Rough day? We’ve all been there. You just want to come home, kick off your shoes, plop down on the couch and never move. It’s tempting to glue ourselves to the TV, our phone, or to another mindless activity- but what’s really the best way to unwind and relax after a long day?
Often times it’s better to unplug and remove the distractions, rather than embrace them. Today I’m sharing a couple of ways you can relax after a long day.
Unplug. Come home and stash your tech. Ditch the phone, TV, and tablet in favor of another activity. Make sure your alerts are turned off as well so you won’t hear notification pings for texts or emails from the other room.
Move. Exercise does wonders for relieving stress and improving our mood. Going for a run or a walk after a rough day can give you a chance to clear your mind before facing the rest of the week. I love practicing yoga because it’s a great way to move and exercise while focusing on calm breaths that soothe and relax my mind.
Take a bath. Doing something to pamper yourself a little is a great way to step back from the day and focus on some you time. Not a bath person? Take a long, hot shower. I love tossing a shower melt into the bottom of my shower to step up the relaxation factor after a particularly difficult day. They add a spa-like quality to my showers without using up all the bath water.
Meditate. Take 10 minutes to clear your mind. This is another reason I love yoga. Half way through class I’ve forgotten about previous stressful events from my work day. Even if you’re new to meditation, set the timer for 5 minutes of quiet time. Sit still and focus on taking deep, cleansing breaths. This will help to refocus your mind, hopefully on more positive things.
Make dessert. Personally, I’m all about baking cookies. Baking dessert is purely pleasure-based. It’s not a necessity like dinner. It’s a just-for-fun indulgent act, which activates the brain in a mood-enhancing way. Baking is another way to clear the mind and focus on a positive outcome. Sharing the leftovers: optional.
Pour a glass of wine. If all else fails- let there be wine! 😉 Whether it was a good long day or a difficult long day, having a glass of wine with or after dinner is a lovely way to unwind.
How do you unwind after a long day? Is there something specific you do to blow off steam at the end of a particularly difficult day? How do you avoid destructive habits like overeating or filling your online shopping cart?