No matter how much you love your job, it does create a great deal of stress in our lives. And even when you’re trying to be as productive as possible, sitting in unforeseen traffic or rushing to make it to your string of appointments can really fray your nerves. So when quitting time finally arrives, there are some simple things you can do to relax your mind and body. Here, we share six of our favorite ways to de-stress after work.
It seems impossible that you can’t find 20 minutes for yourself – especially if you’re making a conscious effort to do so. Now when you fill those 20 minutes with meditation, it may be the best bet for your time well spent. Meditation helps release stress and calms the mind and by default the body. It allows you to be centered and focused. So, next time you reach home after a busy work day, find a quiet corner, cross your legs, close your eyes… and take a deep breath.
Herbal teas (like chamomile) have a soothing effect on the mind and also boost hydration (which provides added energy). Not only are herbal teas, themselves calming, the whole process of making you tea, waiting for it to cool, sipping slowly is an exercise in tranquility.
A dose of fresh air
A breath of fresh air is enough to lift your mood and refresh yourself. Most of us probably don’t get the chance to be outside enough during the workday. So after work is done, a little time on the front porch, in the backyard, or at the local park, can work wonders.
Daily dose of exercise keeps you healthy and energized to combat the stresses of work. Consider stopping in at the gym on your way home from work. Better yet: A walk or bike ride will get you outside and inject a physical activity into your day. Identifying the type of exercise that you enjoy most and is best suited to your mind and body type will be the key to developing a regular exercise routine.
Laugh a little
Humor is one of the best ways to take your mind off of the day’s stressors. Tune into a comedy TV show or movie, or have a funny book on hand. Maybe your kids, spouse, or roommate are your best sources for a good laugh. In that case, hang out with them—and try to avoid talking about work! Whatever you do make sure you have your much needed dose of humor on a daily basis.
Turn Off technology
Sometimes coming home doesn’t really feel too different that being at the office as there is a constant stream of emails, sounds, updates, etc. being shoved down your throat 24/7. All you need to do is make a conscientious effort to turn off your devices (for at least a half hour) for peace and quiet. Shutting down your devices helps the mind to rest so you can focus on yourself for a change!
These tips can help you ‘productively’ unwind, re-energizing your mind to become inspired to save some time for yourself. After all, that’s what life is about isn’t it?