11 Truly Relaxing Ways to Unwind and De-Stress After a Hard Day’s Work
If you’ve had a long day at work, the only thing you want to go back home to do is unwind and relax. For many people, this means reaching for a bottle of their favorite beer once they get home.
But what if you don’t drink or smoke? What can you do to relax in a truly healthy way? The good news is there are many different ways to de-stress. In fact, most people unwind differently.
In this post, we’ll be sharing some of the best ways to unwind so that your body truly recovers from the stress of the day. A good de-stressing routine will help you stay happier, be in a better mood, and allow you to do the best job you possibly can at work.
Listen to Great Music
Good music has always been known to trigger the release of endorphins into your bloodstream. Yet, this simple relaxation technique is easily overlooked. This is not surprising seeing as we live in an era where the average individual is exposed to excessive stimuli.
If you have a favorite playlist or music, by all means, click Play and relax. Remember to keep the volume down. Music in the home is best enjoyed and has the maximum effect at moderate volumes.
And if you’re tired of your current playlist, you can always explore some of the millions of new music tracks out there. Just remember that for relaxation, jazz RnB, and chill-pop music are by far, the most relaxing.
Put Your Phone Away
There are people who upon returning from work, pull out their phone and start scrolling through messages or their Instagram feeds. Stop doing that. All that blue light and stimulation isn’t good for your already overstressed mind and body.
Instead, put the phone aside. If you feel like you’ll always have some important or urgent messages, set aside 15-20 minutes to do that after you get home.
Then, either put it away or turn it off completely. The only condition in which you may use the phone immediately after getting home is if you need to talk to that special someone –because talking to them helps you unwind ;).
Do Some Arts and Crafts
Some people knit, some do pottery, some sculpt, some sow, while others make jewelry. Choose a craft that relaxes and soothes you. Your intended craft doesn’t have to be on this list.
Just choose one that works for you and enjoy the process. The focus and concentration that goes into some of these crafts have been known to ease tensions, and improve people’s sense of well-being.
Cook Your Favorite Meal
You probably don’t know this but, cooking is therapeutic –particularly when it‘s your favorite meal. The act of preparing the meal and the anticipation is often known to put people in a good mood.
And a good mood is the exact opposite of stress and anxiety. If you want, pour a glass of red wine while you waltz about the kitchen, putting the meal together. Some people like to put on some music while cooking too. If you haven’t tried that, you should –in addition to the wine of course ;).
Grab a Good Book
This can be fiction or non-fiction. Just make sure that it’s an entertaining book that allows for passive reading. Unlike formal textbooks and examination materials, most enjoyable reading materials are not meant to task the mind.
You’re supposed to have fun while you’re reading it. If you love reading –and by reading, we don’t mean the latest edition of Cosmo (not that we have anything against it), then, curling up on your favorite sofa, with a glass –or a bottle– of your favorite drink in one hand, and the book in the other will definitely help you unwind.
Take a Hot or Cold Bath
This depends on the weather. If it’s cold out there, then a hot bath is always great. In fact, a hot soak in a hot tub is always very soothing.
You’ll feel like all the grime and stress of the day are literally draining out of your pores. Some people like to drink some wine while they’re in the tub, others just want to be alone with their thoughts. Do what feels natural while you’re in there.
If there’s a partner who’s willing to get in there with you, even better. That’ll make the experience even more calming, as they can give you a foot rub, a scalp massage… or whatever you need ;).
Pull a Weighted Blanked Over Your Body
After you’re done having a bath and grabbing a bite, getting under a weighted blanket is like the icing on the cake.
Weighted blankets for some reason, are very soothing and comforting. They lead to better sleep and less stress. Some people like to curl up in bed with a good book under weighted covers and just enjoy the evening. You can too if you want.
Hang Out With Family and Friends
You can either stay with them in the living room, or relocate to the backyard, where you can sit around firepits, playing games, roasting s’more or marshmallows, and generally having a good time.
If you want, you can also watch a movie outdoors –all you need is a portable projector and a screen. Spending time with family and friends is a surefire way to relax at the end of the day. In fact, for many people, this is the best part of the day as you get to have a lot of fun while being with people you care about.
Have a Good Laugh
Comedy TV series, funny movies, late-night talk shows, and other funny items on TV can thoroughly relax you. This is because every time you laugh, your brain dumps loads of dopamine into your bloodstream, making you feel really good.
While the dopamine is floating around in your body, the cortisol –that’s the stress hormone– level reduces. One has to go for the other to be present. This is why you’ll find that you either feel good or bad most times; nothing in-between.
If you don’t know where to start with the comedies, just do a search on your favorite streaming services. Better still, search Google for some of the best comedies and go from there.
Use the Massage Chair
If you have one, definitely get on there. Not everyone can afford a massage chair. But if you can, definitely get one. And make sure to use it frequently. Another option is to get a masseuse to come give you a massage at home.
But that can get costly if you do it every night. So, maybe only do that once in a while. A less expensive option is to get a mani-pedi or giving your feet a lemon and honey foot bath. The act of trimming, filing, and polishing your nails is more than enough to get you relaxed. Plus, the honey and lemon mixture will help your feet look better.
Drink Some Tea, Warm Milk or Cocoa
Drink some green or black tea with lemon. These have abundant soothing properties and can put you to sleep. Also, if you’re not lactose-intolerant or allergic to dairy products, you should definitely drink a warm glass of milk at night.
This is a time-tested way to relax and get better sleep at night. If you don’t like the taste of milk, maybe add some cocoa to it. That will make it really tasty and easy to drink.
If you practice one or more of these tips every day, we guarantee that you’ll feel more relaxed after work, get the rest you need and enjoy better sleep. For fun, what we’ll recommend is to pick one every day until you find a routine that works best for you. This way, you can go through the list every 10 days or so, without being bored.