Work. Projects. Deadlines. Doesn’t the thought of it all completely stress you out? There are so many reasons to be stressed out. For instance, most of us have to juggle school, work and a social life—all while trying to maintain a good nights’ worth of sleep. And that’s sorta asking for a lot.
Lately, I’ve been worrying about wedding planning which requires heavy researching and coordinating with multiple vendors. On top of that, we’re in crunch time at work, trying to meet our biggest deadlines. Naturally, I get so burned out from a long day of staring at the computer that I have no energy left for my personal endeavors!
To keep my sanity, I have found 10 easy ways to relax after a long day. These tips can work for everyone, regardless of whether you’re still in school or out working the corporate life. In the end, these tips have guided me into a happier and less stressed person.
After a long day, I like to…
Change into comfortable clothes
After work, I immediately change into my “home clothes” (aka pajamas) because they are 10x more comfortable than my work clothes. It’s as easy as that!
Unplug from technology
As a millennial, this is the hardest step. Technology is something that engulfs every aspect of my life. Since my job requires using the computer for every step of the way, I realize that it’s especially important for me to unplug from technology and relax without my computer at home.
Do breathing exercises
When was the last time you took a step back and thought about nothing but breathing? This one is probably the easiest, but most overlooked method of relaxation.
Read a book
Nothing pulls me out of my own life better than reading about someone else’s life, even if they’re fictional. A good book can distract you from anything and everything!
Half an hour each day is all you need. There are plenty of solo options that don’t require recruiting a team of players together, such as jogging, yoga, pilates, Zumba or dancing. If you’re not looking to sweat buckets, then a simple walk around the neighborhood will work wonders.
Listen to music
Listening to music is an instant mood booster. I should add that singing along can be therapeutic as well, even if you consider yourself tone-deaf or think you sound like a screeching cat (which I doubt you do). Sing your heart out like no one is listening!
Find something to laugh about
Usually Dan is my source of laughter, but when he’s stressed from work as well, then I will resort to finding something online. I know, I just told you to unplug everything, but realistically, you will probably sign onto your laptop sometime during the night! If you’re online to watch funny, lighthearted Youtube videos of cats playing patty-cake or dogs making unlikely friends with ducklings, then I’ll permit it.
Take a bubble bath
Warm, running water. Soaking in a tub full of bubbles. Do I need to explain more?
To be honest, I’ve given up alcohol a while ago. But you can’t ignore that drinking wine in moderation is a popular way for people (of age) to unwind. Isn’t the saying, “a little wine can go a long way”?
Take a nap
Crawling into your warm, comfy bed after a long day has got to be one of the best feelings. Bonus points if you have a furry little creature, like your cat or dog waiting for cuddles on the bed.
How do you like to relax after a long day?
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