The Best Ways To Wind Down After Work
The importance of effectively unwinding after a long day at work can’t be overemphasised in our increasingly busy world. A properly managed evening can do wonders, not just for your immediate relaxation, but also for your performance on the following day. As you guys know, I have been working full-time for a while now. And it was quite an adjustment for me. Having two new businesses to handle can be a lot. But I realised that unwinding can really help to relax the mind and body. So here are the best ways to wind down that I have found.
1. Plan An Evening Workout
Exercise can be an incredible way to ease your mind from daily worries while improving overall health. An evening workout could consist of anything from walking 30 minutes or taking part in an intensive spin class. It will help release endorphins that will leave you feeling relaxed and happier. Remember, it’s not all about intensity; movement of the body and a mindset shift are what matter!
2. Engage In Mindful Meditation
Mindfulness meditation encourages you to become present with yourself and the environment around you. It is very beneficial in reducing anxiety, depression and stress levels. Just 15 minutes spent breathing deeply while paying attention to body sensations can provide profound relaxation. It’s the perfect transition between the hustle of workday life and evening peace!
3. Create A Reading Ritual
Losing yourself in a good book can be a wonderful way to forget the stress of the day. It diverts your mind from daily troubles and immerses you in different worlds, ideas, or perspectives. Whether you’re interested in fiction, non-fiction, or professional literature, developing a reading habit can be a relaxing and enriching way to end the day.
These days I have been reading books by fellow bloggers and even reviewed some of them like Re-create and Celebrate by Cindy Georgakas,
4. Take A Relaxing Bath
Nothing says relaxation quite like a hot bath. Immersing yourself in warm water can soothe your muscles, ease your mind, and prepare your body for a good night’s sleep. Add some essential oils or bath salts to enhance the calming effect. Remember, it’s not just about cleanliness; it’s about creating a self-care ritual that fosters peace and tranquillity.
5. Cook A Simple And Delicious Dinner
Cooking can be therapeutic. You guys know I love food and cooking. The process of preparing a meal, focusing on each ingredient, can offer a welcome break from the mental stress of work. You could try making crockpot bbq meatballs, a simple, delicious recipe that doesn’t require constant attention, allowing you to unwind while the slow cooker does its job. The aroma of cooking food can also create a comforting atmosphere, helping you relax.
6. Practice Journaling
Writing in a journal is an effective way to manage stress and anxiety. My therapist told me to start journaling and I’ve been doing it for a few months now. It’s been pretty great. It allows you to express your feelings, clarify your thoughts, and reflect on your day. Not only can it help you understand your emotions better, but it can also provide a sense of accomplishment and closure. Taking a few minutes to jot down the day’s highs and lows can provide a mental cleanse, promoting calm and peace.
7. Enjoy Leisure Activities
Engaging in a hobby or leisure activity is one of the best ways to wind down after a long day of work. Whether it’s painting, playing a musical instrument, gardening, or playing a board game, these activities can stimulate creativity and promote relaxation. Choose something that gives you joy and allows you to express yourself. Personally, I’ve been learning how to play guitar. Something I’ve wanted to do for years.
8. Maintain A Consistent Sleep Schedule
A regular sleep schedule is key to a relaxed evening and a productive morning. Prioritise quality sleep by creating a bedtime routine. This can include activities like reading, meditating, or listening to calm music. Also, try to avoid screens an hour before bedtime to promote better sleep quality. Regular sleep not only helps in winding down but also improves your mental and physical health.
9. Embrace Digital Detox
Disconnecting from digital devices in the evenings can greatly improve the quality of your relaxation time. The constant notifications and the temptation to check emails or social media can add to stress levels, making it harder for you to switch off from work mode. By allocating specific times in the evening for a digital detox, you create a mental boundary that signifies the transition from work to relaxation. You’ll likely find that you are more present in the moment, able to enjoy your chosen activities, and feel more rested as a result.
10. Explore Nature
If you’re lucky enough to live near a natural setting, consider spending part of your evening outdoors. A leisurely stroll in a nearby park, a peaceful hike, or even just some quiet time in your garden can do wonders for your well-being. Being in nature can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and improve mood. Plus, the fresh air and change of scenery can help clear your mind and provide a refreshing perspective after a long day. If outdoor activities aren’t feasible, try bringing nature inside with houseplants or natural sounds to create a calming environment.
Just because Mental Health Month is over doesn’t mean we don’t have to do things for our mental health. We still need to indulge in relaxation and self-care every single day. These are the best ways to wind down after work for me and hopefully some of these will inspire you to do the same!
What are the best ways to wind down for you? Do you practice any of the things I mentioned above to wind down? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear from you. Or simply stop by and say hi!
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