Lately, in this bitter cold VT weather, I’ve been struggling to find motivation to even step outside . . . let alone actually be productive while I’m out there. Whether its a day full of classes, a morning of work, or hours of running errands, we all have those days where we just want to come home and de-stress.
Here are 6 simple ways to relax after a stressful day.
1. Light a candle.
This is such an easy task, yet it makes all the difference. Bath & Body Works candles are so amazing; I have five sitting in my room as we speak. The crackle of the flame and the warm scent that fills my room is enough to begin my de-stressing process.
2. Make some tea. (Wine works too)
Whip off your bra, throw on some fuzzy socks or slippers, and cozy up on the couch with your steaming cup of tea.
3. Stretch it out.
Doing a short yoga flow or stretching routine can release all of the tension that has built up in your body over the course of your day. This doesn’t have to be an intense workout, just stretch out all the major muscles in your body, take a few deep breaths, and your body will feel more relaxed immediately.
Whether it’s your favorite Cosmo magazine or your favorite Nicholas Spark’s novel, a light read will help take your mind off of all things running through your head.
Sometimes even reading is too much for our brains to handle at this point in our day. There has been tons of buzz about “stress-relieving coloring books for adults” so I had to pick one up. I found that it really is a great way to relieve stress and unwind at night. It’s something that doesn’t take much thought, but occupies your mind enough so that it doesn’t have time to wander to all of the more stressful thoughts that are constantly nagging at us.
Lastly, if none of the first five strategies help you relax, there’s the option to journal. Sometimes just dumping all of our thoughts onto paper help us to feel more organized. When we can see our thoughts in black and white, it is easier for us to categorize them and get to the root of what’s really stressing us out. Once we identify the main stressor, it is helpful to try and plan out ways to tackle and resolve the issue.
Let me know if any of these tips help you to relax after your next stressful day! What are your favorite ways to unwind at night?
xo, simply jess