According to research, the Christmas period is the most stressful for employees as we struggle to make time for our families and work over-time to make up for sickness and last-minute colleague holidays. Sound familiar? This is, unfortunately, the norm for many of us over the festive period. To further add salt to the wound, the stresses of the day can and regularly do impact our evenings, making us feel miserable and preventing us from achieving a restful night’s sleep. If you’re tired of stress affecting your sleep, it’s time to learn how to switch off and relax after work.
- Turn off your electronics
According to The Huffington Post, those of us who constantly check our electronic devices after work hours are more likely to experience stress. To keep stress at bay and encourage relaxation, try switching off your phone and other electronic devices after work. Alternatively, if you love your tech too much to turn it off, consider limiting your tech use to strictly un-work related things: Snapchat and Whatsapp: Yes; work emails and Excel spreadsheets: No.
- Listen to some music
Music has an extraordinary effect on our mind and body, elevating our mood and helping us to unwind from work. Classical music, in particular, is thought to have a relaxing effect on the body: slowing our pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure and inhibiting the release of stress hormones. So, on your journey home from work, throw on your favourite ‘feel good’ song and let the relaxation begin.
- Get changed
When you’re home, it’s time to kick off those work shoes, loosen the uncomfortable shirt and tie and get changed into something blissfully comfy! Through changing your clothes, you are mentally and physically switching gears, helping you to begin a chilled-out evening.
- Get a hobby
Whether you’re into crafting, tennis, reading or rock climbing, having a hobby is a fantastic way to help distract your mind from the day’s events and relax. If you are unsure which hobby to pursue, check out Bustle’s 11 hobbies that can reduce stress ideas for inspiration.
Meditation is a renowned method of relaxation. Through clearing the mind and focussing on breathing, meditation can help you get calm, relax, healthy and happy.
- Have a little quiet time
Sometimes after the hustle and bustle of a busy working day, silence is just the thing you need to unwind from work. By taking some quiet time in the evening, you are giving your brain time to digest the events of the day and unwind.
- Wash your stress away
From the soothing heat of the water to the relaxed supine position, the soothing effect of baths is well-known. So, next time you’re looking to unwind, run a warm bath, add a generous amount of bubble bath and let the luxuriating begin.
- Take a walk
Even if you’re not feeling particularly sprightly, a 10 minute walk in the evening after work can help to clear your head and boost endorphins. If you can, opt for a green space such as a meadow or a park, as these areas are thought to put the body into a state of meditation.