruminating about it, make a plan and then rest.