Many people find it difficult to unwind at the end of a long and stressful day. This is especially true when we have responsibilities in the home, such as looking after the family. Some may even find they are spending their evenings preparing for the next day of work, but without a healthy balance of downtime, both our physical and mental wellbeing will suffer. The best way to unwind after work is to fully disconnect, turn off your work phone, stop checking your emails, and designate a period of time which is just for you. How you choose to use that time is up to you, but here are some effective ideas to help you unwind after work.
Take a Warm Bath or Shower
Water can have a calming effect on both our mind and our body, especially if our muscles are tense after a long day. Whether it’s a long soak in an Epsom salt bath with music and candles or a hot shower, try splashing yourself with some cold water afterward to reenergize your body.
Try playing some repetitive games either on your phone, on a game console or the more relaxed, traditional board games if you’re living with others. You could even place a bet on the lottery with LottoGo. After all, there’s always a chance you could get lucky and not need to go back into work tomorrow!
Do Some Exercise
Exercise is a great way to release the tensions of the day, boost your endorphins (the ‘happy hormone’), clear your mind, and tire yourself out before bed. It’s been well-documented that more active people are less prone to stress and have healthier sleep routines, so find something you enjoy – either by yourself or with others – and spend 30-40 minutes working on your health rather than your career.
If your job means that you’re pent up inside all day then some fresh air and sunshine could be the perfect change of scenery. While a walk in nature will combine this with the exercise we’ve just mentioned, simply some time in your own back garden will also do the trick when trying to shake off the workplace.
Read a Good Book
Escapism is what we’re after when we get home from a tough day and there’s no better way to achieve this that getting lost in a good book. Engaging our brains with a gripping storyline or a well-written character can also give our brains a great mental workout. If you’re not a fan of reading them try watching a couple of episodes of a TV series, but bear in mind that it’s best to avoid technology and screens for at least 30 minutes before you intend to go to bed.
Listen to Music
Listening to music can have a real impact on our mood and, if you choose the right type of music, can help you to disconnect from the stress of work. Calm and soothing music will slow your heartbeat and your breathing, while loud and fast music may leave you feeling wound up. Unless, of course, you’re someone who likes to blow off steam with some air guitar and heavy rock while venting your frustrations – because that can work too!
Practice Mindfulness and Meditation
Some people hear the word ‘meditation’ and presume it means sitting cross-legged on the floor and chanting, but in reality it can be as simple as finding a place of serenity and peace, putting your feet in a footbath, lighting some scented candles and letting your mind relax. More formal meditation can work for lots of people and there are plenty of meditation guides to help you get started.