Nine to five ain’t no way to make a living, or so sang Dolly Parton in her early 80s hit. For most of us though, it’s a necessary evil or, at least, a way of life. Even if you’re working the job of your dreams, you’re probably ready to and relax by the time you get home. After a hectic day, it can be tough to shake things off and chill. Here are a few things you can do to de-stress after a long day at work.
Exercise Your Worries Away
The last thing you want to do when you get off work is do more work. However, a little bit of exercise can burn off excess energy, help you de-stress, and make it easier to sleep. You don’t have to be a gym fanatic, but if you spend most of the day on your butt, then a short workout can relieve stress and anxiety. Your brain may be exhausted after a hard day, but your body can still be buzzing. Try a little bit of yoga to help center your brain and get rid of all that nervous energy. We aren’t talking about hardcore Ashtanga or Bikram, but some light exercise in your own living room, and at your own pace, can put some space between you and a hectic work week.
Sip a Glass of Red Wine
A good glass of red wine, or your particular drink of choice, is not only an obvious option as a means to relaxation, but it’s also a medically validated one. Many doctors actually recommend a single serving of alcohol per day to improve health. Yes, it’s relaxing, but a glass of wine at night helps boost mental sharpness and aids in heart health. While you may be tempted to down the whole bottle, excessive drinking has the opposite effect, so keep it to one glass per evening.
Turn Off the TV
If you’re like a lot of us, you’ve already spent a good portion of your day staring at a computer screen. Add to that how much time you stare at your phone and it can quickly seem like we spend our entire waking life looking at some kind of screen. When you get home at night, it may be tempting to turn on Netflix, but you’re just causing more strain on your eyes and your brain.
If you want to truly de-stress after a long day at work, try turning the TV off. Instead, turn on some music, which has been shown to improve mental health and acuity. Pick up a book, not a Nook. Leave that tablet on the table. Play a board game like Scrabble instead of Words With Friends. If you do insist on watching television, turn it off at least 30 minutes before you go to bed. This gives your internal clock a chance to realize it’s bedtime.