Had an exceedingly long and frustrating day at work? We can understand and are here to help! Whether you are a corporate employee or working for yourself or family, some days are just tiring in a way that wants us to hit our pillows as soon as we get time. On some of those days though, that is simply not an option, because we have other prior commitments. What do we do on such days? We take a deep breath, hustle on and find ways to refresh and take our mind off our work.
People are often told to do what they love in order to relax and while it is a worthwhile suggestion, sometimes our brains and bodies are too exhausted to think or indulge in that activity. We would just prefer to try out something new. Therefore, for your convenience and health, we have carefully chosen a list of activities that can help you to stay productive and active after a long day of work.
It’s funny how the things that have made our lives easier can also liberate us if we stop using them. Smartphones, computer screens and tablets have created this illusion that even if we are taking a break, we need to use them in order to enjoy our break. The mindless scrolling for videos/posts one wouldn’t even remember after 5 minutes, just causes anxiety. It is also disturbing in a way that causes us to feel bad about ourselves and our lives by seeing others enjoying theirs.
Hence, out of all the ways to refresh after work, turning off your screens to allow yourself a genuine break is the most effective one.
There has been significant research on the effects nature has on the human body. Humans greatly benefit from the clean air and the green surroundings. It is also very beneficial for our eyes because it causes our eyes to relax and not hyper-focus on a screen, which emits harmful rays. Other than that, the environment of a park is serene and calm, with children laughing and people relaxing. That also acts as a catalyst to promote feelings of relaxation and happiness in us.
Bathing or showering with warm/cold water is a deeply mind and body relaxing stimulant. People have been doing this since ages. It is often believed that sitting in a bath-tub or showering can help alleviate the mood by washing the day’s grim, sweat and stress away.
If you’re residing in a cold climate place, try taking a warm shower coupled with your favourite scented wash. You’ll immediately feel the difference in the reduced levels of stress. And if you’re from a place with a warm, tropical climate, try doing the same with cold water. But, make sure to take your time and not to rush through this activity. Taking your time and enjoying the activity leisurely will be more effective in reducing stress and improving your mood.
There is nothing more stress-busting than to go out with a loved one or co-worker with whom you are on amicable terms. These people are involved in your life and have mutual interests as you. Therefore, there is no one better to discuss your tales of woe with or just share your day. Friends are especially great at uplifting moods and creating distractions.
So, the next time you feel out of sorts after a tiring day, go out or invite some friends over to refresh!
“Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness”, said Auguste Escoffier. I think we can all agree with this statement. Comfort food has derived its name from food we love, because when we eat it, we feel relaxed, happy and at content. Your comfort food can look like anything from boiling a pack of noodles to cooking a pizza. Your comfort food, your choice!
Hence, one of the easiest ways on how to relieve stress and refresh your mind after work is cook something you love. You can also order it from outside, which thanks to technology ensures fast delivery and there will be no hassle of cooking if you don’t like it. Moreover, eating our favourite foods is directly synonymous in prompting the brain to release ‘feel-good’ hormones, known as endorphins.
Have you heard of the phrase- Massage therapy : the original mood enhancer? If you haven’t, let us tell you that it is not unprecedented. Massage literally relaxes your over-tired muscles and gives you a sense of peace. It’s often coupled with soothing aromatic scents and pleasing music, that takes you away from all your troubles and worries. The best part is that it does not require us to do anything but lay down and relax.
Therefore, if ever in doubt about how to loosen up after a hard day, don’t hesitate to pamper yourself with a good massage!