After a stressful day at work, all we want to do is relax.
The day feels long, and you are impatiently waiting for 5 p.m. to hit. We are tired of dealing with demanding clients, co-workers, and bosses. Tight deadlines are approaching, and you feel like your brain cannot think of anything other than the deadlines.
I get it.
After a long, demanding day of work, we want to relax, de-stress, and not even think about work. While working, I look forward to taking a breather, cook my favorite meal, and stay away from screens.
It is essential to take that breather, ignore work messages, and look after yourself. But sometimes, we need an extra kick to help us get over the stress, so here is a list of ways to help your mind and body relax.
Set Up a Relaxing Environment
I am a massive fan of candles. I have one in almost every room in my house.
After a stressful day, I like to light up a scented candle, make some hot, caffeine-free tea and read or journal. Candles are known to have soothing properties that can also help increase the peace in the room.
There is also something soothing about listening to the flicker, and watching the glow surround it.
Now, this is the environment I set for after-work, and you have to figure out what you want to do. Ideas include making a room dark or brighter, put your favorite smells, and make yourself comfortable in a couch, bed, or even the floor. Engulf yourself in things that relax you and fit your needs.
Eat Your Favorite Meal(s)
A few weeks ago, I was stressed out of my mind.
I ended up making macaroni and cheese with sausage, broccoli, and cajun seasoning. And oh my gosh, did it fill me up with happiness and warmth.
Whether you decide to cook your favorite meal or order takeout, there is nothing wrong with treating yourself on occasion, especially on days where you feel drained. You will find yourself getting excited to eat your favorite comfort food.
Other meals I like to eat are cookies and cream ice cream, tacos, and pizza.
Take a Hot Shower or Bath
I hate hot water.
But when I am dealing with a stressful day at work, a hot bath or shower just sounds…relaxing.
Hot showers and baths have a lot of benefits, including relieving muscle tension, improves blood circulation, and help with body pain you might have. I also like to use bath and shower bombs filled with essential oils.
Also, hot showers can help you sleep better.
Write in a Journal
I have already written how journaling has helped, and I highly recommend you reading the post.
Do a Yoga Routine
I am not good at yoga, but I have found it to be beneficial with stress. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on classes. All you need is a yoga mat or something similar (i.e., a towel or blanket) and YouTube.
YouTube is a great place to start your yoga routine. You can specifically search for videos for stress, breathing, and relaxation. Yoga has helped my stress levels, sleeping, and I enjoy feeling my muscles stretch.
Two yogis I recommend are Yoga with Adriene and Yoga with Kassandra. Both women have plenty of videos that vary in length, so don’t feel like you have to take an hour class. Ten minutes is enough to get your body feeling better.
Turn Off Work Notifications
I am not going to lie: I am bad at this, but it is something I am currently working on.
Whether you work from home or not, it can be hard to ignore the notifications when our phones don’t stop beeping. But sending that work boundary is essential to allowing your body to relax after work.
So when you are ready to clock out for the day, log or silence emails and chats related to work and avoid the temptation to check.
Everything can wait until the AM.
Work on a Hobby
People with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress and will feel happier and more relaxed.
After a long day at work, I like to work on my hobbies. I work on the blog, create worksheets for my Etsy account or bake. When I am doing something I love, I forget about the work stress and focus on whatever I am working on.
No matter what your hobby is, do it. You will start to feel much better, and it gives you something to look forward to doing during the workday.
Don’t let your stressful workday ruin your after-work relaxation. Find what helps you relax and let me know what you end up trying!