Have a rough day at work? How about you got a test back that didn’t go so well? Are you an introvert that needs time to themselves or even an extrovert that needs help falling asleep? I’ve put together my six favorite ways to unwind after a stressful day for you to tryout and enjoy.
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6 Ways to Relax, De-Stress, and Unwind
You’re always breathing, right? Despite sometimes you feel like a walking zombie during stressful times, you’re not an actual zombie. Deep breathing, or being actively aware of your breathing is a way to quickly calm down when hit with a lot of stress. Personally, taking a deep breath, holding it for a second or two, then releasing works wonders when I’m at work and don’t have the chance to do much else.
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Hop in the Shower
You don’t even have to take a shower. Sometimes when I get overly stressed it comes with an increasing feeling of restlessness. It’s like my body can’t handle trying to sit still and calm down that way. I’ve discovered that hopping in the shower with the warm water is a way to reset things. You don’t even have to be as agitated as me. Taking a hot shower or bath before bed is a common suggestion to feel more relaxed and to help you sleep.
Invest in Aromatherapy
I personally love the scent of lavender. I have a large collection of lavender scented products that I use to help keep my calm and de-stress after a complicated day at work. I have candles, pillow spray, room/fabric spray, body wash, lotions… you name it, I have it. But what if you don’t like lavender? Not a problem! There are other scents that give off a relaxing aroma like vanilla, valerian, jasmine or just any scent you generally like. Bath and Body Works has an entire Sleep line that’s dedicated to just that.
There’s a reason soft, slow music and sounds are played during massages and in relaxing environments. Places like YouTube, Spotify and Pandora all have playlists that cater towards relaxation and sleep. Check out this supposed World’s Most Relaxing Playlist on YouTube to see for yourself.
To piggyback on the music and sounds bullet, I recently discovered the world of ASMR. What’s that? It stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and has been described as a pleasant tingling sensation while listening and/or watching certain sounds and movements. It’s recently become a more popular topic on YouTube, so you can look for anything that fits your fancy. While I’ve never experienced the overall tingly sensation most people describe, I have found that listening to some of the videos are generally relaxing regardless.
I absolutely love advocating tea as a stress reducer. Chamomile tea is my favorite for winding down at the end of the day. It’s the most common tea I’ve heard of recommended for better sleep and relaxation. Don’t like pure chamomile? My favorite is a chamomile honey vanilla flavor from Celestial.
- Take some deep breaths. Controlling your breathing is a great way to lower your heart rate and calm yourself down.
- Hop in the shower. A nice warm shower can do wonders if you’re having a bad day. And it you happen to start crying, no one will notice!
- Light some candles or get some kind of scent going in your area. Scents are a powerful to change your mood.
- Listen to some soothing music. You can find thousands online
- ASMR. Don’t knock it until you try it. You might just be one of the people who react to ASMR stimuli.
- Herbal teas. Any warm drink will help really, but herbal teas don’t have the caffeine to hype you back up again. And they come in delicious flavors.
What are your favorite things to do to relax? Let me know in the comments!