We’ve all been there: after a long day at work, you come home to yet more tasks to complete. It seems like it never ends, and before you know it, you find yourself worn thin due to the work/life stress that builds up over the course of the day.
Even if you only have fifteen minutes to yourself after the day’s work is done, there are a few simple things you can do to help destress your body and your mind. Implement these into your daily routine, and watch how quickly you’re able to leave the day behind you and relax.
#1: Leave work-related concerns at your front door.
Some of us are ok with bringing work home, but for others, it’s most helpful to just let it go the moment you walk in the door. View your front door as a filter that only allows peace and positivity to pass through it, leaving negativity and stress outside.
#2: Take a hot bath infused with epsom salt.
When stress finds its way into the muscles and tendons, it can seem impossible to alleviate. Taking a hot bath that has 2-3 cups of epsom salt poured into it can help ease muscle tension. Try adding a small amount of your favorite essential oils for added benefits.
#3: Talk it out with a friend or family member.
A common mistake is to keep stressful situations bottled up inside. Avoid this by letting in out in an honest conversation with someone you trust. You might feel like you’re burdening them with your problems, but the truth is that they’ll probably be more than happy to lend you an understanding ear.
Meditation is one of the most available and easiest-to-learn techniques for promoting relaxation. Read up on the various meditation techniques, and find one that is suitable to your lifestyle. Meditation sessions as short as ten minutes have been shown to be effective at reducing the effects of stress while promoting a sense of well-being.
#5: Eat a healthy meal.
Nutrient-rich foods like leafy green vegetables and fresh fruit can deliver a powerful one-two punch on stress. Combine your meal with plenty of water and see how quickly you start to feel better.
Give each one of these five simple steps a shot—there’s one for every day of the workweek. With a little diligence and ongoing effort, a less stressful life can be yours!