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How do you feel when you return from work every evening? Do you feel drained and exhausted? This life of a nine to five worker. We all can relate. Usually, you’ll find out when you get home, you just want take a shower, eat, and jump into bed. This is a common theme for everybody because most do not take time to de-stress.
But how’s that working for you? Do you wake up feeling recharged and gearing to go again the next morning? Or do you struggle to drag yourself out of bed and to work?
I’m sure it’s more of the latter. Alas, I’m going to teach you a couple of tricks you can use to de-stress once you get back from work so you won’t keep feeling the effect of the long day you’ve had.
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1. Get a Dog and Go for a Walk
I know it actually sounds counterintuitive asking you to do something as strenuous as walking after a long day at the office. However, that’s actually what you need the most. In addition to being good for your health, it’s well documented that exercises, like walking, help relieve stress. If you don’t believe me, you can confirm it here on the Mayo Clinic website.
To make walking even more effective for you, go with dogs like Golden Doodle puppies. These designer dogs are the perfect walk mate. The number of positive stares, random greetings, and good vibes you’ll get while walking with them will surely lift your mood and help relieve stress.
2. Make Spa Night a Daily Routine
Many of us only reserve spa nights for special occasions. But who said it had to be so? Why can’t we have a spa night every other day? Of course you can and it’s even a great way to de-stress after a long day at work.
Don’t know how to prepare a nightly spa routine? First of all, if you feel like your stress levels are taking a toll on you and you live in a state where medicinal marijuana is legal, like Georgia, you could look into getting a medical marijuana certification online in order to keep stress at bay. Take a page from my playbook and include any or all of the following elements in your routine:
● CBD topical: Alleviates pain, stress and aids with sleep issues.
● Essential oils: Renowned for soothing pain and relieving stress
● Skincare routine: Creates a ritual that makes you feel and look great.
● Yoga mat: Helps clear the mind and relax every tense muscle.
● Sufficient sleep: Who doesn’t like a good night’s sleep?
3. Music Can Help You De-Stress
Music is like a balm to the heart. Most especially, the low tune and slow tempo ones. Especially, anytime you’re feeling stressed, tensed, or uneasy after work, just lie in bed, turn on your music player, and listen to some nice, cool music. In no time, you’ll feel some changes in your mood and stress level.
Additionally, listening to music with slower tempos helps you take a load off after a tough day of work, according to research from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Note: It’s important to stick with slower tempo songs, as high tempo music can have a counter effect.
4. Relax for a Few Hours
One of the biggest mistakes many of us make after a strenuous day at the office is confining ourselves to the four walls of our homes. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying it’s bad to stay indoors.
However, sometimes it helps to spend some quality time outdoors with friends. The laughs, gist, and feel-good vibes can help you unwind. Laughter, in particular, is great for curbing stress.
5. Read a Book, Watch a Movie, or Play Games
Sometimes when it comes to de-stressing, what you really need is something that helps you forget the day you’ve had.
By channeling your focus into something exciting like reading, gaming, or watching movies, you can easily forget the small stuff and chill out after a long day on the grind.
6. Stretching Can Help You De-Stress
I don’t know why, but exercise seems to have the answer to just about any mental or physical ailment. When you work out, your body releases mood-boosting and stress-relieving chemicals that leave you feeling energized and level-headed for hours.
So, I know you may be feeling lazy to exercise immediately after you return home from work. Please don’t be. There’s a lot to gain from those few stretches.
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