At the end of a long workday, it’s only natural to feel wound up. Many of us struggle to leave workplace stresses in the workplace, which means we arrive home feeling anxious, tired, or keyed up.
The good news is that there are some practical steps you can take to wind down, and to truly enjoy a few hours of rest and relaxation in advance of the coming work day.
Here are a few of our favorite strategies for winding down when you arrive home from work.
10 Ways to Wind Down After Work
- Unplug for a little while. Most of us are tethered to our phones and our email inboxes throughout the day. When you get home, try to set your digital devices aside for at least a couple of hours, allowing some time for your brain to detox and prepare for rest.
- Maintain boundaries. If you want to wind down after work, you’re going to need to stop working! Set clear boundaries about not answering work texts or emails after hours. Don’t bring your laptop home with you… or at the very least, don’t bring your laptop into your bedroom.
- Do a manual task. Manual activity can be a great way to get some blood pumping, to unclutter your brain, and to steady your breathing. It doesn’t have to be strenuous; something as simple as folding laundry, washing dishes, or vacuuming the living room can go a long way.
- Get outside. Following a full day in a stuffy office space, sun and fresh air can be genuinely therapeutic. Consider going for a walk, throwing a frisbee with your kids, spending quality time with family and friends away from electronics or perhaps sitting on the porch to reach for a little while. (Don’t forget to leave your phone inside!)
- Exercise. Good health depends on regular exercise. What’s more, vigorous physical activity can provide you with a powerful endorphin rush, helping mitigate stress and anxiety. Make some time for a bike ride, a jog, or a jaunt down to the local YMCA. If all else fails, invest in a stationary bike or a treadmill.
- Soak. Another good way to unwind is to soak in a nice, warm bath. Candles, scented bath bombs, and soothing music can all help. Or, if you prefer, enjoy a hot shower to wash away some of the day’s cares and concerns.
- Make a list. You may find yourself tempted to do some work at home so you can get a jump on the next day’s busyness. Avoid this whenever possible. If you’re feeling really stressed about the coming day, try jotting down a to-do list, organizing your mind and allowing you to feel like you’ve got a game plan for the day to come.
- Do something creative. Everyone needs a good creative outlet. Maybe yours is writing in a journal, water coloring, penning poetry, playing an instrument or spending time with an adult coloring book or cross word puzzle. Just make sure you have something you can turn to when it’s time to let your creative juices flow.
- Limit exposure to blue screens. There is plenty of research to show that exposure to blue light can inhibit melatonin production, making it harder to relax and fall asleep. This goes back to our previous point about unplugging. Simply put, you need to set your devices aside for at least a couple of hours every evening.
- Relax with some CBD. Finally, remember that CBD can often provide a natural and holistic way to relax or to mitigate stress. And, it’s better for your health than alcohol! Make sure you have a good strain of CBD you can use to help you unwind following a hard day at the office.
Find the Right CBD
Unsure of where to begin with CBD? We invite you to explore the Asé Pure Naturals shop, where you will find a number of holistic options, all made here in the USA. And, if you have any questions about which oil tincture is best for you, we’re always happy to help.
CBD can be an important ingredient in your post-work relaxation. If you’ve never tried it before, now’s the time to explore your options. Reach out to Asé Pure Naturals today.