Those who work in situations involving customer contact are often advised to leave their family problems at home. Just for a change, let’s reverse that. Why not leave your work or social frustrations at the front door when you arrive at home. Don’t worry, they’ll be there waiting for you when you leave in the morning.
Bringing work related problems home is one of the biggest complaints that spouses make against their partners. It’s all too easy, at the end of the day when you’re most likely tired, to just bowl in the front door bringing all that stress with you. It’s not fair to your spouse, it’s not fair to your children, and it’s not fair to you.
Many people just don’t seem to know how to switch off when they get home. Others seems to take it all in stride. One simple technique, if you have the inclination to follow it at the end of the day, is to stop at the front door, take three long deep breaths all the while telling yourself, “My work problems belong at work, it’s time to relax with the family.” You’ll be surprised how often a simple trick like that works.
If you can’t switch off, then for the good of everyone, seek out counseling. Stress and anxiety are the biggest issues so seek out stress and anxiety therapy that teaches you how to deal with these issues. Couples counseling can also be a good idea as it provides your spouse with several tools designed to help you switch off. Ultimately, it’s up to you – can you learn to switch off at the end of a hectic day?