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In the U.S. and Canada, 57 percent of workers find their work lives stressful. This is a lot different than the European way of life where the work-life relationship is much more balanced. Here in the U.S., we tend to only get two weeks of paid vacation whereas in European countries they get 25-30 days.
With deadlines to meet, the phone ringing off the hook, and clients to please, there seems to be no end in sight. When people get home, it’s no wonder they are wiped and just want to plop down on the couch and binge-watch Netflix. There has t to be a better way, right?
Yes, we have come up with a shortlist of four activities you can do if you’ve experienced a hard day at work. By integrating just one of them into your life, you feel the stress begin to melt away. Read on to learn what they are.
1. Practice Meditation
You may be thinking meditation is boring or you’re not sure how to do it. In truth, there is no right or wrong way to do meditate.
Simply close your eyes and focus on your breath. Breathe deeply into your nostrils and out of your mouth. You could even download an app on your phone for guided meditation if you’d find that helpful.
Meditation is known to be one of the best stress relievers out there. Why not give it a try in the morning or after a hard day at work and see how you feel. Watch your awareness expand in the moment and for hours afterward.
2. Get a Massage
One of the best relaxation techniques out there is for a professional to give you a massage. Over time, your stress, anxiety, and worries build up and manifest in your body. Getting a massage will help tone the muscles and free you from clamps and pains.
We encourage you to read up on what a body to body massage can do for you after a hard day in your personal or professional life.
3. Fill Your Bathroom With Aromatic Oils
Aromatic oils such as lavender, tea tree, lemon, sage, or rose will have you feeling super relaxed after a hard day at work. Fill your bathtub up with a soothing warm temperature and drop a few drops of your preferred oil.
4. Move Your Body
Moving your body and getting some exercise is one of the best ways to release tension and stress. If you find yourself with a lot of pent-up energy, then find some way to burn it off.
Find something you like such as running, hiking, biking, or tennis to boost your endorphins. As your body creates more endorphins those things that used to stress you out won’t feel like such a big deal anymore.
If you’d like a less intense type of workout, try yoga or tai chi. Doing it with a friend or co-worker will keep your motivation and accountability high too.
Remember to Relax After a Hard Day
You owe it to yourself to kick up your feet and relax after a hard day. Whether it’s listening to some soothing music, seeing a movie, or talking with a friend over a meal, there are certain things you can do to de-stress.
Take a look at our list and see if anything stands out to you. We recommend starting with your physical and moving on to other ideas. To keep yourself disciplined and with a positive mindset, be sure to read the health section of our blog daily.