We all have those days where stress at work leaves us feeling overwhelmed and both mentally and physically exhausted. Fortunately, I have for you today 6 tried and true ways to help you de-stress from your day.
6 Ways to De-Stress from Your Work Day
If you’re wondering where I’ve been lately, let me just start off by saying that these past several weeks have been non-stop go, go, go at work, which unfortunately has led to a lot of stressful days and nights. On top of that, Saturday night consisted of a scary run to the E.R. with our youngest, who had to have stitches on his ear. Add in the fact that he just turned 5 years old which means he’ll be starting school this fall, and officially means my babies aren’t babies anymore. 🙁
Needless to say, my stress levels have been a bit above average lately and I’ve really had to put in a concerted effort to figure out ways to relax. While it’s completely natural to have a small amount of stress in our lives, high stress levels can be detrimental to our health and can negatively impact all areas of our life. When I feel myself getting overwhelmed from everything, these 6 activities help me to relax to better face the challenges ahead, and are great de-stressors. So if you also struggle with keeping your stress levels low, read ahead and find out ways to reduce your worries and ease the tension!
Whether it’s kickboxing, pilates, yoga, running, or even just walking your dog around the neighborhood, physical activity has been proven to help improve your overall health and well-being and can help you successfully manage your stress. Working out is beneficial in releasing any bottled up aggression you may have and can help you mentally clear your head. When I feel frustrated from my day, I personally love doing a good kickboxing workout like this one, but ultimately I encourage you to do what makes you feel the best. Afterwards, not only will you feel better, but you will also have a clearer picture of how to tackle whatever issues that may be facing you.
Listen to Music
Did you know that listening to music can help keep depression and anxiety at bay? Listening to music can also lower your blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack, and ultimately help ease tension. The words in songs can also help us cope with issues in our life and understand how to appropriately handle situations. Music is good for both the body and mind, and listening to your favorite artists/songs is a sure-fired way to help you relax and toss your blues away. I personally start my day off by walking 1,000 steps around the perimeter of my building, while listening to some feel good music. Not only am I getting in healthy physical activity, but it also puts me in a good mood which in turn helps me better focus on the tasks ahead of me.
Take a Relaxing Bath
At the end of your day, instead of just quickly hopping in and out of the shower, light some candles, grab some bath salts and bubbles, and run yourself a nice, warm bath. Taking an extra 15-20 minutes to really slow down and relax in a warm bath can help ease your tension and stress. Another good tip is to use an aromatherapy bubble bath to help you relax for sleeping. My favorites are the Dr. Teal’s Sooth and Sleep with Lavender and Dr. Teal’s Relax and Relief with Spearmint.
Watch TV/ Read a Book
Have a favorite show that always puts you in a good mood? Or how about a book that you literally get lost in when reading? Finding simple distractions such as watching television or reading a book can help take your mind off of whatever stressful events have occurred during the day, and can help put you in a better frame of mind. I always enjoy watching a light-hearted comedy such as Friends or reading a good novel that provides me an escape from reality. (Leave me some book recommendations in the comments!)
Disconnect from Technology
Don’t get me wrong, I think we all love technology, but sometimes social media, cell phones, and the internet are the furthest things from helping us successfully de-stress. While some individuals may find it helpful to talk to someone after a stressful day, others might benefit from a short break from the outside world. Turning off your cell phone and avoiding social media until you feel better, might just be the cure that you were looking for.
Indulge in Chocolate
When all else fails, indulging in a small treat can help comfort us from a rough day. Eating a small amount of dark chocolate has even been proven to lower our stress hormone levels and can stimulate an increase in endorphins, which makes us happier. I’m not saying eat a whole Hershey’s bar or anything, but a little piece of dark chocolate can go a long way in making you feel better. And seriously, who doesn’t love chocolate from time to time?
So there you have it- 6 ways to de-stress from your work day and activities that will help put you in a better mood. I hope these tips are helpful in decreasing your stress levels and helping you after a chaotic day, week, or month! What other tips do you have for de-stressing? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by!- Cara