The most important point to realize and accept as an absolute truth is: your work is only PART of your life. It is wonderful if you love what you do and have passion for your work, but do not forget that your personal life is at least as important as your work life.
Other parts not to neglect are a. yourself and b. your family and friends. Once all of these are being taken care of and good maintenance practices are in place, life is set up to be satisfying, content, rewarding, happy and healthy.
Periods of down time are in order to avoid burning out and to be able to continue to live your daily life. The less stress all around the better your performance can be. This is more than true for work.
Some helpful suggestions to consider for de-stressing and leaving work at work:
Remind yourself that leaving work behind, mentally and physically, is up to you.
If you want to do this, then decide to do it and follow through with your choice. It will take time and practice until this new behaviour is in place. The rewards will be worth the effort. You deserve to take this time for the change. Your boss will appreciate the stronger you and so will your friends and family.
Needless to say YOU get the most out of this, you are treating yourself with the care and respect you deserve.
Saying ‘No’ to something makes room for a ‘Yes’ to something else. In this case, ‘No’ to stress and work, a ‘Yes’ to you and the personal part of your life.
A Practical Handbook