How many times have you found yourself thinking “this day is just too long”? Meetings and crazy deadlines can often have you feeling drained and even when your body calls for much-needed rest, work always seems to be the priority. This can take its toll on your mental health, which means it’s time to start switching up your after-work routine.
Even though Covid-19 has restricted us from exploring the outdoor life for the most part, why not do some relaxation in the comfort of your own home?
Sitting on a couch in front of the television may be relaxing, but you are not allowing your brain to get the rest that it should. If you are seeking ways to unwind, we have you covered! Here are six ways you could unwind after a hard day of work:
Not many of us enjoy running or jogging, but any kind of physical activity that you may feel comfortable doing plays a great role in relaxation. When you are active, it calms your busy mind – producing what is called ‘feel-good hormones’ – a natural high that helps to reduce stress. Sometimes a hike to engage with nature may do the trick too if you want to venture outdoors.
As simple as it sounds, it’s one of the best ways to relax after work. No putting on the television, looking at your phone or any device. Close your eyes for a few minutes until the tension in your body releases – a simple way to meditate.
Put on those comfortable clothes that you wouldn’t want your neighbour to see you in
Getting out of a suit, uniform or your general work gear is probably the best feeling! It removes you from your working environment to transport you to a place of relaxation. Put on your favourite pyjamas or tracksuit that you love huddling in.
Take a hot bath or shower
This is a great way to feel refreshed. Whether it be laying in a hot tub filled with bubble bath and crystals or hot water running over your body with your favourite herbal body wash, it can relax you and make you all warm and cosy. When you let yourself relax via the comfort of warm water, you almost always feel better afterwards.
Do something that you enjoy
Self-consideration is always key. Listen to some music, paint, cook your favourite meal, play the piano – you might even have some unfinished craftwork laying in the spare room that you have been delaying for a long time.
Meditation is popular amongst many people. It’s one of the best ways to unwind after work… ‘ohm’. Create a stress-free environment and grab the mat, the candles and your incense sticks – of course, the choice on what to use is yours.