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Great ideas for switching off in the evening

22 November 2012 No Comment

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As the wonder of the web drives more and more people to ditch the commute and work from home, the typical divide between breadwinner and child carer breaks down. And with so many active hours spent in the home, it can easily become a permanent place of work and not the haven of relaxation it might be. These tips can help you avoid falling into the trap of seeing bed as the only refuge come the evening:

Laughter is the best medicine

Above all, you must draw a line in the sand between work and play time. Making yourself laugh can be the perfect way to underline the work/play difference in your own head. Having a comedy series on DVD means you can watch a half-hour episode as your transition from work or childcare to play. If you think your home life is mad, you could enter the nuthouse of Dublin’s favourite coarse-tongued granny, Agnes Brown, by treating yourself to series two of Mrs Brown’s Boys on DVD from Tesco.

Switch off

Once you’re in laughter mode it will be easier to dismiss distractions. But just to make sure, if your work involves email, avoid the temptation to constantly check your inbox by switching off any email alert noises produced by your computer and smartphone.

Have fun together

If the kids are a little older it will be easier to find activities that you can all enjoy together. The Nintendo Wii is great for all ages, and if you’re afraid of being forced into vigorous gym or dance moves, stick to the games that involve little more than flicking your wrist nonchalantly at the screen.

Entertainment of the sit-back-and-chortle variety can also be found for the whole family. The Simpsons, for example, works on two levels. Kids will lap up its bright colours and vivid characters, while you can sit back and appreciate the more subtle, sometimes risqué gags that fly over the heads of the young ones.

Homer Simpson or Agnes Brown may not be conventionally perfect parents, but they are worth keeping in mind when work threatens to intrude too much into your home life.


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