I was standing in my kitchen, making a salad, and venting about my workday to my husband. Did I mention I was stressed? I was. I was continuing on about a situation I truly had no control over. None whatsoever.
My husband waited for a break in my verbal rampage and said,
"The way I see it you have two choices here. Your first choice is to continue to let it bother you, with nothing you can really do about it. The second choice is to choose to be happy and move past this."
BAM! Cue: The Tonne of Bricks.
I was choosing to let this situation stress me out. My emotional self had thrown me into a tornado, where I had forgotten that I had a choice about how I was feeling. The worst part, I let the work problem walk out the door and come home with me, instead of leaving it behind ready for the next time I sat down at my desk.
What did I do? I visualized myself going back to my desk, placing the problem there, and walking away from it. I decided to leave it there, on my desk.
When I am at home I want to be 100% present and there to experience the joys of my family life.
It was a great reminder for me to take time at the end of my workday to leave work there, before standing up and walking away. It was also a great reminder that I control my emotions, not the other way around.
How do you separate work and home?