Are you haunted by your job?

Haunted by your jobDo you wake up in terror  in the middle of the night? Can you hear the echoes of nagging voices and endless moaning?  Do your electrical devices start buzzing without warning?

If this sounds frighteningly familiar do not despair – the culprit is more likely to be your stressful job rather than a spook . Don’t call in the paranormal investigators, try these seven tips to switch off from work when you get home.

  1. Unless part of your job is to be ‘on call’ and I’m talking responding to emergencies here – then turn off your workphone, computer and tablet when you get in the door. This your private time – however tempting it is to be available 24/7  the people who will suffer will be you, your family and your friends – your work is unlikely to suffer.
  2. Take off your work clothes and put on real life clothes. Keep smart clothes for work and fun clothes for home. Having a separate wardrobe will help you disconnect from the daily grind and relax. This is why the ‘onesie’ is a winner.
  3. When you close your front door mentally close the door on your work – imagine an invisible barrier circling your house keeping thoughts of work out and away from you.
  4. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants that may interrupt your sleep. Make your bedroom as relaxed as possible – clear that clutter!
  5. Take a warm bath or shower and literally wash the work day down the plug hole. Imagine the tools of your trade washing down the plug hole and then put in the plug to keep them there.
  6. If you hear the sound of your boss berating you over and over keeping you awake then try this trick. Imagine your boss talking in a very low voice. Next imagine it speeding up and sounding very high pitched like a pixie, then slow it right down again like a record played at the wrong speed. Repeat until it ceases to annoy you.
  7. Waking up in the middle of the night thinking about work? Try some creative visualization. Consciously focus on  relaxing each part of your body starting with your feet. Repeat to yourself I relax my feet, I relax my feet, my feet are relaxed and slowly work your way upwards. Once you are feeling more relaxed, then begin to slowly count backwards from ten and picture yourself walking down a cliff path towards the sea. With each step you are walking closer to the beach and when you reach the bottom of the path you can lay down on the warm sand and absorb the sounds of the seascape around you. The seagulls flying above you, the sounds of the waves lapping against the shoreline, the warmth of the sun on your face, tempered by a gentle sea breeze.  See how the sunlight shimmers on the surface of the ocean and run your fingers through the millions of tiny grains of sand. Stay in this beautiful and relaxing place for as long as you need – hopefully until you drift back to sleep.

Remember your home life is sacred – nothing should invade your personal space.

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