Are we working from home or sleeping in the office?
If you're struggling to switch off in the evenings now that your living room is your office and thanks to constant pings from Slack, Microsoft Teams and regular emails, you can't remember the last time you truly felt relaxed, then just know that you're not alone.
The average person is clocking up an extra 28 hours of work per month while working from home. 28! Hours! Add to that then, the low-hum of anxiety about the state of the world and heighten uncertainty around job security and you've got the perfect recipe for burnout.
Burnout, the disorder stalking stressed-out millennials (and everyone else) at every turn, is now a diagnosable condition. Characterised by the following symptoms: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.
While much of what we might do to chill out BC (before Corona) is off the cards right now, with country-wide closures, it's never been more important to channel some calm into our not-so-hectic, but even more stressful lives.
With that, we've done a quick whip-round to find out how Irish Tatler staffers switch off come 5 pm. None are exactly hot takes, but if little else, hopefully, they'll inspire you to log off on time this evening.
Here's how the team goes about it.
Amy Heffernan, Editor Of irishtatler.com
"I go for a long walk most evenings and while I'm not completely offline (podcasts do ensue), strolling the same route, taking the same turns really allows me to switch off and relax. The structure of a routine feels especially good right now, when everything else seems so uncertain. The familiarity of the route too gives my brain the space to wander and muse on things I just didn't get the time to consider during the day. Equally, I've heard the perils of walking while mindless-scrolling and those horror stories have proved motivation plenty to keep my phone firmly in my pocket until I've safely returned home."
Sarah Macken, Editor - Irish Tatler
"For me, colouring is a form of escapism where I can shed the stress and worries of the day and just focus solely on a simple, yet creative task. I'm obviously in the crafting phase."
Brenda McCormick, Managing Editor
"I am a champion 'faffer'/potterer/doing-
Kate Demolder, Staff Writer
"The only things that work for me are either going for a run (even just 20 minutes) or reading a book. Both of these are done without close proximity to my phone (I put it on aeroplane mode when I read) and usually are followed/preceded with a stretch. It's amazing how relaxed you can become when contorting your body into baffling ways."
Emma Blanchfield, Content Creator
"There’s so much going on right now that at times, wallowing in a bath is my only saviour. Swapping my phone for a magazine, scented candle and a glass of wine, if I'm feeling particularly boujee whilst in a relaxing, solitary, self-indulgent soak is the one time I fully reset."
Donna McCarthy, Editorial Assistant
"Not to indulge the cliche, but for me relaxing includes taking a deep breath away from technology, lighting a candle and sitting comfortably with a book. I love giving my mind something productive to focus on, minus distracting notifications that feel like little devil pokes at times. For a short time, I adopt the simple life as a personal sweetener."
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