We’ve all been there. It’s the middle of the night, and you just remembered that you wanted to proof that report or you’re thinking about that meeting you have tomorrow and wondering if you’re prepared. Maybe you get up, turn on your computer, and work until you’re too exhausted; or maybe you stay in bed, thinking and planning or just tossing and turning. At any rate, there are a few things you can do to prevent these late-night work-related woes:
- Make a to-do list. Plan out what you have to do the next day so that you feel more prepared and organized.
- Keep a journal. Putting your worries, fears, thoughts, and ideas in writing can enable you to process your emotions and relieve your stress and anxiety.
- Exercise self-compassion. Give yourself a break. You’re not perfect. Resist the urge to obsess about a conversation or situation or worry incessantly about the “what ifs.”
- Engage in physical activity. Research shows that just a little exercise can help you sleep better.
- Mindfulness meditation and similar activities can help relax your mind and body.