What if I told you that you could relax after work in as little as 30 minutes a day?
Sounds impossible right?
Well, it doesn’t have to be. And, with the techniques you’ll learn in this article, there’s a little something for everyone. So, if you’re ready to find a few ways to relax after work that might work for you, read on.
1. Go for a Walk
Many people underestimate the power of walking but, a regular walking routine can have a wealth of benefits both mentally and physically. According to specialists at North Dakota State University, walking can enhance your mood and prevent disease.
Research has shown that walking releases endorphins into the brain that help relax your mind and improve your mood. You don’t have to walk outside to get those benefits either. You can walk on a treadmill at home or at the gym, at the mall or around your neighborhood.
2. Pamper Your Feet
Whether you sit at a desk or spend the day on your feet, there’s no denying that a little foot pampering can feel absolutely blissful after a hard day’s work. Going to the spa everyday after work could get pricey, but who’s to say you can’t pamper your feet at home?
Investing in an at-home foot spa machine allows you to pamper your feet anytime you choose. Add Epsom salts and your favorite essential oils for a combination that’s sure to relax and rejuvenate. You can go all out an give yourself a pedicure or just enjoy the water jets massaging your sore, tired feet.
3. Get a Massage
When it comes to relaxation, massages are the ultimate solution for many people. According to the Soma Institute, massage can lower cortisol levels, boost immunity and increase seratonin and dopamine in the brain. All of these are factors that help lower stress.
Most people don’t have time to book a massage everyday, but you can still get the benefits of one between professional sessions. There are plenty of electronic and manual massage tools for every part of your body to choose from.
For a relaxing foot massage, the best foot massage machines are those that use shiatsu or reflexology programs. For a sore neck and back, try a seated massage pad for your favorite chair or a neck and shoulder massager with heat.
4. Take a Hot Shower
Did you know that raising your body temperature can actually relieve symptoms of depression? A study by the University of Wisconsin showed that heat makes us feel happy. That’s good news for you if you enjoy a nice hot shower.
Add a few drops of a soothing essential oil such as lavender or German chamomile to a washcloth to really unwind.
5. Pick Up a Hobby
People that have hobbies are healthier and happier. Having something you enjoy doing to look forward to after work can be a real stress buster. Your hobby could be something you do alone or with a group, whichever makes you most relaxed.
Some popular after work hobbies include running, coloring, knitting, reading and cooking. The possibilities are endless and it’s really about what helps you unwind.
6. Start a Meditation Practice
Meditation is an ancient and proven method of reducing stress. Studies show that it can reduce stress, pain and depression and can lead to a happier life. It can be done anywhere by anyone, it’s free and even just 15 minutes a day can prove beneficial.
There are many types of meditation, from mindfulness to tai chi to Zen. You don’t need much to get started and in most cases a set of comfortable clothes, a proper meditation cushion and an open mind will do.
7. Cook a Healthy Meal
Did you know that your diet could be contributing to your stress levels? Many people either over-eat or end up eating processed foods that contribute to stress when they’re alreay stressed out.
Cooking up a healthy meal after work can be a fun and enjoyable experience. Invite a friend or loved one to join you and make dinner for two.
Look for recipes that incorporate lots of fresh fruits and veggies, maybe even try something new like a raw food meal or an all vegan night.
Essential oils have long been known to have beneficial properties for health and well-being. Some oils such as lavender, chamomile and cypress have been known to have calming effects on the nerves. The best part about essential oils is that there are so many ways to enjoy their benefits.
One of the easiest ways to do so is with an essential oil diffuser or nebulizer. Place a few drops of one of these stress busting essential oils into your device after work, breathe deeply and let the stress melt away.
9. Get a Workout In
Just like walking, excercise has proven positive effects on both body and mind. From weight lifting to cardio, at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week can help lower stress levels significantly.
Although many people enjoy going to the gym, you can get your workout in at home too. Investing in a set of kettlebells, hand weights or stepper is a good way to get a gym-quality workout at home. And, as long as you have access to the internet, there are tons of workout videos you can try.
10. Get Some Rest
Sometimes, the best solution is to just get some rest. Did you know that about 40% of Americans get 6 hours or less of sleep per night? Lack of sleep can have some pretty negative effects on your mood and your ability to make good decisions, which can lead to even more stress.
Make a decision to get at least one full night of good sleep per week (or more if you can). Turn off the screens, fluff up the pillows and place a few drops of your favorite oil in an essential oil diffuser. Turning in early can make a big difference on your stress levels the following day.
So, there you have it – 10 healthy (and inexepensive) ways to relax after work! Try them all and see what works best for you or pick your favorite and make it part of your regular routine.