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How to Relax and Recharge After a Hard Week at Work

How to Relax and Recharge After a Hard Week at Work

“Fridays are the hardest in some ways: you’re so close to freedom.” Lauren Oliver.

Indeed, but after a long a tough working week we may feel super exhausted during the weekends. The worst part of this all comes on Sunday evening when you realize you need to be at work the next day still feeling as tired as possible. So how to solve this problem which seems endless?

People are different and so does the ways of relaxation but we’ve prepared some common relaxation tips which can help you relax and get recharged for the next working week and feel great!

1. Leave The Work at Work

First of all, whenever you step out of the work – just leave all the obligations behind the door, leave your thoughts and troubles where they should be – on your table and nowhere else. Do this every day, every evening, so that at the end of the week you will not feel exhausted. It’s simple!

This is the first and crucial step to relaxing. Stop stressing and thinking about work. You can never be in harmony with your soul, body, and mind if you continue to worry about all those hard tasks and troubles.   

Take pleasure from the world outside the confines of your workplace and switch off your business mobile phone as soon as you get home. Make sure nobody will die because of that and turn it off.

2. Warm Bath or Shower

As soon as you get home, start relaxing immediately. One of the best ways to leave the hard week behind you is to wash away the stress or tension from your body. Science firmly declares that water has a calming effect on people’s minds and bodies.

  • A hot shower will relax your muscles after which you just have a cool splash of cold water to energize the cells in your body.
  • Bathtub, especially with some Epsom salts will maximize your relaxation. Additionally, if you can light some aromatic candles, they’ll help to relax your brain as well.

3. Feel Cozy in What You Wear

If you want to relax after work, feeling cozy and comfortable at home is important by all means. Choose clothes in which you can laze about or romp around.
Get rid of your shoes, slip out of your multi-piece corporate apparel, and change into something enjoyable – loose t-shirt and a baggy pair of pants.

4. Hydrate

Drink lots of water. It’s scientifically proven that the human body gets dehydrated because of stress because our heart rate is up during the stressful situations and we’re breathing more heavily at the same time losing fluid.

On the other hand, a few of us have noticed that during our stressful times at the workplace we more likely to forget to drink and eat well. Of course, some people start to eat while they get stressed, but not in the workplace, isn’t it?

Just getting enough fluids helps to keep you at your best during times like these

By the way, not only stress causes dehydration, but also dehydration causes stress

5. Listen to Music

Music has an unbelievable healing power over people’s anxieties thanks to its talent to touch their emotions. Choose the right melody or music – listen to soothing jazz music, the latest dance record, or the sounds of nature, what’s important here, is to choose a type of music, which you enjoy and which makes you feel better.

However, most experts recommend soft instrumental or classical music as the main types of music being able to relax our body.  

6. Read a Book

Very often the only possible way to escape the daily chaos is to slip into another one. Researches show that the part of our brain responsible for feeling empathy gets a great workout when we read fiction, for example. So, why not to read about an interesting powerful character, superhero, or a something about any positive situation?

If for some reason reading is not an option, opt for an episode or two of TV series or movies you like.

7. Be Around People You Enjoy

A lot of people prefer to be alone at home after a long day feeling like silence can be the only way to relax. For the rest, there is nothing more exciting than enjoying the company of your loved ones.

Even those who enjoy being alone, sometimes get energized among their friends as they make you forget about your problems and troubles. Let it be the distraction that they provide or their strong abilities to convince you to go for a walk or hang out, shifting your focus with the help of a friend or family, can really help to get rid of stress.

8. Meditation 

You don’t have to sit in a lotus flower, pose and do the “oohmmmm” thing to meditate. That’s so artificial. Some people find formal meditation a great way to channel their energy from stress to positivity and calm – some find a comfortable sofa, sit and close their eyes.

We have space in our minds to figure out which tasks are actually essential and which are not so it’s important to relax and forget. At that time, your physical position is not the most important thing here. In case you have no idea how to meditate, follow different instructions available on youtube, try some audio guides or free meditation podcasts.

9. Try Some Basic Physical Exercises

Work off the stress – literally.

Did you know that even basic exercise releases endorphins? We never argue with the science! So doing physical exercises for 5-10 minutes every day, after work, for example,  will help you feel happier and recharged for the next day.

If you could find some more time, try team sports – they have a social element to them and they energize better – especially when you win!  

10. Sleep Tight

Nothing new – there’s no better way to restore energy than getting a good night’s sleep.

But before that, ensure that your bedroom is comfortable for your sleep and there are no disturbing things around. Make sure it’s quiet, or at least a pleasant music is playing in the background. Remember that as soon as you’re in bed, you are there only to sleep. Do not check your phone and make sure you turned off all the electronic devices that could wake you up for an unimportant reason beforehand.  

Sleep early so you can wake up early. The early bird gets the worm!

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