Relaxing after a long hard day isn’t as simple as it sounds. Most of us just allow the exhaustion to guide us and end up feeling disgruntled and overwrought the next day. It can quickly turn into a downwards spiral that takes over the entire week. Unwinding is necessary not just for your body, but more importantly- for your mind.
It might be difficult to find time for relaxation nowadays, where many of us are constantly too busy. Even if you do find the time to unwind, how can you communicate that message to your brain? After all, it’s difficult to calm your mind after it’s been racing at a hundred miles per hour all day.
Maybe you should work late to gain a head start on the next day’s workload? As your body continues to burn energy, continuing in this manner can be physically and mentally exhausting. This can have a significant influence on your overall health over time. I’ve compiled a list of 5 of the finest ways to help your mind and body relax and rejuvenate after a long day at work. To make the most of your free time, try one (or more) of these activities.
Schedule In Your Downtime
Make downtime a goal and make it a priority by arranging it into your day. It might be as simple as devoting 5 minutes after work to doing nothing.
Take A Bath Or A Warm Shower
Washing away the tension from your body is the finest approach to leaving work behind. The mind and spirit are both calmed by water. To assist your muscles in relaxing, take a hot shower followed by a cool splash of cold water to invigorate your cells. Light some scented candles and soak your body in Epsom salts if you have a bathtub. After a long soak, don’t forget to moisturize!
Take A Walk
After being cooped up indoors all day, a change of environment will help you relax. When the weather is nice, go outside – you don’t even have to leave your garden. Allowing your mind to roam away from the office by inhaling some fresh air and glancing around the greenery is a good approach to do so.
Read A Book
Slipping into another world is sometimes the best way to escape the chaos of the day-to-day. According to research, when we read fiction, the portion of our brain that feels empathy gets a good workout. As a result, try reading about a strong character or a happy situation. If you are not a big reader, you can watch an episode or two of your favorite TV show instead.
A Good Night Sleep
A good night’s sleep is the most effective technique to regain vitality. For many of us, this can be difficult. Prepare ahead of time to ensure your success. Remove all distractions from your bedroom to make it a sleep-only environment. You are there to sleep after you are in bed. Before going to bed, avoid checking your phone and turn off all electronics at least half an hour before bedtime.
While all of these recommendations are excellent methods to relax, keep in mind that doing activities you enjoy can be just as effective. Whatever calming activity you choose, as long as it causes your mind and body to relax and feel calmer, you’ve discovered the winning recipe for assured relaxation anytime you need it!
Dexter Grima, Founder & CEO VitaBright
Sometimes I get pretty severe headaches and back pain from looking at the computer screen. If I feel that I’m overwhelmed by my work, I try to always go outside, regardless of how much I’d like to stay at home. Brisk walking or even doing some errands outside help me unwind and recover. Going outside helps me get some clarity of the day I had and helps me organize my thoughts and decrease anxiety.
Take a Catnap
Sometimes going outside doesn’t help. Sometimes I feel like I only need a bed and something comfortable to lie in to rest and recover. During these days, I don’t want company, and the only thing I want is to be alone with my thoughts. The idea behind a cat nap is to dress as comfortably as you can, surround yourself with pillows, have snacks and drinks near you, and have a book or a computer to binge-watch. Sometimes it’s okay to be lazy and inactive and, most importantly, to be able to enjoy this laziness alone.
Stefan Ateljevic, Founder of PlayToday
Nature: Take a Walk
Let the beauty of nature feed your soul. Walking has been shown to be valuable in improving mental health, particularly depression, so it is important to try and walk daily. When you do go for a walk, set your focus on just the experience of walking and your surroundings. For example, your feet on the ground, the fresh air, sunshine, birds singing, etc. Be mindful, embrace each step, and you will be sure to feel rejuvenated afterward!
Boundaries: Set Boundaries
Protect your precious time and energy. It’s important to learn how to say “no” to things that overextend you and instead make time for things that matter more. When you do this, you slow down life in a wonderful way. Creating boundaries and learning to say no also helps to bring your goals into sharper focus. You will feel happier and more productive!
Action: Take Action
The journey to find yourself begins with one step. We often lose our sense of identity while caring for others or just dealing with the normal hustle and bustle of life. It’s so important to take action to do the things that make you feel alive. Do you enjoy painting? Bike riding? Yoga? Reading a book? It’s up to YOU to make those joys come to light. Remember: Actions speak louder than words!
Power: Own Your Power
Every storm brings a fresh, new beginning. There will always be hurdles and struggles in life. We are always facing something, and because of this, it may feel like we lose our power during the extra tough times. Self-care is how you take your power back! It’s crucial not to forget about yourself along the way. Stay strong and diligent in taking care of YOU in order to weather every storm!
Blessings: Count Your Blessings
A grateful heart attracts more joy, love, and prosperity. The power of gratitude helps us express thankfulness and appreciation, which impacts the overall experience of happiness. A journal is a great way to jot down blessings that come to mind and reflect on them later on. Make a gratitude list or simply repeat affirmations to yourself that ground you. There is always something to be thankful for!
Dance: Step Into The Light
Share your gifts and talents with the world. Dancing to your favorite song is a great way to work out your body and release tension! Studies show that dance can help you lose weight, stay flexible, reduce stress, make friends, and so much more.
You can achieve a good dance session right in the comfort of your home, or you can look for a local dance class like Zumba. Dance is so much more than exercise – it’s about getting to know you. So dance like nobody’s watching and reap the many benefits that come along with it!
Dana Humphrey is an experienced Life Coach