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6 ways to relax when you’re a workaholic

Regardless of whether you’re a business owner or employee, it can be hard to switch off from work as there is always something to do. And even though we all know the benefits of closing down the laptop and turning the phone off, the desire to just do one more thing is all too tempting.

However, when are the business owner, the desire is a little greater to keep going as the buck stops with you. Your team and your clients are counting on you always to deliver. Life can also feel like a race to get in front of your to do list, which we know is not a fair race because the win is only momentary and the race never stops.

But, stop we must and regularly. Each evening, each weekend if you can, bank holidays, and annual holidays.

We must rest and recuperate, or we will burn out, become stressed and irritable, make mistakes, lose focus and creativity and stall essential progress.

I know you think by working all hours that you are preventing all of this, but you aren’t. You are actually contributing to all of this, and when I say you, I mean me too.

Now I admit I’m a workaholic and love my work, but since the COVD – 19 lockdown I have been working more hours than I usually would, and these long hours are starting to get the better of me.

My neck hurts, I’m having trouble sleeping and am not feeling my usual happy self. I NEED a break!

So this bank holiday weekend, this was my plan of action to switch off from work, which may help you too.

1. Find an accountability buddy. I made a pact with my friend Shilpa, who is the CEO of a Pharmaceutical Committee and also a self-confessed workaholic, for us both not to work. Well, I made that promise. Shilpa promised only to work half a day over the bank holiday weekend. We keep checking in with each other on Instagram and so far so good!

2. Start a new creative project. I started this blog which is something I have wanted to do for years. Please see my inaugural blog here.

I have also been looking through home magazines and Pinterest to help me get design ideas to decorate our new house.

3. Watch TV. This shouldn’t be hard. There are so many films and box set to get through. My husband and I have just started watching Gangs of London, and my eldest daughter and I finished off watching the Michelle Obama documentary.

4. Exercise. I have currently set myself the challenge to walk 100k in May. To support his goal, I have been putting my headphones and trainers on and getting some fresh air. However, you don’t need to add a new challenge to your plate. Just walk and lose yourself in an audiobook or some good music.

5. Pamper yourself. Run a bubble bath, put on a face mask, light a candle and just chill and ask your family to leave you undisturbed.

6. Play some games. There is nothing like a game of Monopoly or Dobble to enable you to focus on the task at hand. The task, of course, is to win or to stop a family fight from breaking out!

There. Some easy ways to switch off from work.

Do it for yourself, your family, your friends, your team and your clients. You will feel lighter, better and more equipped as you move forward. Remember running a business is a series of sprints and not a never-ending marathon.

About the author

Imperfectly Poised is written by a Kent based businesswoman and employer working in the field of Primary Care. With 3 children and living with husband Mark, the imperfectly poised blog was created to share what really goes on behind the scenes of running a successful business, whilst raising a family.

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