December 03, 2004
A Cup of Tea Is Not Always Enough
We all have our ways of relaxing after work. Some of us veg in front of the TV. Others go work out. Still more recount their day to blow off steam. My favorite way to relax is with a cup of Tension Tamer tea from Celestial Seasonings, a good book and some well-deserved quiet.
But sometimes my work comes home with me in a way that steaming water and stimulating reading material can’t combat. I’m trying to adopt more of my husband’s stance on our precious hours together. His answer to “how was your day” is almost always “fine.” He says, “I lived through it once. Why recount it?”
But a quiet atmosphere can sometimes promote stewing. So this article was a welcome addition to my reading this week. Its basic point is that your relaxation routine shouldn’t start at 5 p.m. -- it needs to be built into your workday. I think I’ll try some of its suggestions. But I won’t be giving up my Tension Tamer. It’s just too darn good.
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>2. Wind down your workday early. About two hours before you leave work, make a list of what you need to accomplish before you go and what you'll tackle tomorrow. You'll have ample time to complete your tasks and can leave feeling like you've wrapped up your day productively -- which leaves less fodder for after-work worry.<
2 hours before you leave work? How does such a wind-down routine increase productivity or reduce stress? Making a list makes sense, but scheduling the wind-down time to the last 15 minutes seems more than prudent. Else, I'd worry what I *said* I would finish may not be yet done (especially due to interruptions or the like).
Posted by: Charlie on the Pennsylvania Turnpike | Dec 3, 2004 9:49:59 AM
A good 15 minute massage will go a long way.
Posted by: Joe | Dec 3, 2004 1:57:39 PM
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