After a long day at work, people often want to simply go home and relax. That’s understandable if you work in a stressful or busy environment. If you’re a parent, that may not be as likely due to soccer practice, girl scouts or whatever extra activity your children have going on. If you’re a young professional, you might be involved in business organizations, Junior League, nonprofit work etc., and all of those things can keep you busy after work.
No matter what keeps you busy during your time off from work, it’s very important to make sure you find time for yourself. This will help you manage your stress, stay focused at work and give you time to reflect on random things like goals, places you want to visit or what you want to do on the weekend.
At the Jones PR office, we have someone who loves to run, another person has a routine date night with her husband on Thursdays, one who goes to Orange Theory multiple times a week and I enjoy reading when I can. I can definitely say that I haven’t read much lately and I find myself really wanting to pick up my favorite author’s most recent book.
If it’s possible, schedule thirty minutes one day of the week and commit to doing whatever it is you enjoy. Writing it in your calendar will make you more likely to commit to it. Once you’ve done this for a few weeks, try increasing the time frame five or ten minutes or doing something else on the weekend that you also find relaxing or stress-relieving.
I promise you’ll notice a difference in your mood and self after committing to this.