Work life is stressful. Long days at the office are not always fun, but they are often necessary, especially when we are trying to climb the ladder. And, of course, most of us cannot afford to be men of leisure. And as long as you’re going to a job each day you’re going to face the stress that is associated with working life. But that doesn’t mean you need to bring it home with you. With the right habits in place you can shed all that work related stress and be focused, content and rested for the next day (even if that means going back to work). Below are five ways to relieve stress after work.
Hit The Gym
There are many benefits to having a regular exercise routine, including longevity of life and better overall health. But the mental side of working out is just as beneficial, and a good weight session or boot camp class can bring you right back to center, melting away that work stress. If you typically work out in the morning try doing an after work session and see it impacts the rest of your night. If you can’t get to the gym at least go for a walk or do some yoga at home.
Cook A Great Meal
Believe it or not cooking is one of the best methods of stress relief there is. Seriously. This is because cooking requires focus and attention to detail, and those things help bring you into the present (and away from thinking about things like work, deadlines and mean bosses). The other benefit is that you’re much more likely to eat a healthy meal if you prepare it yourself. And if you live with a significant other, he or she will be very happy with this new hobby as well.
Try Some Relaxation Techniques
Becoming more mindful and relaxed is one of the main reasons to destress. And there are few ways to achieve this. One is mediation, which helps calms the mind. Another is using a natural aromatherapy medicine such as CBD oil. If you’re new to CBD try using a little bit taken orally. For faster effects, it’s better use a vape or a bong to ingest it. Both methods will help you feel calm and this will results in lower stress and better sleeping.
Listen To Music
Listening to music has powerful stress reduction effects. Aside from the emotional connection we feel when we listen to music, the sonic order that is present in most songs helps bring some quiet to our minds. The best way to do this is with headphones, but just turning on music at home is a great start. Of course some music genres are more suited to relaxation, so defer to a type of music that doesn’t necessarily make you want to smash a guitar on stage.
Turn Off Your Devices
In the 24/7 world where we are all interconnected and on call your smart phone keeps you connected to the office at all times. If possible try to resist the urge to check work emails and messages when you are home. Or at least set a time after which you are no longer going to look (and let your co-workers and bosses know this). It’s also important to turn everything off at least an hour before you go to bed. Research has shown that creating this buffer results in improved and more relaxing sleep because your brain has a chance to disconnect.