There is nothing more important than that disconnect between arriving home from work and the moments you spend relaxing. It’s important that you have a balance between your home life and your work life, and that means that when you get home, you are supposed to eat, unwind and just be. It’s your chance to take a breather and understand how it’s essential to your mental health and wellbeing.
It can sometimes be difficult to relax after work, especially if your brain is still buzzing with numbers, meetings and things to do. You have a demanding job, so the most you can manage is heating up some of the best frozen Chinese food you could eat and just relaxing - and that’s enough! You need to just be able to slow down and take a moment to let that breath you’ve been holding all day go. So, with that in mind, here are some of the best things that you can do to unwind after work.
Workout. Okay, so this doesn't sound so relaxing, but it’s something you should do to burn off a little of the adrenaline you had built up. You don't have to overexert yourself with a workout, though. You can relax into some Yoga, or enjoy a Pilates class. If you don't want to do anything indoors after being indoors at work all day, why not look at going for a walk? Nature can make a big difference to how you feel after work and it’s a great way to blow off the cobwebs.
Sink into a bath. Whether you use bath bombs or bath oils, the feeling of being enveloped in water after a tough day at work is instantly relaxing for most people. You could add candles and music if you have the energy, and it’ll be the best thing that you do for yourself to unwind and relax for a change.
Turn on the music. Whether you listen while you cook or you just have the music playing while you are unwinding, music can make a big difference to your day. Some light jazz can help you to unwind, and something a little faster is a great way to have a dance party.
Write in a journal. Sure, journal is not a verb, but journaling is a good way to write down how you feel and get all of your emotions out in the open. You have to process your thoughts and feelings and writing them all down is the best way to do it. You can then come back and reflect on them later and make sure that you know that you are looking after your mental health.
Pop on the comedy. Whether you watch a comedy show or you listen to a funny podcast, you need to belly laugh and have some fun. Work is stressful and if you can work off the stress by laughing, you should.
Your job can be stressful, and these tips are going to help you to unwind and relax.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.