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How to relieve stress after a hard days work

How to relieve stress after a hard days work
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No matter what type of job you do, some days leave you feeling wound up with stress and anxiety. While it’s quite easy to let these feelings bubble under the surface all evening, that’s not particularly good for you. As well as leaving you feeling rotten for the rest of the day you could be letting yourself in for a poor night’s sleep as you ponder the day you’ve just had.

However, there are plenty of things you can do to help take your mind off work and relieve stress. Here are some of the most effective:

Exercise

Going for a swim or a jog after work gives you a chance to process your day in your own head without colleagues butting in with their tuppenceworth. It also gives you a chance to clear your mind and allows your body to flood your brain with feel-good endorphins, which will blow away any cobwebs leftover from your nightmare of a day.

Have a hot bath

How to reklieve stress after a hard days workA steamy bathroom with dimmed lights, candles and a bath full of hot water can help to soak away your worries after a long day. Try adding some lavender essential oils to relax your mind and help send you off to sleep afterwards. The best time to enjoy a long soak is after the kids are in bed so you don’t get interrupted by kids arguing or someone needing to come in for a poo!

Escapism

Whether you’re watching a film or getting lost in a good book, escapism can do wonders when it comes to refreshing the mind. If you opt for a film then try to make sure it finishes an hour or so before you go to bed as late-night screen time will hinder a good night’s sleep. Curling up on the sofa with a warm milky drink and a good paperback will help relax you and encourage sleep to come easily.

Avoid alcohol

It may be tempting to reach for the wine bottle, a corkscrew and the largest glass you can find after a hard day but you may end up doing yourself more harm than good. Alcohol may seem like a good stress reliever but if you’re drinking often then you may actually be making it worse. Eva Cyhlarova from The Mental Health Foundation says: “Over time, heavy drinking interferes with the neurotransmitters in the brain that are needed for good mental health. So while alcohol may help deal with stress in the short term, in the long run it can contribute to feeling of depression and anxiety and make stress harder to deal with.”

If you do decide that a glass of wine would help your stress levels, wait until later on in the evening to indulge so that you don’t end up drinking all evening – the hangover in the morning will do nothing to make the next day at work better!

Switch off

Instead of letting things stew, make a pact with yourself that work gets left at the door at 5pm. Family time is precious and you don’t get paid for fretting about work out of hours so make the most of your evening playing with your kids and spending quality time with your partner. Giving yourself a break from thinking about work will help you be more focussed when you go in the following day.

 

 

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About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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