Some days are worse than others, but either way, you need ways to relax and de-stress when you return home.
Ignoring your stress and not taking the proper time to relax can have long-term negative impacts on your mental and physical health.
Continued stress can lead to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as impair your memory and concentration. Stress can also cause irregular sleep patterns and insomnia.
Over time, stress can also affect your physical well-being, causing headaches, muscle tension, weight gain, digestive issues, heart problems, and high blood pressure.
Unfortunately, there is no workers’ compensation for stress. If you find yourself overly stressed at work but cannot fix the issue directly, it is crucial that you find ways to relax and de-stress after you get home.
Relieving your stress after work will help you avoid some of these issues in the long-run.
Heading to the gym or out for a walk after a long day of work may not appeal to everyone, but physical exercise is a great way to relieve some stress and unwind your brain.
Many people find great relief from stress in the gym because it is a time when no one can bother them. Listen to music, a podcast, or an audiobook and get your body moving.
If you’re out of shape or simply don’t enjoy exercising that much, there are lots of ways to be active and release some endorphins. Taking a walk, gardening, biking, swimming, and even light house cleaning are good options for being active.
If you are someone who sits at work all day, coming home and sitting down again may not be the best way for you to clear your head. Getting in some light exercise is also important for your physical health, which will make you feel more balanced and relaxed.
Unplug and Do Nothing
Sometimes, leaving work at the office and not bringing it into our homes can be difficult, especially today when our coworkers are just a phone call or message away.
It is essential to prioritize your time off and take a break from your work, especially if you find yourself stressed out. Simply doing nothing for just 10 minutes when you first get home will help your mind reset.
You can also try meditating to focus your mind on calming down. There are lots of helpful guided meditations online if you aren’t sure where to start on your own.
If meditating doesn’t seem to be working for you, try shutting off your phone for an hour or more, and focus on enjoying your own company. When we are stressed at work, it can be helpful to spend some time alone.
Read or Watch TV
Usually, our responsibilities do not end when we get home; there are things that have to get done throughout the week, and then you have to prepare for tomorrow.
Jumping right into your chores as soon as you get home can extend your feelings of stress throughout the rest of your evening.
Instead of waiting until you’re about to go to bed to reward yourself with some entertainment, sit down and enjoy a book or episode of television before you get started on your work.
By taking that time when you first get home to do something enjoyable, you will find that the rest of your responsibilities feel less daunting. It is nice to have a break within your day to do something you enjoy.
Make Dinner Simple
Many people find cooking relaxing, but for some, it can be just another chore. Planning quick, simple meals for your week ahead of time will make the process easier and also take the pressure off of you.
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Remember that everything does not have to be perfect; it is okay to choose easy over healthy or gourmet here and there if it means you have more time to relax after work.
If you come home from work feeling extra stressed one day, remember that not cooking is okay, too and the most important thing is that you are getting proper nutrients to fuel your body for the next day. Reward yourself for a hard day’s work by getting take-out sometimes.
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