How often do you leave the office and truly forget about work? Sure, a change of environment covers the physical get away, but I’ll be the first to admit that getting the mind away from work is a lot easier said than done.
It might be a quick sneak of your emails in the evening or spending an hour finishing off that important report over the weekend. But, often what can seem like just a small disruption to your life outside of work, can have a real impact on your wellbeing.
Taking the time to completely switch off from work can allow us to find a fresh perspective, relieve stress or worry, and significantly improve productivity when we are in the office.
During the working week, I regularly attend the yoga classes we run onsite at Birchwood Park, which forces me to take a break from the busy working day and put it all into perspective. And, at the weekends, I find time spent with the family walking around the Lake District can provide the perfect get away.
Find something that works for you. Whether it’s an exercise class, a form of meditation or even locking away your electrical devices when you get home so you can truly ‘unplug’. Down time is important and the benefits to wellbeing, enormous.
By Martin O’ Rourke, commercial director, Birchwood Park