Thanks God It’s Friday! After buckling down on an important project for the whole week, weekend finally comes and it should be the time to rejuvenate yourself after all the hectic weekdays. However, instead of relaxing, you cannot stop thinking about your unfinished project and getting worried about the upcoming deadline. Without realising it, your mind has always been occupied with work-related matters that makes you unable to enjoy your time-off. Even worse, you might end up using your holiday to get back to your tasks.

While you want to be a professional with astounding loyalty and commitment towards your job, it does not necessarily mean you should sacrifice all your lifetime for work. Taking work stress home will not only ruin your mental health as it overwhelms your mind and makes you restless, but also damage your body as it steals your sleeping hours that will lead to sleep deprivation. What should you do, then?

Every now and then, you should leave work matters at work and maintain good work-life balance. Here’s how you can achieve a peace of mind during your day-off:

Create a to-do list

Most people start to worry about their incomplete tasks right before the end of the day. When the clock shows the time is 5 pm, they have just realised that there are still a lot to do. This is most likely to happen when an employee does not have good time management. To deal with it, you can jot down a brief list of what you have to do for the next morning in your notebook. This way, you will be less bothered about the job matters as you have prepared for tomorrow’s schedule. Close the note and make sure you don’t open it again until the next morning. Besides task-related list, you should also create a list about what you will do exactly after you exit the office door. You can write any meaningful activities such as having exercise, making dinner, doing your hobby or other activity to fill your spare time.

Make another project

To divert your attention and stress about work, you can busy yourself to do other meaningful activities that will make you feel happy and refreshed. For example, you might want to change your room layout, have the wall repainted, take care of your garden, learn a new language, or anything else which needs your focus. However, you should keep in mind that this other project will not add up a new burden for you.

Don’t be alone

When people are alone, it is easier to have their minds wandering around and thinking about a lot of things, including their incomplete assignments. When it happens, you should find other person to talk to. You should go out of your room and have a quality time with your family. Or, you can call your friends and hang out with them. Talking about your job matters for minutes is okay to reduce your burden, but you cannot ruin your quality time with your beloved ones by lamenting the matters all the time.

Stay away from your working devices

There is a common pattern: you receive an email notification, then you open it and accidently you see other emails related to work. After that, you feel disturbed by the fact that you have not finished the report requested by a client two days ago. As a result, you cannot enjoy your holiday and choose to open your laptop and work on that report. To prevent this from happening, it is important to stay away from your working devices such office laptop or mobile phone. When you have an office account on your own mobile phone, you can turn the notification off until the next day you go back to work.

Article first appeared in HR in Asia.

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Are you really happy and satisfied with your job right now? With the new technological advances and innovations, the job market is highly competitive now. Thus, landing a dream job is not an easy task.

Think about the higher living standards and perhaps needs to maintain individual lifestyles or commitments, these causes most people to work in jobs that are able to sustain their needs and wants. Even so, a percentage of these people are just working in a job not even related to their qualifications (due to the challenging job market).

If you are dragging yourself to work every day, you are possibly facing job dissatisfaction. There are quite a number of reasons for such behaviour; it could be a lack of passion for the job you are currently in or unideal workplace environment (over-demanding superiors, irrational workload or the inability to mix well with your peers.) When such cases happen, some might resign while there are others who will stay just simply because of financial reasons.

An important message this article wants to get across is, ‘For a person to function their daily tasks well, a healthy state of mind should be present’.

Let’s take a look at how job dissatisfaction can gradually affect your overall well-being.

  1. Additional Stress

When you are feeling unhappy with the job you are in, it is likely that no matter the tasks you are given to do, you will feel stressed or a lack of interest. When that happens, procrastination usually takes place. No employers will tolerate such procrastination and lack of productivity.

That will result in you rushing tasks under stressful conditions and delivering subpar work to your superiors. As such, your self-esteem will decrease due to the inability to meet expectations and perhaps, even the high possibility of ruining your career.

That could lead to burnout.

  1. Insomnia

When you are stressed out, you might not be able to sleep at night with those excessive worrying and unhappiness. So, insomnia occurs, and you are not able to get the sufficient needs to allow your body to recover.

When you are not able to let your body rest and recover, your immune system will gradually weaken, and you will be more prone to catching diseases.

  1. Depression

Lastly, when you allow the issues to continue wearing you down, it can unfold into a depression state where you are no longer able to face the day-to-day positively but bury yourself in pessimism.

Depression changes the body’s system and drives brain messengers to function abnormally.

If you are experiencing the above few symptoms, it is vital you get help immediately, with professionals or family members for their support. Then, re-evaluate yourself and set your goals, realistically. Life challenges are there to push you to greater heights, not pull you down to the river bottom.

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