I admit it. Sometimes I wear yoga pants to work, too.
Yes, I practice yoga. But not at the end of the day after I’ve been working. I do yoga in the morning to wake my body and prepare for a busy day of doing what I love. It level sets me so I can be mentally present for my clients and serve them as best I can.
When you’re doing what you love, it can be hard to stop at the end of the day. But you must! Otherwise what you love will soon be what you hate. You’ll find yourself mentally exhausted, antsy, and displaying avoidance behavior, even though you love your work.
Yoga pants are a symbol for me. In donning them, my mind automatically switches into ‘lounge mode’. I no longer feel like I need to be on point and focused. I can go for a walk in comfort, garden, cook, sit in funny positions, and whatever else strikes my fancy. My yoga pants create the mental space to just be me.
I’m not suggesting you do the same if it doesn’t fit your personality — although, I do suggest you find a similar practice. How might you punctuate the end of your busy day so you can wind down and relax? In the past I’ve used evening showers, going for a walk, or meditation to cool my jets and tell my mind it’s time to stop working.
This does have a caveat. You see, when you love what you do, you’re likely to be inspired by just about anything in your life. Though your evenings and weekends should be ‘non-work time’, it’s important to leave space for that inspiration. However, there’s a difference in reacting to that inspiration. During work hours it’s appropriate to follow the rabbit hole to see where it leads. But when you’re at home, whether alone, with your partner, children, or friends, it’s important to stay present.
Create a system for capturing the inspiration and ideas that come your way. Write them down, put them in Evernote or another app, or leave yourself a voice memo. Whatever you need to do to have the peace of mind that the idea is secure. Then, return to your evening.