If your days are filled with stressful confrontations, things going wrong, and churlish coworkers and bosses, it’s time to figure out the best way to unwind and get destressed from a long, hard day. Staying stressed out is seriously unhealthy for you and depletes your effectiveness both at home and on the job. So, here are some ideas to relax and take care of yourself.
Once you get away from work turn off the cell phones, tablets, and computers. You don’t need to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In fact, the more you can stay away from your electronic leashes, the better off you are. Staying away from work and keeping yourself free to rest and relax isn’t a luxury– it’s a necessity. So unplug and find other, better things to do.
One of the big ways to get destressed is to go someplace natural. It might be the forest, the mountains, the ocean, or if you’re in the city, a park. Take a walk and enjoy the scenery. Watch the waves roll onto the beach, sit underneath a tree, or bird watch. The further you can get away from your problems, the better you’ll feel.
If you have friends whom you can trust who do not work for the same employer, consider confiding with them. Sometimes just having someone who will listen to you will help get rid of the day’s frustrations. Who knows? Maybe their feedback might help find a way out of your difficulties. Don’t spend too much time talking about work or it could have the opposite effect and make the problems feel much worse. Also be careful to whom you confide in. You don’t want your confidential talk end up being heard about by your employer.
If you own a dog or cat, spend time with them. Pets are extraordinary listeners and they won’t tell anyone what you’ve said. What’s more, if you have a dog, you can take him to the park for a double dose of stress relief.
Nothing works toward getting rid of stress like exercise. Hit the treadmill, exercise bike, or weights and get rid of your frustrations while getting fit. You’ll feel better and you’ll do something good for your health.
Pour a soothing bath and relax, curl up with a novel, or watch a movie. Whatever it takes to get refreshed.