You may love your job to pieces, but all of us need to take a little time to step back from work mode, relax and reload. Giving yourself an opportunity to unwind will make you better, more efficient at work I daresay. So try out the following 7 things to help you take a load off.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re physically at your office or somewhere else, you are always at work since you are always connected via mobile. Therefore, in order to actually unwind after work, you need to disconnect your addicted self from all of your connecty devices. Lock them in the room, step away, and breathe. There you go.
Walk it out
It is truly amazing what a nice long walk to nowhere can do for the mind. Just lace up those sneakers and walk without any particular aim, be in the moment, observe the people and just be. An hour long walk can provide your mind with all sorts of space to relax, do cartwheels and do some freewheeling thinking.
Ok not really, but a drink with friends after a long day at work is really quite relaxing. The key part is meeting up with people that you know and love, and who you can be completely yourself with. Having a chat with someone that cares about you can have a wonderfully rejuvenating affect. The drink that comes along with meeting friends for drinks is just an added bonus.
Fill up that bathtub, add an essential oil that promotes relaxation like lavender, and let it all hang out. A long hot bath after a day of good, solid work cannot – CANNOT – be beat. Now, if you want to take things to a super, duper, ultra-relax level than light up some candles, put on some soul music and I challenge you to try and wipe that smile off your office.
Beat that heart
It may seem as though the last thing you want to do after a long day at work is exercise, but that is just the fat kid inside of you speaking. Working out after a long day at work helps you relax in a different way. You get your heart pumping, the endorphins get flowing and you feel a completely different kind of high that will ultimately relax you in the evening.
Pour yourself a glass of wine and whip up a gourmet dinner. Yes, this is indeed quite relaxing. Instead of rushing to throw something together, make making a meal an event in itself. Do this with your significant other or a friend. Enjoy conversation, sauté those garlic and onions, give them a little wine too and design a gourmet signature dish of your own. Using your hands to create something is ultimately a very relaxing experience when you’re not in a rush to get it done.
A great way to wrap up the day is by taking a little trip into your indoor mental space. Give yourself a boost by doing some meditation. There are numerous methods you can choose, one of the best ones is simple deep breathing and allowing yourself to work your way from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet mentally. Calming your inner self through meditation is a great way to unwind and also to rejuvenate for the next day.
Written by Joti Heir.