Do you come home from work feeling exhausted and strung out? In this post, I’ll detail how to unwind after a stressful day with 11 easy to implement ideas. These are easy to do, don’t require fancy equipment and will make the end of your day that much more enjoyable!
Imagine this: First your boss moves up a deadline on a huge project you’re working on and you have no idea how you’re going to get everything done in time. Then, two customers yell at you for things that are completely out of your control. Last but not least, your co-worker Stacey spills some of her coffee on your favorite top.
You’re exhausted, you’re stressed and you don’t even want to think about the 1000s of email you haven’t gotten to yet.
We’ve all had this kind of day and it sucks! All you want to do is go home and forget this day ever happened.
For me, as my days got more stressful, so did my evenings at home. Like that time I came home after a long day at work and I snapped at my boyfriend because he asked me if I wanted to go to his parents’ house that weekend. I was cranky, tired and just wanted quiet time.
Did his question warrant my reaction? Absolutely not! I realized this wasn’t healthy for me or for my relationship, and I knew I needed to make some changes.
Not doing this can lead to burn-out, exhaustion, feeling overwhelmed and put strains on your relationships. Who wants to feel that way? I know I don’t and I’m sure you don’t either!
So I created a list of things to do that I can pick and choose from when I get home from work, depending on how I feel. I realize that not having any children (as of right now anyways) makes doing these easier 🙂
If any of these appeal to you, give them a try!
How to unwind after a stressful day
1. Take a walk (without your smartphone!)
The first thing I do when I get home from work is taking my dog out for a walk. I’ve been sitting at a desk all day so being outside and breathing fresh air is a great way to unwind and makes me feel more grounded. Plus my dog is super excited to hang out with me 🙂
2. Get comfy
Change out of your work clothes and into something comfy (it’s not glamorous but sweat pants are my favorite!). Take off your shoes and put on your favorite slippers.
Shedding your “professional” clothes for comfy ones reminds you to leave your work day at the door.
3. Read a book
I love taking 15 to 20 minutes to read. I usually read fiction books in the evening as they don’t require me to think too much, especially after a day of intense brain activity.
Read anything you feel like reading, whether it’s a book, an article, a magazine, a blog post. Whatever you want!
4. Listen to a podcast or an audio book
Listen to a podcast or an audio book on your way home from work. It helps switch over from work mode to home mode and you get to learn new things! The possibilities are endless!
5. Listen to music
Make a playlist of all of your favorite calming, soothing songs. This is a powerful way to get into the right mindset after work!
6. Take a bath
Take some time to pamper yourself! Sit back and enjoy a nice hot bath and why not add some essential oils or fizzy bath bombs to make it extra special. I don’t do this too often as it makes my water bill go up, but for me, nothing beats a bath to unwind!
7. Do some light stretches or yoga
After sitting at a desk for 8+ hours, your body is probably tense and wound up.
Take 10 to 15 minutes when you get home to do light stretches and work out the kinks in your body.
Sit somewhere comfortable, focus on your breathing and let all of your muscles relax.
Try the 4-7-8 method: breathe in for 4, hold for 7 and breathe out for 8. This method is designed to bring the body in a state of deep relaxation (trust me, it works!). Just snuggle up on the couch, forget your phone and social media and breathe.
9. Order take out or cook your favorite dish
Some dishes just have a way of bringing joy into our lives. Think of the dish that just brings a smile to your face and makes your stomach growl and go for it.
10. Watch your favorite show on Netflix
I admit this is a guilty pleasure of mine. I try not spending too much time in front of the TV but man, curling up on the couch and watching a couple of episodes of my favorite TV show is pure bliss!
11. Have a glass of wine
Why not have a glass of wine once in a while? I’m not suggesting you drink every day 😉 but I know I enjoy a glass of wine here and there and I don’t feel guilty about it. Then again, I am half french so this seems like a given!
There you have it, how to unwind after a stressful day!
Including some of these tips to your evening routine is a great way to feel refreshed and be better prepared to tackle the day to come. What’s important isn’t how many you do but how you feel afterwards.
Try these out and stick with the ones that help you unwind and feel more centered after a long, difficult day.
I hope you enjoy some (or all) of these tips! I’d love to hear what you tried or what works for you! Let me know in the comments!
Till next time,