Stress can and does extend from work to family time and vice versa. What sets people apart is how they approach and deal with this inevitable crossroad.
For too long, I was constantly working through my to-do list from the time I got home each night until I fell asleep. While I was physically present for my spouse or friends, a lot of the time I was not fully engaged. I have the most loving wife who understands the stressors and expectations of my job. With that said, she rightly called me out when my mind drifted back to work when it should have been elsewhere. I take pride in the work I do for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and I love my wife and value our time together. I want to ensure both are taken care of.
The only way to effectively do this is by flipping that “switch” at the right time.