Crucically, create a relaxing ritual that tells the brain that the working day is over. “Getting changed and having a shower as soon as you arrive home signals to the brain that you have finished for the day, as can short household chores – so long as you don’t usually see them as work.”
It may seem counter intuitive, but a blast of activity after a long day can also refresh as much as a rest. “A good hobby not only distracts, it also controls and demands our attention without too much mental energy. Make time for something you have a natural interest in; dancing, running, gardening or reading, it doesn’t matter.” People who dedicate time to something not only feel happier and less stressed - they also perform better at work. According to research by Dr Kevin Eschleman at San Francisco State University the less relevant the pastime is to one’s job, the greater the effect on workplace performance - so try to choose something that uses a totally different skill set.
Reference: Daily Telegraph, NewsHub.co.nz