No one can deny that it’s healthy to disconnect and recharge for work occasionally. According to the research of YoungAh Park from Kansas State University, people who do unplug from their job during off hours experience lower levels of fatigue and job burnout. Disconnecting to recharge can also help you increase productivity and solve problems more effectively.
Below are a few ways you can disconnect to recharge for work. If we’ve missed your favorite tip, don’t forget to let us know in the comments below!
Get away from screens
The world is more connected today than ever before, largely thanks to the Internet and the connectivity between all of our devices. You can check your email on your phone, complete something for work from your home desktop, and more. One of the most effective ways to disconnect is to get away from screens completely. Designate a day of the week to stay away from screens, or make it a point not to check your email after work hours.
Designating clear boundaries between work and life is getting more and more difficult, but also more important. If you work from home, confine your working hours to a certain portion of the day, and let your friends and family know you’ll be unavailable during that time. Likewise, don’t answer client emails at 1 a.m. or you’ll be sending the message that it’s okay to email you and expect a response outside of work hours.
Wake up early
Waking up early (or sleeping late) is a great way to get a few hours to yourself every day. There’s a special silence in the morning hours, before anyone else is awake and the emails start pouring in. Take a few minutes every morning to do some form of exercise, like yoga, or sit and enjoy a coffee in silence to prepare for the day.
There are plenty of reasons to get outside, from improved eye health to improved sleep. One of the best reasons for getting out and going on a hike, or even just a walk in your local park, is that it helps you relax and just focus on being outside. Explore somewhere new, or take a weekend away. Either way, being out in nature will help you disconnect to recharge, and leave you ready for a new day of work.