During the week, most of us spend at least 8 hours a day at work. Whether you keep nine to five or different hours, after eight hours of sleep and a minimum of transportation, you’re usually left with seven hours or less to yourself. When I used to work retail, I probably had around three hours from getting home until crashing in bed and those were usually spent eating, drinking wine and bitching about my day and how tired I was.
I hope your work situation is not the same as mine was. But if it – looking back at that time and thinking about what I would have done different, is that I should have lived more in the moment. Because life is short, is not worth the time to worry about things that happened or will happen at work, when you are finally off and can enjoy your free time. Not only that, by thinking of something else or doing something to make your day worth it, the next day you will feel more relaxed and have more energy to do things right. Don’t get me wrong I think it’s great if you are working your ass off, earning extra money and killing it at work but there is a difference between killing it at work as a successful woman and not having a life on the side. Are you with me? Are you experiencing this situation right now?
Eating and drinking after work might sound just like what you need, but your body will feel more rewarded if you try some of these activities and create your own boundaries. I am talking about boundaries that help you separate work and free time.
- After work – hit the gym. It’s going to be hard in the beginning, and you may not feel up to it but it helps you get a good night sleep. Running has been proven to help you unwind from your problems and at the same time you keep yourself in shape and burn calories. Don’t do it everyday but plan some fixed days and times during the week and stick to them, it’ll soon be a habit.. Even better, be part of a class that meets regularly, for example a spinning or cycling class. There will be a teacher to push you hard and music to keep the energy up together with the rest of the class.
- Just like going to the gym, arranging a small activity after work will teach your brain to think of something differently. It can be a skype call with your friends, reading a magazine, going for a walk etc.
- Meditate. You don’t have to be a professional or be in a yoga class (although that would be another good idea) but when you get home, wear something comfortable, dim the lights and try to sit in a meditative position. Think of your day but not for too long and then associate it with something nice that comes to your mind. For me, relaxing music that I usually find on Youtube actually helps me leave my thoughts behind and see them from very far away and focus on the present.
- This might just be my, but another way to release the stress from work was organizing. I am sure there is some part of your closet or kitchen that needs some organizing. If you are looking for tips to organize try this.
- A long hot bath, wine and a good book. I wish I had a bathtub, I would be laying in it all day, everyday. I am dreaming of the time when I will have one, I will make it like a little spa with lots of nice bath salts, soaps, small towels and a place to put my head and my glass of wine. Isn’t this a great idea? Meanwhile, reading a book? That will definitely take your mind off anything you’ve gone through that day. At the moment I am reading the universe has your back on “how to feel safe and trust your life no matter what” if you are looking for book inspirations, you can find it here.
Why is it so important to relax after work? It’s not just for fun, our bodies need it both mentally and psychically. I find the best way to relax from all your worries is going on a holiday, but a few weeks per year is not enough for your body to accumulate the positive energy for the whole year. This is why I think having your own ways to relax after work, is the way to go. Reach.out explains why is it important to relax, the benefits of it and ways to do it.
I would like to know from you, which ways do you find are the best for you to relax after work? And do you feel like you don’t give enough time to yourself?