We all have those days where we feel super stressed. Whether it’s from having to deal with a demanding client at work, studying for an exam that you absolutely need to pass, or stress from being behind with your bills, it happens and we all need a breather sometimes.
When I’m feeling stressed from a busy day at work, I look forward to enjoying a quiet night at home where I can just unwind and relax after a stressful day. Luckily, I have no kids yet so it definitely helps that I don’t need to take care of any little ones.
It’s always important to take time out of our day to make sure we’re looking after ourselves especially during these stressful times and practice self-care. If you’re feeling stressed, here are 8 easy ways to relax and unwind your mind and body.
1. Make Your Favorite Hot Beverage
I love making a hot cup of tea and curling in bed or on the couch with a book when I’m in dire need of some winding down time. My favorite tea to make when I want to relax is a Twinnings Chamomile, Honey & Vanilla Tea. It’s delicious tasting with a hint of honey and vanilla and it’s also caffeine-free which is great for before bedtime so you don’t feel wired before sleeping. You can also choose other fruity or herbal teas as well if you’re not really into chamomile. If I don’t feel like having tea, I like to make a cup of a hot chocolate topped with some whipped cream, a decaf coffee, or a cup of hot water mixed with a lemon slice and a spoonful of honey, all of which are equally as delicious! Just stay away from caffeinated coffee and black teas at night if you’re sensitive to caffeine!
2. Binge Watch Your Favorite Shows
In addition to reading to take your mind off things with a book, you can binge watch your favorite TV shows on Netflix, catch up with your favorite Youtubers, or finally watch that movie you’ve been putting off for ages. Sometimes we have so many responsibilities in everyday life that we don’t take the time to relax after a stressful day. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s the perfect time to relax, take a break, and reset your mind.
3. Order Takeout & Have A Cheat Meal
When I’m really stressed, I love to eat comfort food that I wouldn’t normally want to eat on a daily basis. For me, that’s a bag of all-dressed or BBQ chips and a tub of chocolate ice cream. So fattening but absolutely delicious! If you’re not really into sweets or other junk food, you can also order from your favorite takeout food joint to treat yourself. And if you’re feeling super lazy, get it delivered right to your door! Of course, I’m not telling you to do this every night because this would definitely lead to obesity. Only treat yourself once in a while because you don’t want to be constantly putting unhealthy foods into your body and gaining unwanted weight.
4. Pamper Yourself
If you’re not the type to turn to food when you’re feeling stressed, setting up your own spa date in the comfort of your own home and pampering yourself is a great alternative way to give yourself some love and relieve yourself from stress. I love applying clay face masks to help detox my skin when my skin feels congested or hydrating masks if my skin looks a little dull. You can also exfoliate your body with your favorite fruity smelling body scrub that’ll be sure to put you in a good mood. If you’re looking for an awesome scrub that smells good and does the job, try The Body Shop’s Mango Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub. It’s my number one favorite scrub! Last but not least, don’t forget to paint your nails with your favorite polish and a fast drying top coat!
5. Take A Bubble Bath
Another great way to unwind is to take a hot bubble bath in the comfort of your own bathroom. Drop your favorite bath bomb in the tub (mine is the Sex Bomb by Lush), pour a glass of wine, and get ready to relax after a stressful day while your skin hydrates itself with the bath bomb’s moisturizing properties.
6. Write In A Journal
If you need an outlet to vent your problems, writing in a private journal is a great therapeutic way to let out your thoughts and gain clarity on any issues or problems in your life. Sometimes, it’s also fun to go back to old entries after a lot of time has passed and re-read some of the things that stressed you out in the past. You’ll see that a lot of these things you wrote about in the past turned out to not be such big problems after all! It can really help put things into perspective.
I personally like writing in a Moleskine journal. Although their design is simplistic, their journals are so elegant and classy and are an absolute dream to write in as well because the pages are absolutely buttery smooth. The leather outer is also so soft yet durable and the binding allows you to fully open the journal and use the page up entirely. You can choose from a variety of colors, designs (from ruled to blank to grid), sizes (including pocket, large, and extra large) and you can even choose between hard and soft covers.
Meditation is another great way to unwind and refocus your thoughts. If nothing else is really helping to relax me, I like to take some time out of my night to clear my mind. When I’m alone in my own space, I close my eyes and put all my focus on my breathing. I also use techniques such as mindfulness to relax and clear my head.
8. Sleep Early
If all else fails, call it a night and hit the sack early. You’ll most likely feel better after you get a good night’s sleep!
That’s A Wrap
Taking the time out of your busy schedule to relax after a stressful day will help your body and mind to feel more clear, refreshed, and ready to take on the day again. I hope that some of these tips were helpful!
What are some things you like to do to unwind and relax after a stressful day? Feel free to share!