7 Ways to De-stress After a Long Day
De-stressing after a long day of work is immensely important
WE NEED TO FIND A BALANCE
Do you find yourself thinking about your work even when you’re back home? The fast-paced world of today makes it almost impossible to separate our work life from our non-work life.
We find ourselves deep in the stress we carry from the office, especially if we routinely work in a high-pressure environment.
This affects not just our physical health, but also our mental peace. Our jobs end up being our lives, when they’re only supposed to be a part of our life.
Thus, de-stressing after a long day of work is immensely important. Keeping in mind the time crunch we face, here are a few time efficient and easy ways to detach from work and find relaxation.
1) SPENDING TIME WITH A LOVED ONE
We often underestimate the value of emotional support from our loved ones. The ‘loner life’ can have its advantages, but we all need to call our loved ones now and then. Not necessarily to complain about work, but to simply talk about everything else in life.
While it’s okay to discuss and vent about work, spending too much time on one subject leaves little space for other things in life.
So the next time you want to tell your spouse how your colleague messed up, remember to also tell them what you had for lunch.
2) BUILDING A ROUTINE
Having a routine brings stability to one’s life. Regardless of how bad a day gets, I know I’ll be greeted by my cat when I get home for example.
Our routines can be entirely tailored to our needs. Listening to music everyday can be relaxing for some, while starting the day with a cup of freshly brewed tea is relaxing for others.
The important part is to build our own routines that we can lean on when life gets shaky.
3) PRACTICING YOGA AND MEDITATION
Various studies have proven the benefits of yoga and meditation. They can help reduce stress and anxiety, as well as release physical tension.
Yoga and meditation don’t require equipments, and it’s something you can easily do at home once you learn the basics.
YouTube is filled with great videos of Guided Meditation. The best time to make use of them is when we’re feeling stressed out from work!
4) PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
You’ve probably heard about the runner’s high, our bodies produce feel-good chemicals while running.
Similar effects can be seen when we work out or play sports. But more important than this immediate rush, physical activities help keep our bodies healthy.
The social interaction that often accompanies physical activities is also a great source of relaxation.
5) MAKING THE COMMUTE HOME ENJOYABLE
While some are lucky enough to work close to home, most of us aren’t. Hence, the commute home can further drain us.
In order to make the journey worth it, we can incorporate music. After a bad day at work I listen to soothing music while driving home. This has calmed me down countless times.
Some find it more relaxing to listen to someone else talking. Finding an interesting podcast to play in the car can be a fantastic opportunity to both learn and relax.
6) WRAPPING UP WORK NEATLY
Making daily priority lists and checking off everything before we go home ensures that we aren’t stressed about incomplete work. This way we don’t end up bringing work home and we don’t spend time worrying about half finished projects.
But in case we don’t manage to check everything off, let’s remember that nothing good comes from thinking about it once we leave work.
It’s still going to be there the next day, it can be solved then!
7) MANAGING YOUR TIME
It’s how effective we are at work that matters, not the total number of hours.
If we want to reduce stress it can be a great personal investment to master time management. Better time management opens up all kinds of opportunities.
For example, if we make a few efficient changes so we get something done in five hours instead of seven. We can now spend the remaining two hours doing something else.
That’s two hours of free time to spend practicing relaxation, cooking food, cultivating a hobby, or spending time with loved ones.