Molly Owens
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It’s 5 p.m. and you cannot wait to log off your computer and start the trek home. All you want to do is order take-out, pour yourself a glass of Pinot and catch up on (read: binge watch) your favorite shows. I don’t know about you, but this is me every Monday. Here are some ideas for what you can do to relax to before you press play.

1. Get Moving.

Put on your favorite workout clothes on and sweat it out for 30 minutes. Whether it’s a power walk on the treadmill or a SoulCycle class, you will release some tension and clear your mind.

2. Volunteer.

Who loves playing with puppies? I do! Whenever I need a pick-me-up from a hard week at work, my boyfriend and I stop by the Animal Shelter on the way home from work. Giving back to the community feels good - and is especially enjoyable when you’re doing it with someone you care about.

3. Brain Dump.

Before you wind down for the night, grab a pen and paper. Scribble down your to-do list, any ideas you have for tomorrow and the names of anyone you need to follow up with. Getting all your thoughts down on paper will free up space in your head to focus on the present.

4. Turn Off Your Notifications.

On your commute from the office, turn off all your work notifications. The last thing you want to see on the weekend is your inbox number up and slack messages from your co-workers about what needs to be done on Monday morning.

5. Embark on Your Side Hustle.

Whether you’re babysitting on your neighbor’s date night or spending the afternoon or selling your watercolor paintings on Etsy, doing activities outside of the office will not only give you a new purpose but will also help out your bank account.

Practicing work-life balance is very important for your mental-health and wellbeing -- so clear some space in your mind for yourself and the important people in your life!

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Molly is a Career Coach specializing in relationship building, communication, emotional intelligence and goal making. When not working, you can find her adventuring Chicago's hidden gems, playing pick-up soccer with friends and making plans to travel around the world.

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