Self-care covers a wide aspect of our day to day life. In this post, I will be giving tips on how you can unwind and recover from the stress of each day. This is a nightly routine for relaxing especially after work.
A lot of people turn to alcohol to relax. Wine drinking has been widely accepted as something to enjoy after a long day after work but as delicious as a bottle of Chateau Margaux may be, wine drinking for the purpose of destressing should not be formed into a daily habit. In general, daily alcohol consumption should be avoided. It can be very easy to find yourself dependent on alcohol than it is to break away from it.
This post is not about discussing the pros and cons of drinking but to show you how to practically destress after work without alcohol. So stay tuned for my tips on how to achieve that.
1. Create A Chill Spot In Your Home
When the day’s work is done, the last thing you want is to step into a house that is just as busy and chaotic as your workplace. Your home should make you feel at peace, almost spa-like. You can update your home to according to the seasons. Even if you have young screaming kids, you can dedicate a room to yourself and design it in a way it’s calming to you.
Just as serene as this space you’ve created is, it needs to be functional as well. If you love to write, get writing materials that can help you achieve that. I’d suggest to not getting a desk in this space. We don’t want office-like furniture in this space. Rather, opt for cushions and mats and rugs. For me, I love meditating in the morning and evenings. I can’t imagine my life without meditation. It’s been so helpful.
2. Come Home To A Hearty Healthy Meal
For me, after a long day out I want to come home to a nice meal. It’s instantly comforting and removes more than half of the stress and noise from outside. When I was a student in college, I didn’t put much thought into what I eat in a day. Anything goes for most college students! My kitchen cabinets were full of carbs, ramen, pasta, doughy foods never minding the fact that I’m gluten intolerant. I just needed a quick meal.
Now, what I do is prepare healthy meals on my slow cooker. Pinterest got me hooked with so many amazing recipes. Click on this board to see some of the most amazing recipes for healthy dinners. The best part is, you can leave them on from between 8-11 hours. It is safe to use with no kitchen hazards even when used unattended. Healthy meals are important to fill your body with vitamins and nutrients beneficial for cellular regeneration and to replace lost energy to prepare you for tomorrow.
3. Take An Invigorating Bath
One of the first things on my mind at the end of the day is a warm shower. I just have to have one. Depends on how much time I have, I will have a bath instead and soak in my tub.
The best way to leave work behind you is to wash away the tension from your body. Water has a calming effect on the mind and soul. Try a nice warm bath to help your muscles relax followed by a cool splash of cold water to energize the cells in your body. Light some aromatic candles and soak your body with some bath salts. Don’t forget to moisturize afterward. A long bath can have your skin feeling dry!
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4. Pick Up The Habit Of Reading Before Bedtime
I like to throw myself on the couch with a good book. Well, not necessarily a good book — a page-turner. Something that will engross me completely, take my mind off everything else.
Reading before bed could relax you magnificently. This is because, when reading a good book, your mind is distracted from daily stresses and worries that causes tension. Stories give your mind the option to be somewhere else for a little while. This means you can leave your own troubles behind. Reading also allows your muscles to relax and slows down your breathing, leaving you feeling calmer.
5. Unplug From The Online World
Unfortunately, our screen use has become so ingrained in our lives that we don’t even realize we’re using them. Turn off the phones, turn off the computer, and shut off the outside world for a little while. These things just raise your stress level. Go offline and forget about the online world! You can do it!
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