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When do you actually switch off from work?

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It is said that the average person working in Britain finally switches off from work at 7.59pm.  Is that true in your household?

Making phone calls, checking emails and stressing about the next day’s to-do list leaves millions of us unable to relax for a good hour and a half after we get home.

With the current economic climate, everyone is feeling the pressure to put in the extra effort at the office. It’s natural to want to keep on top of work problems and therefore getting stressed out so its not surprising that so many people are taking the stresses from the office home with them.

Work related stress can seriously affect your private life and make things at home difficult. Office problems can cause you to argue with your partner at home and put stress on your work life balance at times.  It is important to concentrate on things that relax you in order to leave work related stress where it belongs – in the office.

And how many of us end up doing work on days off or when we’re supposed to be on holiday?  Do you feel guilty leaving family life behind and neglecting your partner and children?

So what do you do to relax and unwind?

Some of the Real Women Today team enjoy going for a run or taking their dogs out.  Others like to take a long shower or relaxing bath and then have a glass of wine in front of the TV. Apparently seeing friends, cooking, sleeping and having sex are also on their lists!

Sometimes looking at problems with a fresh view can help so by forgetting about work when you get home you could be helping yourself to solve your problems. Household chores, like washing and cleaning the bathroom can add to your stress and many people admit that they are less likely to exercise or hit the gym if their work day has been difficult.

Balancing work and your home life is a common problem for us all – how do you find the time to fit it all in?


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  1. Jo Bennett says:

    Do you know what, I dont think I actually do switch off 100%! I think it helps having kids, where sometimes you have no option, but my work is all-consuming, so I find it extremely difficult to switch off. My release in order to sleep at night is to read, which does help me to sleep.

    Please tell me, I am not alone…

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