Whether in the office or at home, after you have worked all day, you might be tempted to just park on your couch and watch Netflix. While zoning in front of the TV can be a great way to relax, sitting still for extended periods might reinforce your own feelings of helplessness and exhaustion, particularly if this becomes your normal evening routine
To help your both mind and body relax and rejuvenate after a really long workday, we have found seven ideas on how you can enjoy your leisure time while improving your general wellness.
Exercising at the end of the workday is a perfect way to take your mind off work and relieve any stress you might experience. Don’t worry, you don’t necessarily need to engage in a high-energy workout after work – doing something less strenuous, like yoga or pilates, can still bring you benefits and help you relax.
Regular physical activity after work not only provides a signal for your mind that the workday is over but also stimulates the release of ‘feel-good’ endorphins, which will make you happier and more energetic and while also exhausting so you can relax in the evening and get a restful sleep.
Listen To A Podcast
Instead of letting your mind overthink work situations that might make you feel extra stressed or focus your attention on all the tasks you didn’t get done during the workday, consider listening to a podcast to allow the conversation to distract you. There are many (free) options out there, so choose the one you like to help you chill as well as also step up your career game in satirical, humorous or inspiring ways.
If you have listened to a podcast during pre-pandemic commute time, this is also a great way to mimic that transition and set aside some ‘me’ time, which is very important if you are struggling with your stress levels.
Prepare Your Favourite Beverage
Who doesn’t like curling in bed or on the couch with a good book and a hot cup of soothing tea when you are in dire need of some rest? In fact, different herbal teas are known to help relieve stress and anxiety, relieve tension and prepare you for a good quality sleep. When it comes to relaxation, chamomile, peppermint and lavender teas are considered the best options.
If you don’t feel like drinking tea, you can also make a decaf coffee, hot chocolate with whipped cream, or a cup of warm water mixed with a slice of lemon and a spoonful of honey – all are equally as delicious!
Include CBD Products Into Your Routine
With its natural effectiveness and potential benefits, this supplement can be a beneficial addition to your daily routine. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is thought to interact with certain receptors found all over the body as part of the complex, biological endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The main goal of this system is to regulate various processes, such as appetite, sleep, memory, immune response, stress, pain, etc., to help the body achieve homeostasis. Taking CBD oil is known to have a positive effect on the ECS, which usually results in lower anxiety and reduced pain levels, aiding in improving your general well-being and promoting needed rest.
What’s more, cannabidiol is available in a wide variety of formats, from CBD vape oil for your vape pen and edibles like gummies to calming bath bombs and traditional tinctures, allowing all users to find the right product for their individual preferences and fulfil their particular needs.
Devote Time For Hobby
In case you don’t have a hobby, you can pick something up or revisit an old one. For example, attend cooking lessons, learn to play a new instrument or try a painting class. Also, think of what you loved to do as a kid, like dancing, playing tennis or photography, and see if you can get back into it again. This activity should be leisurely, stress-free and not tiring. If the activity leads to more stress than relief, consider finding another exciting craft.
A new skill might be exactly what you need to break a regular workweek routine and have some change of scenario. Not to mention that you will also meet people outside of your normal circle, which is always a beneficial thing!
Keep A Journal
One of the best methods to deal with stress levels is to write in your journal about your concerns. Whether it is life in general or your work issues, journaling after work is a great way to give you the mental clarity to be able to fully relax.
By writing down all of these fears, concerns or issues on paper, journaling works as an outlet where you can write anything that bothers you or whatever is on your mind right now. This not only helps to connect with yourself but also slow down the cascade of your thoughts and get things off your head so you can finally rest.
Also, if you just can’t stop thinking about the essential tasks you need to do at work, consider getting them out of your head by writing a to-do list. But don’t be tempted to start the list – just write it and put it to one side. Consider that good preparation for the upcoming day and then let go until the working hours.
Spend Time Outside
In case you are someone who needs physical distance to disconnect from work, going for a walk after a long and tough day can make a big difference to your headspace – not only because it removes you from your work environment, but also it helps to relieve stress, improve your mood and even promote better quality sleep. Bonus points when taking some music, a close friend or a dog with you.