I don’t know about you guys, but lately, I’ve been coming home from work EXHAUSTED!
Now in the past, I used to just suck it up. I used to tell myself that this was my life and that I had to keep going.
But over the past few months, I’ve realized that if I want to continue to kick-ass at work, I need to make my health and well-being a priority. I need to take time to relax when I get home, time to unwind and de-stress.
Gosh, life was so much simpler when we were younger! After school, I’d go home and relaxing is all I had to do!
But as an adult, it’s been a little harder. It’s been hard to relax after work. I’d get home and think about the five thousand different projects I wanted to get started on or finally complete, so relaxing wasn’t something I was totally comfortable with. So if that sounds familiar and you need some help in the relaxing department, here ten easy ways to relax after a long day at work.
CHANGE INTO COMFY CLOTHES
There’s nothing better than getting home from work and changing into a comfy t-shirt or my favorite pair of sweatpants. Changing out of my work clothes tells my brain that it’s time to relax, and that I can enjoy a few hours to myself, without the stress of work weighing on my shoulders.
UNPLUG FOR A COUPLE HOURS
I’m on my phone all day long, and if I’m not on my phone, I’m on my computer. I’m answering e-mails, returning voicemails, processing paperwork, so when I get home, my brain needs a break. I’m legit sick of my phone by the time I get home, so I’ve been making an effort to unplug for a couple of hours. I’ll leave my phone in my bedroom for an hour or two and I’ll go out to the family room to do anything other than check my social media. This has helped my sanity tremendously.
After a long day at work, it’s so great to spend a few minutes meditating. Now I’m no meditating expert, but I do make it a habit of sitting on the floor for five minutes, doing nothing. I just focus on my breathing and I give thanks for the day I just had. But if you’re not a fan of meditating or you’re just not ready for it, do some yoga or at the very least, stretch. Chances are, you’ve been sitting on your butt all day long, and your body needs some stretching. Trust me, you’ll feel SO MUCH BETTER!
READ A BOOK
One of my favorite things to do after a long day at work is to curl up on the couch with a good book. I’m notorious for buying 15 books at a time and never getting around to reading them, so I’m trying to get through a whole bunch of new books I have sitting on my desk. This is definitely a good way to get your mind off work and to focus on something you really enjoy.
TAKE A BUBBLE BATH
I swear, I think my bath tub is my favorite part of my house. If it wasn’t for the fact that you get all wrinkly after sitting in the tub for a while, I think I’d stay in there for hours at a time. After a super stressful day at work, walking around in uncomfortable shoes, there’s nothing like slipping into a hot bubble bath. I use two different kinds of soaking baths- eucalyptus and lavender– and both are amazing for helping me achieve a few minutes of pure relaxation.
LISTEN TO RELAXING MUSIC
Am I the only nerd over here who loves listening to relaxing music? Well if I am, that’s totally fine because I’m telling you, it helps me unwind SO MUCH! I’ll open up Spotify on my iPad and I’ll type in something like “Relaxation Music” or “Spa Music” and just like that, I really do feel like I’m at a spa or in the middle of a forest or at the beach somewhere totally stress-free. LOVE THIS!
USE ESSENTIAL OILS
Right before bed I turn on my diffuser that I fill with lavender essential oil and not only does it relax me, but it helps me fall asleep in no-time.
After a long day at work, I love running over to the kitchen and lighting candles. It really sets the tone for the evening and it helps me remember to take it easy. It tells my brain that the rest of the night is for unwinding and I don’t know why, but it seems to have helped with my anxiety a bit.
DO SOMETHING CRAFTY
You guys know how much I love crafting and DIY projects. Dude- it’s so soothing! So go grab yourself an adult coloring book or make yourself a sugar-scrub. Just find something crafty that you like and try doing it at least once a week.
ENJOY A GLASS OF WINE
The BEST way to relax after a long day at work? How about a glass of wine? That’s my go-to drink lately.
Any other suggestions? How do you relax after a long day? Let me know in the comments!
Love & Sparkle,