Friday, January 30, 2015

Stress Management Strategy: Shift Your Energy After Work

Stress Management Strategy

I have a friend named Roger who runs a large healing center. He supervises a staff of more than twenty people and deals with almost constant financial crises. We travel in similar circles, so I often run into Roger at evening gatherings.  I’ve noticed how fresh and relaxed he always seems to be.

Recently, I asked him what his secret was. He told me, “As soon as I leave the office, I do something to totally shift my energy.” His favorite way of doing this is to put his favorite CD on at a high volume in his car as he drives down the freeway. When the CD comes on, it’s a signal both to his conscious mind and subconscious, that work is over and it’s time to play.

Roger’s strategy is a good example that each of us can emulate. Brainstorm different things you could do immediately, or as soon as possible, after work which shift the energy and help you to mentally, as well as physically, take a total break from work.

If you work out of a home office, rather than commuting to work, this might be even more important for you.  With a home-based business, it can be all too easy to never really stop work.  It’s very important to take a break and ideally have several hours of down-time before bed.

Below are a few ideas of after-work energy-shifters that have been effective for me or people I know:
1. Exercise
2. Take a nice long shower
3. Call or get together with a friend or significant other
4. Watch the sunset (of course, this only works certain times of the year)
5. Meditate
6. Relax in a hot tub

Be creative, come up with some of your own ideas. Experiment until you discover what works best for you.

Andrew Oser has been offering spiritual life coaching, along with guided retreats on Mount Shasta since 1982.   Through hikes to little-known sacred sites, guided meditations, spiritual life coaching, and time drinking in the silence of the mountain, he helps clients to deeply renew themselves in body, mind, and spirit and receive clear vision for their lives.  For more info, please see

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