Work can be stressful and it’s easy to bring that stressful energy back home. Here are some ways to de-stress, so you can enjoy your evening without the dread you feel from a hard day of work.
Reading a book is a great way to de-stress. Grab your favorite book and get cozy on the couch or your go-to comfy chair, and dive into the world of your beloved characters. You’ll be transported to a fictional setting that brings you joy that will help you forget about the long, challenging day at work.
Exercising is another great way to destress from work. You can head to the gym for a quick workout session or workout for free by watching workout videos on YouTube. Exercising helps get your endorphins pumping, so you can feel happy and burn off that unpleasant four-hour meeting that stressed you out. Even just going for a walk outside can help you feel calmer and less stressed out. Spend time with nature, take your dog for a walk, if you have one, and just enjoy the company of the great outdoors.
If you have a work phone and your job doesn’t require you to be on call, be sure to set the ringer to vibrate or silent and just leave it on the counter or somewhere out of your immediate reach. Sometimes you just need to take a break from the constant noise from your coworkers. If you cannot fully unplug for fear you may miss something important, just set a timer for 15 to 30-minute breaks, so you can still have some distraction-free moments.
Work stress can make your evenings at home sour, but practicing and pursuing a hobby or two you enjoy can help put you in a better mood, instantly. If you’re a musician or writer, taking time to play your instrument and drift off to the sound of your favorite songs or maybe even original work can help you forget about the time earlier in the day when your boss yelled at you over something insignificant. You can also use your evenings to pursue a new hobby that you’ve always told yourself you try, but have kept putting off. Take the plunge, stop saying maybe someday and make today that day.
If you’ve had a rough day at work, just remember that tomorrow is a new day. You don’t have to let your work or situations during the day define and control your mood after you get home. Remind yourself that while work is a must, you owe it to yourself to enjoy your time home and away from work.