Totally Stressed? How to Relax At Home
Stressed. I used to be able to come home after I had a long day at work, and relax for the rest of day. But now since this damn menopause has started I have been having trouble letting the work day stress go. I am finding it increasingly difficult to leave the issues at the door. Oftentimes, it bothers me throughout the evening, even when I know it shouldn’t. Part of my mind realizes I have no need to be stressing long after a days work, but for some reason it is getting harder and harder to leave it alone.
While I am at work, I think about I plan to go home to do nothing. I picture yourself on the sofa, watching my favourite show with my guy. But is rarely goes as planned.
So I have had to come up with ways to really push myself to just relax.
It is tough to not get overwhelmed with stress from a lack of proper relaxation. Time is a major factor in all of this, but the thing is, you have to make time for relaxation and self-care. I cannot stress how important these tow things are for your over-all health.
To help you unwind your mind and body after a long day of work, I’ve listed 5 ways to help you relax after work.
Be sure to at least try these for at least 10 minutes a day.
5 WAYS TO RELAX AFTER WORK
Take a warm shower or bath
After dinner and a visit with my guy, maybe some Netflix the last thing I do before bed is to take a really hot bath. t feels so good to sit in the bubbles and let the tensions of the day float away. I look at it as a way of washing all of the tension from my body.
Water is on your skin has many great benefits. Warm water is good for getting your blood flowing which ultimately helps relieve muscle pain. When your tensed body feels the warm water, your temperature increases and allows your muscles to relax. Throw in some epson salts to relieve the stress in your muscles even further.
Love you downtime
There are usually one or two tasks that need to be done when I get home. Could be making supper, dishes, maybe some light tidying. I keep my house pretty clean so I usually don’t have a tn of things to do in the evening. That is what Saturday mornings are for. When we come home to a full list of chores, we automatically throw the option of self-care out of the window. Doing this makes it really hard for us to have time to do things for ourselves.
So even if you have a ton of things to do when you get home. Take a moment to breathe. There are some great free meditation aps you can download onto your phone. just sit for 10 minutes. Everything can wait.
If you have been reading my blog for a while now you know how important I think keeping a journal is. It is a great way to focus on all the happiness in your life. To pull your mind away from the stresses of the day. I understand that your tasks jump at you as soon as you walk through the door. It’s normal. But, if you could, just set aside a little time to engage in downtime. Try to do it before you start your tasks. Make downtime mandatory, daily.
Disconnect from work
I know you work really hard and you take your responsibilities seriously. That’s awesome. But, when you spend most, or all, of your time focusing on your work, you leave no room for you to take care of yourself. We have to learn disconnect from our work day and leave it at work. This makes it so much easier to be present at home when we’re at home.
When you leave work, leave your work—at work. Try not to think about any unfinished tasks, due dates or anything that involves work. Easier said than done on some days. But really try. Focus on your family, your partner, even your pet.
If you start to think of something from work, immediately change your attention to something that is in front of you. It can be an any of the above or anything that you presently see right in plain sight. Maybe it is the bracelet on your wrist your husband bought you for your 20th anniversary. Focus on what it is, and what it means to you. Once you get your mind off of the work task, you can go back to what you were doing before.
You can’t unwind if you’re still thinking about work while you’re at home. If you have a work phone, turn it off as soon as you get home. If you work from home, turn your computer and email alerts off. you are done work for the day!!!!
Exercise or go for a walk
I love my evening walk. Having a dog makes this kinda mandatory, but I thoroughly enjoy it. It gets me moving. I am out in the fresh air, and my dog usually does something to make me laugh or giggle. It is a good feeling.
Exercise is great for reducing stress levels. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins which helps you feel happier and less stressed. Exercising can also help you sleep better at night. If that’s not enough, exercise is essential for your overall well being.
Pick up a hobby
A relaxing hobby can help you get your mind off of work in a very positive way. Try reading, writing, yoga, scrap booking, painting, crafting, or gardening. Choose a relaxing hobby that you enjoy doing and will help put you at ease.
If you’re having a difficult time coming up with a hobby, take a trip down memory lane. Think about things you enjoyed doing as a kid. For me, I love writing. It is the reason I started this blog. It is my escape. It takes me away from my day job and allows me to be creative in a different way.
There are plenty of things that you can do to help you relax after a long day. You just have to find what works for you. It may take some practice to make these things a habit. Habits usually do. Be patient with yourself. Our hormones at this stage of life are all over the damn place. Some days will be easier than others, Just keep trying. Be consistent with it and you will be able to add relaxing to your daily schedule and forget the work day woes.
How do you relax after work?
Loving life one day at a time!