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Build Your Relaxation Muscles

Let's be honest: work can be stressful. You might feel more anxious if you work in a career that frequently involves stressful situations. There are lots of ways to unwind after a demanding day at work, and lots of reasons to do so. It doesn't matter which you choose, but it's crucial that you commit to chill out.
WHY YOU SHOULD RELAX

BETTER MENTAL HEALTH
Making time to decompress after work can help you relax and divert your attention from your work-related obligations. Essentially, using this time allows you to relax after a busy workweek.

BETTER PHYSICAL HEALTH
Unwinding can help you minimize stress and unfavorable thoughts, both of which have potential health issues.

BETTER DECISION-MAKING
Mellowing out at the end of a long day at work can give you a fresh perspective for the coming workday. Making significant judgments is simpler after your rational mind has returned to the workplace.

10 GREAT WAYS TO DESTRESS

1. UNPLUG

I dare you to turn off your phone as soon as you get home. It will feel strange at first, but you'll get used to it! Unplugging from the outside world establishes boundaries between your personal life and work. By doing this, you can prevent yourself from receiving emails that might tempt you to work after-hours. You can get better sleep and give your eyes a rest from gazing at a screen all day if you put your phone away before bed.


2. READ

After a difficult day at work, escape from reality by picking up a book. Reading can relieve stress and take your mind off any anxiety related to work while also providing entertainment. Other advantages of reading include potential enhancements to memory and attention span.

3. BREATHE

Spend a few minutes breathing deeply if you're feeling exhausted after a long day at work. By increasing the interval between your inhalation and exhalation, lengthen each breath. You can feel more at ease and in the moment by taking a few deep breaths.



4. LISTEN TO MUSIC

After work, spend some time listening to your favorite song, album, or playlist. Find a musician whose music speaks to you and soothes you. Additionally, you can choose music that improves your mood or soothing music that will help you fall asleep.

5. MOVE YOUR BODY

Including exercise in your weekly regimen will help you feel better and reduce anxiety. To get some fresh air and unwind, think about going for a run, a bike ride, or just a stroll through your neighborhood. If you want to multitask, listen to your favorite music or a podcast while doing out. To concentrate on being present while you exercise, you can also leave your phone at home. Joining a fitness class can help you meet new people in your neighborhood if you prefer a group activity.



6. BE STILL

Think about using meditation to reset your brain. You might experience less tension and anxiety after doing some meditation. Try different meditation techniques for a few minutes, such as focusing on your emotions or clearing your thoughts.

7. HAVE A RELAXING BATH

After work, take a warm bath or a hot shower to release any tension. While hot water from a shower might help ease your muscles, warm water can help you relax. To make your bathing experience more calming, add Epsom salts and fill the bathroom with candles. (And if you have kids, lock the door!)

8. CREATE

Spend some time making to help you let go of any negative energy and get back to enjoying yourself. After work, think of knitting, painting, drawing, or creating jewelry. You can develop your creative thinking skills and relieve daytime stress by engaging in these activities.



9. JOURNAL

Consider keeping a journal where you may write down your emotions. To help you analyze and let go of your feelings, write about your objectives. You can better understand yourself, your emotions and your relationships. It also helps resolve any problems you're having, because you can "talk them out" (with yourself, on paper).

10. BAKE

This will absolutely help, but I have to admit that I mainly just wanted to add a picture of cake. Because cake is delicious. Many people make sweets to help them relax after a stressful day and to reduce stress. Plan a time to employ your baking prowess and take into account any recipes you want to test. If you're feeling nice, you could even take the finished product to work the next day (after you've eaten a big piece, of course). Or not.

The next time you feel like your head will pop from stress, do yourself (and everyone around you) a favor and try out some of the de-stressors above. And give us a call if you bake that cake. We'll be right over. Cheers!