These days, things are a little more stressful than they used to be and we’re all looking for ways to relieve some of that added pressure. So, today I’ll be sharing my best advice on how to de-stress after a long day, and I think these tips will help you really wind down after work and maybe even get a better sleep at night!
Keep reading to see some great ways to relieve stress after a hard work day that could really benefit you in the long run. These are all things you can add to your evening routine that are either inexpensive or completely free and should significantly improve your mental health and wellbeing if you do them consistently!
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How To De-stress After A Long Day
1. Watch Something That Makes You Happy
This could be a TV show, a movie, a YouTube video, or whatever you want, but put something on that is either going to make you laugh or that’s going to be calming and bring you peace, like an ASMR video.
This always helps to put me in a better mood and relieve some of the day’s stress, since it takes your mind off of things that happened earlier while you focus on what’s going on on the screen. I think most people do this already, but I would say to also be careful with the actual content you’re consuming, which means that you want to make sure you’re watching positive things that uplift you.
2. Light Your Favorite Candles
This is just the best thing because not only is it super relaxing to have some candles lit in your apartment, but it also just makes your entire space smell so good! I usually have 1-3 candles going during most evenings – it makes me tired at exactly the right time and I swear I get better sleep just from doing this!
This candleis literally stunning to keep as part of your apartment decor and it smells soooo good!
3. Keep Your Home Serene and Clutter Free
Coming home from a long, hard day to a huge mess is something that no one wants to do. One of my best tips on how to de-stress after a long day is to try to keep your space as neat and clutter free as possible so that when you get home in the evening, you’re entering a zen space (rather than a chaotic one).
I think the best way to achieve this is to avoid leaving huge messes for yourself and just clean and tidy up as you go – for example, hanging your coat up immediately after stepping in the door instead of throwing it on a chair or the couch, or doing dishes right after you use them instead of letting them pile up in the sink! This strategy has served me the best, because all of those tiny steps you do to keep things neat and tidy really add up throughout the day.
4. Put Your Phone Away
It is truly so nice to have time away from your phone so that you’re able to be more in the moment and focused on what’s going in front of you. I think we miss a lot of life’s little valuable moments by being buried in our phones all the time, so one of the best ways I know of for how to de-stress after a long day is to put your phone down and do something you actually enjoy that doesn’t involve seeing everyone else’s lives on social media.
5. Call A Friend
This is honestly something I need to do more of, but talking to a friend over the phone or FaceTime is a really therapeutic activity that allows you both to gripe a little and get some things off your chest while empathizing with the other person at the same time. I feel like my generation especially is just always texting and hardly has any real face to face or even phone interaction (if you’re a younger millennial or gen Z then you know what I mean) and it’s just so nice and calming to actually hear a friend’s voice.
Thank you for reading my best tips for how to de-stress after a long day! Are there any that you think I should add to this list? Let me know in the comments below – I’m always looking for new self care tips and tricks and I’m sure it would be helpful to anyone that might be reading the comments as well.
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