Almost everyone experiences what it’s like to have a long and stressful day. After a hectic day, finding a way to simply relax, unwind and shake off some of the day’s stress is essential. The next time you had a super stressful day, try some of these following ideas to help you relax. You might even find a few that might even become a habit to of your own to live a stress-free life.
Get out of your work clothes
It’s really hard to get out of the work mindset when you are still wearing the clothes you experienced your day’s stress in. Believe it or not, that energy can cling on you. Research has shown that after a hard day at work, something as simple as getting into comfy clothes can help you to begin to breathe easier and relax.
Turn off your phone
You can detach yourself from being accessible and be worry-free in the comforts of home or when doing the activities you want just by simply turning off your phone. Everyone needs a break. In the European Union, having a personal downtime is required by law.
By being conveniently unavailable from time to time, you can give your body and, most especially, your mind the rest it needs.
Drink Herbal Teas
It turns out – an herbal tea is more than just a drink, because it offers cool benefits for the mind and body. It plays an essential role in overcoming depression, helps to sleep faster and better. When you feel tired after a hard work and a stressful day or have headaches and muscle tension, the best way to ease your anxiety is having a relaxing cup of herbal tea.
Spend time outdoors
Whether you prefer the city or the country, spending time outdoors can be one of the most rejuvenating things you can do for yourself. You don’t have to go to a wilderness. There are plenty of flora and fauna to be seen and experienced in a city park, bike trail or even your backyard. Researchers have found that spending at least 10 to 15 minutes outdoors can do a great deal to reduce stress and improve mental health.
For thousands of years, meditation has been touted as an excellent way to relax and release stress. Getting into the regular practice of daily meditation has been shown to help improve breathing, concentration, focus and improve health overall.
While you don’t need anything to practice meditation, there are a number of free and affordable apps available on either Apple store or Google Play which offer guided meditations, and other meditation rituals to help you with your practice.
Mental health professionals like the ones at BetterHelp can also help you with your meditation practice.
Studies have shown that playing games is a great way to alleviate stress. If you don’t have a gaming console or board games in the house, that’s no problem! If you like to play bingo, for example, there are scores of casinos and online bingo games that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These sites not only provide a great way to relax but also a good way to win a bit of extra cash while you’re unwinding. Some sites also have an online chat feature so that you can chat and possibly make friends with fellow gamers who are there to unwind, too!
Listen to music
One of the most relaxing way to soothe the ‘savage beast’ that comes from stress is listening to music. Music can help you relax by lowering your blood pressure and heart rate.
Researchers have found that music therapy has also been known to even reduce pain in patients. Putting on a bit of your favorite music after a stressful day can be a fantastic way to let go of the cares of the day.
It’s no secret that cannabis actually helps to relieve stress. In low doses, the THC in cannabis can have a calming, euphoric effect. A good sativa strain can uplift and an indica strain at night can help sleepless nights. For best results, try a mellowing indica strain over a sativa strain and start with a lower dose. A herb vaporizer will allow you to get the most effect out of the smallest amount of product.
Get a massage
Sometimes it takes a little help to release the stresses of your work day. Massage has also shown to release the stresses that have gotten under your skin and into your muscles.
You can book a massage with your favorite masseur or masseuse – or book time with a licensed massage therapist through the many phone apps available for your smartphone.
Read a book
By reading a good book, you can take yourself away from where you are to whole other worlds. Reading a book can go a long way to help you relax after a stressful day. Stop at your local library on the way home, or check out the many different reading apps that allow you to download and read right on your smartphone.
Make a journal or a daily blog
Along with reading, writing can also provide an excellent way to get rid of the day to day stress. Consider keeping a journal or diary to write out what happened during the day and let your mind work it out on the page. You may even want to make up a fictional story with characters based on the people and situations you had to deal with. Make yourself the hero and let it all express itself on the page!