5 Ways to Decompress
Stress is everywhere in our fast-paced, technology-driven lives. After a long day or week of running around, you may need something to help you relax and decompress. Below we've listed some suggestions:
Let's face it, we don't exactly get the movement our bodies need during a work day at the office. Exercise has been proven to improve our moods and reduce stress. Get your heart pumping with a trip to the gym, a walk around the neighborhood or at a fitness class with a friend.
Have you tried meditation? Experts say that it not only helps manage stress and anxiety, but can improve mental strength, focus and more. There are several new apps available that help walk beginners through the steps of meditation. Check out this article to read about 76 Scientific Benefits of Meditation.
When was the last time you took at least 20 minutes to read something that you enjoy? It could be a magazine, a coffee table book or the latest novel by your favorite author. Reading can be a fantastic escape from the stress of everyday life. We can immerse ourselves in other worlds and storylines for a moment and just breathe. Try setting aside a little time before you go to sleep each night to read something that piques your interest. It could be 20 minutes or an hour...whatever works best for your routine. You may even notice that getting away from screens and spending some time with a good old fashioned book helps you fall asleep easier!
TREAT YOURSELF TO A MASSAGE
If you have yet to receive a proper massage, you don't know what you're missing. Massage therapy can reduce stress, muscle tension, neck & back pain, tension headaches, and so much more. While a massage at a luxury spa can be an amazing experience, you don't necessarily need to shell out premium prices to enjoy the benefits of massage therapy. Look for Groupon deals in your area, or try a "chain" spa, that may give discounted rates for your first massage. Some nail salons even offer "quick" massages in massage chairs for a much cheaper price. Just think, you're probably spending just as much or more a month on your morning brew from that coffee house you pass on the way to work. Make your coffee at home three days a week and save that cash for a good massage!
SPEND SOME TIME ON A HOBBY
Do you have a long-lost hobby you've forgotten about? Did you once enjoy painting, rock climbing, or bird watching and then stop doing it when you felt that life got too busy? Try to find some time to enjoy your hobbies. Give your brain a chance to disconnect from the stressors that plague your daily life. Even if it's only once or twice a month, you deserve a moment to do something that brings a smile to your face.
What are some of your favorite things to do to decompress after a long week at the office? We'd love to hear some other ideas!