Ways to Relax and Destress at the End of Your Work Week

December 20, 2017

in Lifestyle

The best way to destress after a long week at work is to use stress management techniques. Your stress hormones won’t simply disappear by themselves over the weekend. You have to do something to wind down and start recovering from all the things that bothered you during the week. You also have to let go of all the things that fill you with dread or anxiety when you think of the week ahead.

However, stress may have become such a chronic part of your life that you’ve become numbed out. You may have become so accustomed to it that you don’t even notice that your heart rate is faster, your muscles are tense, and you feel irritable over the smallest things.Over the long run, this stress can damage your health. It can also ruin your family life because everyone in your family will feel stressed out just being around you.

Reminding yourself to relax, to take it easy, to assume a more positive attitude isn’t going to do it. You need to take some constructive steps to calm down. Here, then, are 5 tips on how to relieve stress after a hard week at work:

1. Get a Massage.

While it’s wonderful to get a professional massage now and then, you and your spouse or life partner can learn how to do it yourselves. You could, for example, learn from instructional videos or enroll in a local community class given by a massage therapist. Investing in massage tables is a good idea because it makes all difference to giving and receiving a satisfactory massage. Regular weekly massages will relieve aches and pains, increase blood circulation, and ease tension in knotted up muscles.

2. Take up yoga.

Another great way to relax is to take up yoga. You can join a yoga class or get a DVD and follow along. It’s usually best to start with some formal instructions to learn the proper form before creating your own routines. An experienced teacher can correct any mistakes in your position, pacing, or breathwork that you may not realize that you are making.

3. Get a good night’s sleep.

If you’re habitually stressed, it could be due to sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep causes poor mental focus, which means that you have a difficult time performing well at work or getting along with other people.

There are many reasons why you may not be getting a good night’s rest. It could be that you have a bad mattress or your bedroom is too bright or noisy. If the answer is not related to your environment, then talk to your doctor. You may be low on an essential nutrient, like magnesium.

4. Don’t bring your work home.

While you may have to work at home from time to time, you should not make it a habit. If you do, then you are carrying your stressful job into your home. In fact, even something as simple as checking into your work-related email could stress you out.

5. Try common stress relieving techniques.

There are numerous ways for you to relax your muscles and let go of your worries and frustrations. Here are a few examples of things that you can do to quickly change your sense of perspective:

  • ·  Soak in a long, hot bath.
  • ·  Learn progressive muscle relaxation exercises
  • ·  Eat a banana because it's rich in potassium and lowers blood pressure.
  • ·  Drink green tea because it has an amino acid called L-Theanine which calms the nervous system. 
  • ·  Go for long walks around the neighborhood.
  • ·  Listen to beautiful, soothing music.
  • ·  Watch a comedy because laughter is a wonderful health tonic.

In closing, it’s important to realize that learning how to de-stress has the potential to improve your whole life. This may seem like a rather tall claim until you realize how much stress is undermining the quality of your life. It's hard to dare to live without limits if you’re too stressed out to build relationships, perform well at work, or launch a business. In addition, stress puts you at risk for serious health problems like heart disease. So by learning how to stay cool, calm, and collected most of the time, you will be happier and healthier, and possibly even wealthier.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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