There are moments when you go through long and hectic days at the office. Whether you were working on a special project or have a day filled with meetings, you get home and feel completely exhausted by work. And if you are a stay-at-home-parent, every day can feel both long and hectic.
At the end of the day, you slow down and maybe, just maybe, crash on your couch and start thinking about the next day. And as you sit there, you realize you should not be thinking about anything at all, especially work. Yet find your mind racing nonstop. If this happens to you more often than you like, then you need to find ways to unwind after a long and hectic day.
1. Take a Walk.
One of the first things you can do to relax is to take a 30-minute walk outside. Fresh air and deep breaths while walking can take your mind off of things. Plus, the change in scenery resets your mind and makes you feel better about the rest of your day. One positive benefit is that it is also good for your health. Sometimes sitting stationary at a desk can cause a lot of tension in the body and walking will help relieve some of that tension.
Meditation is a great way to unwind after a long day, which is why some people seek an evening yoga class. It allows you to clear your mind from unnecessary thoughts and refocus them on healthy ones. Also, meditation will give you a fresh perspective on things and allow you to feel more at peace. It rests your thoughts and relieves you of the stress you’ve been holding on to the entire day. You can also soothe the atmosphere by burning candles, diffusing essential oils, or playing music.
It is a proven fact that exercise helps you unwind after a long day and it does not have to necessarily be strenuous. Exercise really gets your blood pumping, therefore benefiting your entire circulatory system and releasing stress-relieving endorphins. It will also make you feel less lethargic.
4. Indulge in Entertainment.
Entertainment is a great way to relieve stress after a hectic day. You could try bingeing your favorite television show, watch a movie, watch your favorite sport, or meeting up with friends for a happy hour. Doing this allows you to shift your thoughts and forget about your work day by allowing something else to fill that space of thought.
5. Take a Long Bath.
Taking a long, hot bath in aromatic bath oils or bath bombs is a great way to unwind after a long day. Lighting candles and mixing bath oils in the water can create a soothing environment for destressing. After all, aromatherapy is called therapy for a reason. Spending time alone taking deep, reflective breaths to inhale the essential bath oils will definitely clear your thoughts and free your mind.
One last way to unwind after a long day is to go to bed early. Having the proper amount of rest will lower your blood pressure and give your mind the rest it needs after a long day. You will definitely feel better in the morning. Before going to bed, you can also plug in a diffuser with scented oils that contain a relaxing essential oil (like lavender or eucalyptus) to help you relax before falling asleep. Just like the bath oils, you can relax you, so can the same oils outside of the bath.
The goal of unwinding is to allow yourself a moment to relax and release after a long day. It is also a way of incorporating a balance to your life. It is actually better for your mental, emotional, and physical health.