For most of us, work takes up the better part of our day. After a stressful day at the office, we arrive home agitated, tired, and practically starved for some affection. Unless you want these negative feelings to rule your personal life, you need to take enough time to relax at home. Relaxing after work will not only soothe your pains – it’ll leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and a much happier person overall.
In today’s post, we bring to you 7 of the most effective ways to relax after work, some of which you’ve probably never even heard of!
1. Draw a beautiful bubble bath
Only the exhausted employee with aching feet and tired eyes can truly appreciate the comfort and relaxation of a glorious bath at the end of the day. Now, we don’t mean just any bath mind you: the perfect bubble bath has to have plenty of glorious suds, a soothing smell, just the right temperature of warm water, and some light music in the background to complete the picture. Invest in some good-quality, fragrant bath salts and enjoy the pleasure they bring at the end of the day.
2. Smell oranges
This may seem strange, but heck strange is what today’s post is for. Research has proved that sniffing a gorgeous citrusy orange can help soothe your frayed nerves. This is applicable to many popular citrus fruits. Citrus oils, citrus candles, citrus perfumes – for many people these products are a big help in the work stress-relief department.
There really is no better way to rejuvenate your energy compared to sleep. When your tired body gets home after working all day, the first natural thing it craves is rest. For some of us however, this can be quite a daunting task. To help you fall asleep better, remove distractions (phones, laptops, TV, etc.) that may hamper your sleep. Clean up your bed, and switch off the lights. A scented candle or light music can help you too if you like them. Moreover, if you’re too wired up to sleep, light reading before bedtime can help you wind down.
There truly is nothing that a good, strong tea can’t cure. After a long day at work, put the kettle to a boil and bring out your favorite brew of tea. The fragrance of the herb will quickly begin to calm your senses, and paired with a good movie, and some biscuits or cake as a snack, the tea can make you feel right as rain.
5. Yoga and Meditation
Meditation is a great way to channel negative energy (like stress) into positive feelings. It does not simply mean sitting with your legs crossed and chanting “ooohm’! There are amazing meditation tapes available online which you can simply sit in silence and listen to. That is what meditation truly is: clearing your mind and then filling it with positivity. If you’re looking for a more active method to relax, then practicing yoga is the better option. All you need are some loose clothes and a yoga mat to get started; all the other materials to help you begin are available on YouTube online. The postures in yoga pull at specific stress muscles to heal your body of pains you may have experienced at work.
For people who are confined to a desk job (long hours of continuous sitting involved), yoga can truly do a ton of benefits for your body. Not only will it improve your health, it will also leave your mind fresh and rejuvenated.
6. Read a Book
When done properly, something as simple as curling up with your favorite book can bring a world of comfort to you. Slip into your softest clothes and bundle up under blankets. Keep your phone a good distance away so that there are no distractions from the internet to disrupt your peace. Then simply pick up your favorite novel, or maybe that new paperback you bought and begin reading! Getting lost among beautiful words is the best way to escape the stress of reality. No matter how old you get, a good book will never let you down.
7. Learn something new
For most of us, work is something we do out of necessity. Only a few are blessed with true love for what we professionally do. In your free time, invest in learning something for your pleasure. Enroll in a cooking class or take piano lessons just for the fun of it. There are millions of hobbies a person can take up for happiness and you won’t find your one unless you try them all :)
To finish off, knowing how to relax is just as important as knowing how to work. Try the methods in today’s post and let us know how it goes!