5 Things You Can Do to Relax After a Stressful Workday

Five Things You Can Do to Relax After a Stressful Workday

If you want to relax after struggling with a stressful workday, here are 5 things you can do to feel stronger, happier, energized.

Let’s face it. It can be difficult to switch off and relax after a stressful workday. But if you actively embrace specific relaxation techniques, you can soon forget your worries.

With this in mind, I put together a list of 5 simple things you can do to find calmness and chill out – no matter how challenging your day.

As you might know, I am a recovered anxiety sufferer who wrote a bestselling meditation guide called Instant Calm and founded the popular video course called The Anxiety Cure.

I personally know what it’s like to feel stressed and anxious. Thankfully I also know how to develop the superpower of calm – even during tough times.

I’m committed to helping people to live calm, happy lives  – which is why I decided to put together this quick relaxation guide (below).

5 Ways to Relax After a Stressful Workday

I hope you enjoy trying these simple ways to make your day a little calmer.

1. Put Together Jigsaw Puzzles

There is something special about jigsaw puzzles that can capture our attention for hours on end. It’s the satisfaction you feel while piecing together an intricate puzzle, slowly watching as the picture takes shape before your eyes. It’s a meditative process, allowing us to tune out the noise of the world and focus solely on the task at hand. Jigsaw puzzles by Buffalo games is where you can find a wide range of options for your pastime that never seems to lose its appeal, while Etsy offers unique vintage puzzles and even hand-made ones for those seeking hard-to-find designs. 

Whether you prefer challenging 1000-piece puzzles or simple ones for amateurs, there is a puzzle out there for everyone to enjoy.

music helps relax after stressful workday2. Listen to Music

What is it about music that makes us feel so alive and invigorated?

Within a minute of listening to one of your favorite songs, you’re sure to leave behind your daily work stresses.

While ambient, classical, or easy listening music is great for instantly relaxing, the type of tunes you play is very much up to you.

So, pick an album or playlist that you know will help you to destress. Singing along to your favorite tunes can also help your spirits soar.

3. Play Online Games

fun playful quote karen salmansohnOne of the best ways of switching off after a stressful workday is to play games. Within minutes, you will be so focused on playing the game of your choice that you’ll forget all about the niggles and worries you have experienced in the day.

The great thing about online games is there are so many to choose from.

You don’t only have the option of playing video games like Fortnite or Call of Duty. You can also enjoy playing online board games, puzzles, etc. There are lots of options for the latter. You could play card games like blackjack and poker, table games like roulette and craps, or slot games like Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead or the fun Starburst slot. Whether you’re in Norway, Australia, or the US, there are online games to suit all tastes.

4. Meditate

meditation relax after stressful workdayOne of the best ways of relaxing and reconnecting with your inner positive self is to meditate. There are various meditation techniques to choose from, so select one that best suits you.

Focusing on your breath is important when you have stressful thoughts, as controlled breaths instantly reassure your nervous system that everything is okay.

Regardless of the type of meditation you choose, it can actually be more challenging than you may think to sit in silence with closed eyes, trying to empty your mind.

In fact, when you’re stressed, it can be particularly difficult to sit still and quiet your mind.

So, a good option is to meditate with someone guiding you through the process. You could attend a meditation group after work. Alternatively, you could try my video course The Anxiety Cure – which offers guided meditations – as well as a range of neuroscience based relaxation tools.

5. Have a Massage

relax stressful workStress may start in the mind. But it can also affect your body.

Most everyone has experienced a tight feeling around their shoulders and neck after getting highly stressed, so a good massage can really help to alleviate all that pent-up worry.

You can massage many areas yourself. But it’s even better if you have a loving partner who can give you a calming massage.

Alternatively, you could simply visit a professional masseur after work. The best massage technique is to start at the toes and work up so that every muscle in your body becomes relaxed one at a time.

6. Chill Out with a Bubble Bath

relax anxious thoughts workdayJust because a bubble bath may sound clichéd, it does not mean it isn’t a fantastic way of relaxing.

Simply soaking in a hot bath is enough to make your body and mind relax, but you can enhance the experience by adding bubbles with a calming scent.

Lavender is one of the best choices, as it’s well known for its soothing effects.

Turn off the lights, add some candles, and play some soothing music to add to the experience and you’ll soon feel like you are in a spa and forget all about your work worries. 

Learn more ways to relax after a stressful workday

Read my bestselling meditation guide: Instant Calm

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