We've all been there. We have a bad or particularly stressful day at work, and we come home exhausted. Our physical and mental energy reserves have become depleted. And we wish never to repeat that bad day again!
The thing is; we all lead busy lives, and so it's inevitable that we'll experience many stressful days. Apart from avoiding going to work and just staying at home, what else can we do? Well, as it turns out, there are plenty of ways to relax and unwind after a bad day in the office. Here are a few of my tried and tested techniques that you should try out:
Steer clear of technology
You've spent your entire day looking at a computer screen and using your phone. Once you get home, it's time to shut yourself away from technology! That means switching off your mobile phone and not watching the TV or using your PC. The only technology you need to use is your radio or home hi-fi system. Everything else should get banned!
Be at one with nature
It doesn't matter if you live in the middle of the city or a house in the country. Anyone can shut themselves away from the world and be at one with nature. Start by lying down and closing your eyes. For city dwellers, you could listen to a CD with relaxing nature sounds playing in the background. Or if you're fortunate enough to live in the country, lie down in your garden on a summer's afternoon.
The purpose is to clear your head of the day's events and relax. Believe it or not, the sounds of nature can help you to relax and unwind wherever you are!
Do some gentle exercise
Some people find that the best way to unwind from a stressful day at work is to do some gentle exercise. For instance, you could do an hour's worth of walking or jogging in your local area.
There is also evidence to show that exercising in the evening can also help you get a better night's sleep. So, not only will you unwind from your bad day, but you'll sleep better too!
Consider taking up yoga
Following on from the section above about exercise, you may also wish to consider doing some yoga. All you need is a yoga mat and some appropriate attire. I recommend watching some yoga videos or going to some classes to learn the basics. Yoga is something that millions of us do around the world each day. It's a simple form of exercise and method of relaxation that people of all ages can do.
Take a long, hot bath
One other thing you should also consider is soaking in your bathtub for a while! Set the mood by lighting some scented candles in your bathroom. Next, put some bubble bath liquid into your tub as you fill it with hot water.
You might also want to play some relaxing background music while you lay down and relax.