We’ve all had them–that stress filled work day we thought would just never end. We often find ourselves counting down the seconds until our shift is over and we could finally be free of this madness. Maybe it’s the insurmountable workload you’ve just been given that has you sprinting for the door. Or possibly it’s because of a disagreement with a colleague. Whatever the case may be, believe me, I have been there too. Actually, I was inspired to write this post because of the work week I just had. It was definitely one filled with its share of obstacles and frustration. I thought about what I do to decompress after a work day (or week) like this and here’s what I came up with. Hopefully you will find them helpful but, even if you don’t, I hope you will find them amusing, at the least. Enjoy!
1. Spend time outdoors I can remember when I was growing up my mother was always telling me ‘Go outside and get some fresh air’, as if that was the cure to all my problems or ailments. I’m sure some of you can relate to this. Depending on the time of the year (I live in New York), I find that taking a quick walk or run after a particularly hard day at work can actually do me a lot of good. Your body’s release of endorphins can boost your mood and lower your stress. Although I hate to admit it, Mom was right.
2. Watch some T.V. Sometimes we all need an escape from our own little worlds, if just for a little while. Although I will watch mostly anything, some mind-numbing television always seems to do the trick. Even after seeing the same episode of Friends for the 900th time, I’m invested in their comedic troubles temporarily forgetting my own. Doing this doesn’t mean we are running from our problems, it just means we’ll be back after this (see what I did there?).
3. Take a nap Though we mostly attribute a difficult day at work as something more emotional, there are days when work can take a physical toll on your body. You need to listen to your body when it tells you that you need rest because ignoring it can often make you feel even worse (getting a sinus infection in July is not fun). Don’t let anyone tell you that you are too old to nap either. Sometimes a short nap is all you need to feel rejuvenated.
4. Go shopping This one can be a little tricky but if it’s done in moderation a little retail therapy is totally fine in my book. Obviously ‘things’ aren’t a cure for the doozy of a day you’ve just had but it doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself for all the hard work you’ve been putting in at the office.
5. Journaling This is one of my favorite ways to decompress after a long day. I love working out my troubles over the course of a few journal entries. Plus, it’s really cool to see how much I’ve grown and changed when I read them back at a later date. Yes, we can get insight from our family and friends, but, at the end of the day, there is no one who knows you better than you and you don’t have to worry about feeling judged by the pages of a notebook.
Well, there you have it! Thank you so much for reading. Let me know in the comment section below what you guys do to decompress after a stressful day at work or school. Make sure you subscribe to my blog and follow me on all the things! Have a great weekend!!