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Simple ways to unwind after a long day
It's been a long day and you need to relax. But your work stress has followed you home and you're a bundle of nerves.
 
So how can you unwind after a long day?

Leave Work Stress on the Doorstep

The best way to achieve a good work/life balance is to keep work at work and home at home as much as you possibly can. This prevents your work stress from spilling over into your home life.

One way to do this is to turn off your work email notifications. Let those wait until you get to the office in the morning. This is your time to relax. Don't let work rob you of that.

Give Yourself Choices

Not everyone finds relaxation from the same activities. So make a list of activities that you enjoy and allow yourself to choose one each night. Here are some examples of activities to put on your list.

- Read a book
- Exercise for 30 minutes
- Chat with a friend
- Go out for dinner

 
Use Natural Stress Relievers

A time honored way to relax is to take a lavender scented, Epsom salts bath. Lavender essential oil is well known for its relaxing qualities. The magnesium in Epsom salts also relaxes the body and soothes the nerves.

Work on a Favorite Hobby

A hobby, by its very definition is something that is pursued for relaxation and enjoyment. So use your free time to enjoy your hobby or learn a new one. Many community colleges offer low cost classes on cooking, knitting, sewing or photography. If you can't afford those, there are usually free videos and tutorials on the internet.

Some hobbies can even lead to a nice trip or vacation. For example, if you're interested in history, your hobby can lead you to historical landmarks around the country. Other hobbies have conventions or swap meets where you can make new friends who share your interests.

Spend Time with a Pet

People who have pets generally report having lower stress levels. It's easy to see why that's true. Pets give unconditional, non-judgmental love. Furry pets have an added bonus of relaxing us as we stroke their soft fur. But even non-furry pets can amuse us as they swim, crawl, sing or scamper depending on which species they are.

Just Breathe

The easiest way of all to unwind is to simply breathe. Sit in a comfortable chair and just focus on breathing in through your nose for three counts and breathing out through your mouth for four counts.
 
Do this for several minutes until you feel your body and mind relax. This is the easiest and best way to unwind after a long day.
It's been a long day and you need to relax. But your work stress has followed you home and you're a bundle of nerves.
 
So how can you unwind after a long day?

Leave Work Stress on the Doorstep

The best way to achieve a good work/life balance is to keep work at work and home at home as much as you possibly can.


This prevents your work stress from spilling over into your home life.

One way to do this is to turn off your work email notifications. Let those wait until you get to the office in the morning. This is your time to relax. Don't let work rob you of that.

Give Yourself Choices

Not everyone finds relaxation from the same activities. So make a list of activities that you enjoy and allow yourself to choose one each night. Here are some examples of activities to put on your list.

- Read a book
- Exercise for 30 minutes
- Chat with a friend
- Go out for dinner

 
Use Natural Stress Relievers

A time honored way to relax is to take a lavender scented, Epsom salts bath. Lavender essential oil is well known for its relaxing qualities. The magnesium in Epsom salts also relaxes the body and soothes the nerves.

Work on a Favorite Hobby

A hobby, by its very definition is something that is pursued for relaxation and enjoyment. So use your free time to enjoy your hobby or learn a new one. Many community colleges offer low cost classes on cooking, knitting, sewing or photography. If you can't afford those, there are usually free videos and tutorials on the internet.

Some hobbies can even lead to a nice trip or vacation. For example, if you're interested in history, your hobby can lead you to historical landmarks around the country. Other hobbies have conventions or swap meets where you can make new friends who share your interests.

Spend Time with a Pet

People who have pets generally report having lower stress levels. It's easy to see why that's true. Pets give unconditional, non-judgmental love. Furry pets have an added bonus of relaxing us as we stroke their soft fur. But even non-furry pets can amuse us as they swim, crawl, sing or scamper depending on which species they are.

Just Breathe

The easiest way of all to unwind is to simply breathe. Sit in a comfortable chair and just focus on breathing in through your nose for three counts and breathing out through your mouth for four counts.
 
Do this for several minutes until you feel your body and mind relax. This is the easiest and best way to unwind after a long day.