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5 Tips for Recovering After a Long Day at Work

5 Tips for Recovering After a Long Day at Work

Every so often we have a long day at work. Whether it’s the amount of work we need to do, conflicting priorities, or just many things going wrong, a long day at work can be challenging and hard to recover from. Here are a few tips for recovering after a long day at work.

1. Lie down and do nothing

One of the best ways to recover after work is just to lie down. This helps you feel relaxed and gives both your mind and your body a much needed rest from your day.

Lie down on your bed or couch. Close your eyes and do nothing. Don’t lie down to read a book or play with your phone, as this doesn’t really give your brain a rest. Don’t look around the room and notice what needs to be cleaned or put away, as this will just distract you. It’s kind of like meditation, but you don’t need to commit as much as meditation.

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You don’t need to do this for very long. A few minutes can help you feel more relaxed. Ten or 15 minutes can be enough. If you need to have a nap, make it a short one, as it could disrupt your natural sleep cycle.

2. Get some exercise

Another way to feel good after a long day of work is to get some exercise. I like running, so a couple of times a week I go out for a run. It’s only a couple of kilometres, but the act of running and breaking a sweat makes me feel better. It’s also a great way to reduce stress at work, if you make it part of your schedule.

You don’t have to go running if you don’t like to run. Try riding a bike, going to the gym, playing a sport, doing some yoga or pilates. Any kind of exercise will help you feel better after your long day at work.

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3. Take a bath or shower

A great way to feel refreshed is to have a bath or a shower. Lying down in the tub for a while is very relaxing. Run some hot water into the bath, get in, and lie down for 20 minutes. This is similar to lying down on the bed for a while, as it can relax you and make you feel warm at the same time.

If you don’t have a tub, or don’t like to bathe, take a shower instead. Sometimes I like to have a shower after work if I’m feeling run down or sore, and it makes me feel better. Showers are quicker and the feeling of warm water on your head is great.

4. Change into comfortable clothes

It’s normal to change out of work clothes when you get home. Getting out of the suit, or uniform, at night time can make you more comfortable. However, it’s best to get into something that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.

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Don’t stay in your work attire when you get home. If you’re feeling tired or drained, change into comfortable clothes, like track pants and a jumper. It might not be fashionable, but comfort should be the aim here and every little thing you can do to feel better will help.

5. Do something you enjoy

After your long day at the office, working hard, and getting things done for your team and your employer, you should take some time to do something that you want to do. Doing something you enjoy will make you feel better and might make you more relaxed.

Listen to some music, watch a movie or some TV, paint, cook dinner, or play guitar. Work on something you enjoy and that isn’t too draining, and you’ll probably find your mood increases.

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I like to watch an episode of a TV show to relax. There’s a few that I watch and, if I need to recover, I can just switch off my brain for an hour and watch one of these shows.

I hope these tips can help you after your next big day at the office. If you’ve got any other tips, share them in the comments section below.

Featured photo credit: My Shame/bruckerrlb via flickr.com

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5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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