After a long, stressful day at work, it can be difficult to know how to relax when you get home. The pressures of the day can often linger once we get home, and it can be difficult to switch our brains off. If you often find yourself reliving your workday or worrying about your endless to do list once you walk through the front door, you’re not alone. Here are some of the best ways to get rid of stress after a long day at work.
Leave the tech behind
Are you guilty of taking your work phone or laptop home with you? Do you have your emails on your personal phone and end up scrolling when you’re sat on the sofa? Then it’s time to leave the tech behind. To allow your brain to relax and unwind, you must disconnect completely from anything work related and avoid taking work home with you.
Take a long bath
One of the best ways to unwind is to take a long, warm bubble bath. Often, stress and anxiety can cause our muscles to tense up, even if we don’t realise it. The hot water helps by increasing your body temperature and relaxing your muscles. To give yourself a real pamper, try popping in some mineral bath salts or foam into the water. Luxury bath products from companies such as Neom are packed full of essential oils that are sure to help you feel calm.
Read a good book
Reading is a great way to escape and focus your brain on something other than work. Research has shown that “reading fiction can increase reader empathy” as it allows us to “deeply engage with characters and scenarios” outside of our own daily routine. Choose a book that is funny, light-hearted or positive if you want to relax.
Throw yourself into exercise
Putting on your trainers and preparing for a sweaty gym session might not be exactly what you feel like doing after a long day at work. But it can have a hugely positive impact on your wellbeing. Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins that make us feel happy, so hitting the treadmill or bike will help you to release any stress you are holding onto.
Meditation is the art of focusing your mind on a particular object, thought or space in order to achieve mental clarity and calmness. There are many different ways to meditate and everyone’s different, so you need to figure out what works for you. If you’re not sure where to start, head to a local yoga class. Focussing on the breath and body throughout your practice will give your brain time to relax and unwind from a busy day.
Why not try these techniques after work this week?