5 Tips on How To Relax After A Long Day At Work
How many of us genuinely take the time to unwind after a demanding and exhausting day at work? Not enough of us, probably. We may feel as if we are constantly on the move, especially if we own our own business. We may feel guilty for taking a break and relaxing. We come in, grab some food, and hit the sack, before starting again the next day. Eat, sleep, work, repeat.
The problem is that by living like this, you will eventually see a toll on your mental and physical health, and will end up burning out. Here, we look at some tips to help you relax after a long and busy day at work.
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How to Relax #1 – Turn your phone off
We are all inextricably linked to our phones. According to a recent study, we check our phones 110 times per day on average, with some people checking them every six seconds in the evening. It is tricky to unwind as a result of this. Try turning your phone off or putting it out of your reach at least one hour before going to bed, and avoid browsing through social media while in bed. This breaks the link that can keep you awake at night thinking and feeling overwhelmed and swamped. The light produced by the phone is also detrimental to good sleep.
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How to Relax #2 – Cuddle up to your loved ones
Whether it is your husband or wife, partner, kids, or even four-legged canine companions, a cuddle on the couch in front of a film can be just what you need to calm down and forget about the busy workday. Choose a movie or your favourite box set, a blanket, your favorite snacks, and relax for a couple of hours, forgetting about the world around you.
How to Relax #3 – Relax in the bath or take a long, hot shower
A hot shower or bath is one of the best ways to relieve stress and tension, as well as soothe muscles that are tired and burdened from a long day, such as the neck and shoulders. As the hot water surrounds your body, your mind will roam, becoming much more receptive and innovative. You may find that you begin to think about work again – but come up with creative solutions to the problems that are causing you any issues during the normal working day.
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How to Relax #4 – Go outside
Have you ever wondered why rehab centers and wellness retreats are located in the middle of the natural environment? It is because the great outdoors is extremely beneficial to both the mind and the body. A gentle stroll or power walk, or even just relaxing in your garden with a coffee for a few minutes can help you to refocus your mind, put things into a new perspective and relax.
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How to Relax #5 – Practice mindfulness and meditation
Meditation is a method of mind training. Most of the time, our minds are wandering — we are worrying, fantasizing, fretting, or daydreaming, or we are thinking about the future, dwelling on the past. The simple art of breathing can help us meditate, serene sounds, meditative music and blissful scenery can also help.
Meditation returns us to the present moment and provides us with the tools we need to be less stressed, calmer, and kinder to ourselves and others.
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