Utilizing the half way home mark can be very beneficial in separating work and home life. This can allow you to be present in the moment and mentally separate from any stressors that are occurring in your everyday life.
Tips on how the half way home mark works:
On your drive home from work identify your half way home mark. This could be a street sign, a billboard, or something that stands out to you that is visible in your everyday commute. Every time you pass that half way home mark allow yourself to mentally process what went on during your day until you reach that mark. Think of any stressors, unfinished work, or anything that stands out for you that occurred at work. Practice these tips without taking your main focus off the road. When you reach that half way home marker, let go of any thoughts regarding work by clearing your mind. inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth letting go of those thoughts as if they were drifting away out your car window. Now shift your thoughts to your home, your family members and allow yourself to be present for your family without mentally bringing work home. After several times of practicing this process it can become automatic and can be applied to many different routes. For example home to work, work to an important meeting, work to social hour,etc.
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