Everyone has those weeks sometimes. The weeks where it feels like you've done a million and one things, and you still have an entire list of things left! Your desk is a mess, you can't find your pen, and you barely feel like you can find your own head. That's been this week for me. With work being extra busy, it's hard to de-stress after you leave the office (or if you work at home, it's even harder!). I know from experience, though, that not allowing yourself to relax and take your mind off of the busy week is not good for anyone – not you, and not the people around you. Let it out in your own way before you dump your stress onto someone else!
Clear up your work area.
Whether it is closing the thirty tabs you have open in your browser, or putting your multiple papers from various projects into folders and getting organized, it always helps to get your things where they belong. By putting your things in order, it helps get your brain in order, too.
Write it down.
While you may think that a "to-do" list only makes things even more daunting, it really does help for you to see everything you have to do, all in one place. It will help you prioritize – you can decide that you can wait until tomorrow to pick up your dry cleaners, but you really need to get to the grocery store today.
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Get your mind off of work.
If you've been wrapped up in a project all day at work, or if you're a college student studying for a major exam, you need to give yourself some downtime. If you love cooking, take a couple of hours to cook a truly delicious meal with a friend. If you wind down best alone, with a glass of wine and a good book, carve some time out to treat yourself.
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Turn your phone, computer, iPad... off.
I know, this one is the hardest. Having a constant reminder of work through electronics can be kind of exhausting! Sometimes it's nice to cook that dinner without Instagramming it, read the actual book, on paper, or just take a break from those forever-flowing emails.
What do you do to unwind after a long week?