As for me, I mostly get home exhausted from work!!! I don’t know about you guys.
Now in the past, I used to just suck it up. I used to tell myself that this was my life and that I had to keep going.
But over the past few months, I’ve realized that if I want to continue to do well at work, I need to make my health and well-being a priority. I need to take time to relax when I get home, time to unwind and de-stress.
Gee! Life was much simpler when we were younger! After school, I used to just watch series and text my friends but as an adult, it’s a bit harder. As if walking up and down during working hours is not enough, one has to be in traffic for minutes and hours before one could get home. If these sounds familiar to you, then you need these five basic steps to help relax after work.
- TAKE A BUBBLE BATH
After a super stressful day at work, walking around in uncomfortable shoes, there’s nothing like slipping into a hot bubble bath, just the thought of sinking into a hot bubble bath can help ease your tension. Bubble baths offer a fun, inexpensive way to relax and reduce stress.
2. CHANGE INTO COMFY CLOTHES
There’s nothing more relaxing than putting on that favorite T-shirt or comfortable pants after work. Changing out of work clothes tells the brain and the body that work is over and it is time to relax.
3. UNPLUG FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS
You have been on your phone/computer the whole day answering calls/emails. Getting home, your brain needs a break from your day activities. So unplug your phone or computer for a couple of hours. You can leave your phone in your bedroom while you sit in the living room.
4. READ A BOOK
Sometimes the best way to escape the chaos of the day-to-day is to slip into another one. Research suggest that the part of our brain that feels empathy gets a great workout when we read fiction, for example. So, try reading about a powerful character, or a positive situation. If you are not an avid reader, you can opt for an episode or two of TV series you like.
5. RELAX WITH MUSIC
Seek some peace and quiet with some soothing tunes. The music you listen to influence your mood substantially. To promote a calm mood, avoid fast and loud genres of music as it may only aggravate you and give you a headache. Slower music that you can close your eyes and breathe along with, will help to reduce your heart rate.