Like a lot of people, my job involves staring at a computer screen all day. During meetings I get to stare at a projector screen instead for an exciting change of pace.
By the time I get home from work, my eyes are tired. My feet are a little sore from my standing desk (but don’t get me wrong, I love having it). Since I’m pretty introverted, I’m also usually ready for some alone time. If I was listening to music or had a lot of meetings or calls, I’m ready for some quiet.
So why, then, did I have a habit of running errands right after work that put me in public with lots of traffic and people? Or getting home and instantly turning on Netflix to stare at another screen for a few more hours?
I honestly can’t explain why I would leave work then continue to grind the nerves that needed rest. But now that I’ve started to identify when a certain sense is becoming over-stressed, I’ve been successful at switching to an activity that allows it to rest. This, and simplifying my weeknight routine, has resulted in much more peaceful evenings for me.
Simple things like taking a walk, a bath, reading, or eating dinner with nothing on in the background allow me to be in my own company without screens or noise raining down on me.
Do you find your senses are ready for a rest at the end of the workday? What do you do to relax?
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