6 Ways to Relax, De-Stress, and Unwind
Have a rough day at work? How about you got a test back that didn’t go so well? Are you an introvert that needs time to themselves or even an extrovert that needs help falling asleep? I’ve put together my six favorite ways to unwind after a stressful day for you to tryout and enjoy.
You’re always breathing, right? Despite sometimes you feel like a walking zombie during stressful times, you’re not an actual zombie. Deep breathing, or being actively aware of your breathing is a way to quickly calm down when hit with a lot of stress. Personally, taking a deep breath, holding it for a second or two, then releasing works wonders when I’m at work and don’t have the chance to do much else.
2. Hop in the Shower
You don’t even have to take a shower. Sometimes when I get overly stressed it comes with an increasing feeling of restlessness. It’s like my body can’t handle trying to sit still and calm down that way. I’ve discovered that hopping in the shower with the warm water is a way to reset things. You don’t even have to be as agitated as me. Taking a hot shower or bath before bed is a common suggestion to feel more relaxed and to help you sleep.
3. Invest in aromatherapy
I personally love the scent of lavender. I have a large collection of lavender scented products that I use to help keep my calm and de-stress after a complicated day at work. I have candles, pillow spray, room/fabric spray, body wash, lotions… you name it, I have it. But what if you don’t like lavender? Not a problem! There are other scents that give off a relaxing aroma like vanilla, valerian, jasmine or just any scent you generally like. Bath and Body Works has an entire Sleep line that’s dedicated to just that.
There’s a reason soft, slow music and sounds are played during massages and in relaxing environments. Places like YouTube, Spotify and Pandora all have playlists that cater towards relaxation and sleep. Check out this supposed World’s Most Relaxing Playlist on YouTube to see for yourself.
To piggyback on the music and sounds bullet, I recently discovered the world of ASMR. What’s that? It stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and has been described as a pleasant tingling sensation while listening and/or watching certain sounds and movements. It’s recently become a more popular topic on YouTube, so you can look for anything that fits your fancy. While I’ve never experienced the overall tingly sensation most people describe, I have found that listening to some of the videos are generally relaxing regardless.
6. Herbal Tea
I absolutely love advocating tea as a stress reducer. Chamomile tea is my favorite for winding down at the end of the day. It’s the most common tea I’ve heard of recommended for better sleep and relaxation. Don’t like pure chamomile? My favorite is a chamomile honey vanilla flavor from Celestial
Do you have any other ways of relaxing after a stressful day? Or maybe something I’ve suggested hasn’t quite worked for you? Let me know in the comments!