It can be hard to de-stress after a long day at work. I have days where my mind just keeps going and it’s hard to stop myself from overthinking.
When you’re relaxed, you’ll sleep better, are more productive and in a better mood so make sure to give relaxation the attention it deserves!
I now work for about four years and over time, I’ve discovered a number of things that really help me to de-stress and focus my mind on something else, letting go of work to give myself space to recharge. I’ve listed them for you below.
Leave work at work
One of the tricks that helps me most to stop thinking about work the moment I leave the office is making a to do list during the last 15 minutes of my day. I put the top 3-5 items I need to focus on the next day on there, so I can stop thinking about them to help myself not forgetting. It also helps the next morning when there’s a ready to go list to start with straight away.
Exercising after work helps me so much to unwind. I’m not a morning person so working out for me before I start my job is close to impossible, but I love to get a tough workout in after work. It’s not always easy to get myself to the gym so I take my workout clothes with me to the office. Going home to get changed first has never worked for me. Nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment and physical exhaustion when you get home after a good sweat session.
Do chores first
I can’t really relax when I know I need to do laundry or unload the dishwasher. I do those things first thing I get home, usually in between cooking, so that when I finish dinner all I have to do is put the plates in the dishwasher and then do what I feel like doing, not what has to be done.
Cooking for me is not a chore. I cook almost every day and I love it. It’s become a hobby that I thoroughly enjoy. When I cook, I need to focus on cutting veggies, seasoning, grilling and baking while getting the timing right so that everything is cooked to perfection at the same time. It takes my mind off of other things and good food makes me happy.
I’ve kickstarted my reading habit last year and since then, I’ve steadily been reading numerous books a year. I love to grab a book after dinner to read on the couch with a cup of tea (and a cheeky piece of chocolate). During the day I like to read self-development books, but at night I prefer to read novels. After a long day I just feel like my brain can’t take in any more information!
Depending on how tired my brain is, writing also helps me to relax. I prepare or write a post or I will just fiddle a bit with my blog. I don’t always want to do this as it can also get me really excited about stuff and then my brain wakes up again and I can’t sleep for a long time.
I know this is always recommended against. But sometimes, watching TV is the only thing I really want. I can’t do this five days in a row, but there are days that I want to indulge in an evening on the couch watching TV shows that are so easy to follow that it doesn’t matter if I’m on my phone half of the time (think Modern Family, Say Yes to the Dress, all MTV shows).
Most of the time I don’t have trouble relaxing after work. However, despite all the things I just mentioned, there are days where I just can’t relax enough to let go of work thoughts. But when this doesn’t happen too often, I’m okay with it. It just means you care right?
What do you do to relax after work? Does it take you a lot of effort or can you let go easily?