How to Emotionally Detach from Work

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Oct 22, 2019

Oct 22, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

If you suffer from work-related stress, you're not alone. In fact, 83 percent of US workers suffer from work-related stress. 

This isn't only bad news for the American worker, but it's also bad news for the American business owner. In fact, US businesses lose up to $300 billion per year due to work stress. 

Work-related stress can cause a lot of problems. But, one of the worst things about work-related stress is that it can disrupt your personal life. This is why you need to learn to emotionally detach from work. 

Check out this guide to learn how to emotionally detach from work. 

Start a Side Hustle 

If your current job is really dragging you down, one of the best things you can do is start a side hustle. 

This can give you the sense that you're capable of achieving career-related success outside of your current job. And, it can help give you hope that one day you may be able to leave your current job and work for yourself. 

Here are some great side hustles that you can start today:

  • Start a blog
  • Become an affiliate marker
  • Sell your crafts or artwork on Etsy
  • Work as a freelancer (writing, graphic design, programming, etc)
  • Rent out your car or a spare room in your home
  • Work for Lyft, Uber, or a food delivery service

Limit Work Chatter at Home 

If you've had a rough day, it can sometimes feel good to go home and vent to your partner or roommate about everything that happened. 

But, try to keep work complaining and chatter at home to a minimum. If you find it difficult to steer away from work talk, make a firm rule. For example, make it a rule that you can only talk about work at home for half an hour per day. 

This will help prevent your work life from seeping into your home life and your sense of self. This article from takes a deeper look at the dangers of allowing work to seep into your personal life. 

Expand Your Social Circle 

If the majority of your friends are people you work with, then it's time to expand your social circle. 

It's very important that you have people in your life who you can share your passions and hobbies with that aren't work-related. This way, every time you hang out with these friends, you never have to worry about slipping into work talk. 

Find Satisfaction Outside of Your Job 

Unfortunately, we live in a society where a lot of emphases is placed on what we accomplish between the hours of 9 to 5. 

However, this perspective is slowly changing, and it's time you get on board. 

While work accomplishments should certainly be celebrated, you should also have goals outside of work and have hobbies that make you feel accomplished. 

For example, you could undertake learning a new language, try to become a master chef in a particular type of cuisine, or, you could just make it your goal to get through a really dense book. 

Whatever it is, make sure it's something that you really care about and that you can lose yourself so the pressures of work don't creep up on you. 

How to Emotionally Detach from Work: Are You Ready to Do It? 

Now that you know how to emotionally detach from work, it's time for you to put these tips into action. 

Emotionally detaching from your job isn't going to happen overnight, so take your time with it and be patient with yourself. 

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