Having had a hard day at work or school can be very stressful. It is very important that you take the time to de-stress and relax in order to maintain your health and mental well-being. Making self-care a priority is essential so you can keep yourself healthy for your sake and for the sake of your loved ones. Let us discuss some easy ways to relax and unwind after a long and tiring day:
Self massage or one obtained at a spa/professionally can be the best way to relax the body and calm frenzied thoughts. If you are on a budget, you can ask your partner/friend to massage you. Look out for mobile apps and weekly coupons for spas and massage deals in your area. This is a great way to save money if you plan on getting weekly massages.
2. Diffuse some Aromatherapy essential oils
Diffuse some essential oils in your room and simply lie down on your bed. This is the easiest way to relax and unwind after a hard day at work as the fragrant oils work on your senses to calm frenzied thoughts. The best essential oils for this purpose are lavender, chamomile, frankincense, etc. Diffuse these oils and breathe in their fragrance to calm your nerves and ward off anxiety or tension.
3. Take a hot soothing bath
A hot soothing tub bath is just what the doctor ordered to relax and de-stress after a long day at work. Fill up the tub with some bubbly bath gel, colloidal oatmeal and/or essential oils added to bath water. Soak in it for 20 minutes to ease painful muscles and relax the body and mind.
4. Get some fresh air
Instead of spending time indoors, go outside-(weather allowing). Breathe in the fresh air deeply. This will clear your mind and help you sleep better.
Meditation is another proven technique for relaxing after a long day. Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Breathe in and out deeply and each time your mind wanders, bring it back to the breath. With a little practice, you will be able to relax and rejuvenate with this method.
6. Meet friends
Having good company after a long day at work or school is the easiest way to feel good about life. Share your thoughts and feelings or simply have a good laugh with them and soon you will be on your way to feeling better!
7. Listen to music
Listen to your favorite tunes –the easiest way to relax after a long day.
8. Laugh it out
Laughter reduces blood pressure and also reduces the stress hormones. So watch some comedy shows on TV or a funny movie or share a joke with friends.
Exercise reduces stress hormones and increases the level of ‘feel good’ hormones. Hit the gym or go for a swim or a brisk walk or run around the neighborhood. If needed, find an exercise buddy or walk a pet.
10. Play brain games
Exercising the grey matter is also a great way of unwinding after a hard day. Learn a new language or practice or take up learning music or a musical instrument. You can also solve a puzzle or do the crossword.
11. Give back to the community
Getting involved in the lives of those less privileged than you can be a great way of unwinding and relaxing after a hard day. Doing this will help you feel better about your life and even make you grateful. Making someone else’s life better is always a great way of feeling good.
12. Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol (in excess) can give you a temporary sense of well being and energy only to be followed by a low. If you wish to drink, do so in moderation. Avoid caffeinated beverages (which include sports and energy drinks and well as sodas) 2-3 hours before bedtime as they can interfere with your sleep.
13. Make the most of your commute back home
In case you have a long travel back home, try to make the most of it by listening to music or audio books. If you take the train, you can read a good book or better still, take a nap. If possible, commute with someone you like. Avoid listening to radio shows which annoy you.
14. Get intimate
Sex releases feel good hormones and helps you sleep better after a long hard day.
If possible, go away for the weekend. This will help you recharge your batteries for the coming week.
16. Spend time with a pet
Pets can make you feel good and ease feelings of loneliness, depression and stress. Playing with a dog or cat can also lower your blood pressure. If you don’t own a pet, offer to walk a neighbor’s or friend’s pet.
Sleep is the easiest way to feel better and calm body and mind. Get in the sleep mode by avoiding electronic gadgets an hour before bed. Also drink a glass of warm milk or take a warm bath to relax the muscles which will help you sleep better.
18. Eat healthy
A healthy diet can provide you with all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body and mind healthy. Also take a multivitamin and mineral pill to prevent diseases, both seasonal and chronic. A healthy, balanced diet can ward off feelings of negativity and depression.
Try these 18 easy ways to unwind and start relaxing a little more today.