1. Unwind on the Way Home
The speech, pace, energy is different at the office then at home. Utilize your drive home to help you change gears and make the transition. Don't continue the over stimulation by listening to news or talking on your cell phone. By keeping quiet your vital signs will slow down and you can think about how you want to spend time with your family. Push away thoughts of the day and be ready for casual conversation at home.
2. Use other parts of brain
As the saying goes, "All work, no play makes Jack a dull boy." Have things going on at home that stimulates other parts of your brain. For most of us keyed-up, type-A personalities sometimes doing nothing is not remedy, many times it is doing something fun and stimulating to other parts of our brain giving our work brain a rest.
3. Schedule time with friends
What gets put on your calendar gets done. You have to make your friends a priority. The best way to ensure they are is to officially get them on your calendar. Make an appointment once a week to have lunch or dinner with a friend. Also every time you meet, coordinate your schedules on the spot for your next get-together.