One of the most difficult challenges of a demanding profession, especially one that requires long hours of intense concentration, is being able to leave work behind after a shift. However, downtime is crucial to better managing stress and avoiding burnout. Creating a time of transition, when you get home and before diving into any of the chores that await our attention — paying bills, making a meal, doing laundry — can go a long way to creating a buffer between work and the rest of life.

Let’s call it finding the still point in a turning world: time to sit, relax and let the work wash away. I find music helps create such a conducive atmosphere. To that end, I curated an After-Shift Chill playlist, featuring a genre known as Lo-Fi Beats, instrumental compositions by musicians working at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz. I hope you find it as helpful to zoning out as I do.

So, kick your shoes off, pour yourself a glass of vino or a cup of warm tea, put your feet up and let the music help you find that much needed stillness.

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—Jack Sonni, writer, musician and food lover, known as the “other guitar player” in Dire Straits