5 Ways to Unwind After a Stressful Work Day

Unwind After a Stressful Work Day

The key to maintaining good mental health after enduring a stressful day at work is by taking the time to unwind and care for yourself. Sometimes, work can be so draining that you just want to come home and sleep or mindlessly watch TV. While resting is important, it is equally as important to practice intentional methods of self-care to make sure you are actually ridding your mind and body of the day’s stress before waking up and going back to work the following morning.

Whether you work as a Starbucks barista or work for Provider’s Choice Scribe Services, the stress you endure during a workday can take a toll on both your mental and physical health.

Here are some easy tips for de-stressing after a long day at work.

1.  Exercise

Diverse couple doing lunges with dumbbells in gym

Although hitting the gym might seem like the last thing you want to do after a long, tiring day at the office, the endorphins your body releases during a workout can rid you of anxiety and boost your mood. If you don’t feel like doing a high-intensity workout, try going for a run or walking outside (studies have shown that getting outside is also good for improving mental health and alleviating anxiety). Moving your body for just a few minutes will make a huge difference in your mood and stress levels overall.

2.  Journal

Getting your thoughts out on paper is one of the most effective ways to clear your mind and relieve stress. Your journal is a safe place to vent about stressors both in and out of the office. Plus, writing down your goals or even daily to-do lists can help hold you accountable for achieving or completing them. Take the time to journal when you get home to ensure you aren’t carrying any unnecessary workplace stress for the rest of your night.

3.  Take a Hot Bath

woman taking Hot Bath

Relax your body and mind with a calming bath. Pour in a cup of Epsom salt to relax tense muscles, and use a scented body oil or bubble bath to allow the relaxing effects of aromatherapy to put your mind at ease. For extra relaxation, light some candles and play some peaceful music. This will give you nearly all of the relaxation of a spa treatment without having to leave your house!

4.  Watch a Comfort Show

Instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media, leave your phone across the room while you put on a favorite show or movie that will distract your brain without requiring too much thought.

5.  Call a Friend

Two Female Friends Relaxing On Sofa At Home With Glass Of Wine Talking Together

To boost your mood and ease feelings of isolation while allowing yourself space to decompress at home, arrange a call or Facetime with a close friend. Chat about what’s bothering you at the office or just give yourself a distraction from stress by talking about something else. Reaching out to friends is sure to improve your mood in no time.

Taking the time for intentional self-care after work is important in preventing continued anxiety or burnout from the repetitive stress of your work life. Making time for yourself is important, and these 5 tips are an easy place to start.

Article Submitted By Community Writer

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