How to De-stress after a Long Day

Especially after a long day, it's important to de-stress.

I know how you feel.

It seems impossible to catch up with life, even though it looks like it’s chasing you. You’ve had an awful day, and there’s a weariness that sinks down into your bones. Desperately, you look for a way to unwind, to de-stress.

So below, I’ve included some simple methods that I use to calm down after a rough day at work.

Take a shower.

Get yourself clean. Wash off all of the dirt, grime, sweat, and negative emotions. Relax under the warm water and forget the stresses of the day. It’s good to have down time, so give yourself some.

Go for a walk.

This will give you an opportunity to unwind while doing something physical. So you’re getting a bit of exercise while sorting through your day. Think about the bad things, let them go, and focus on how you can continue to make your day better.

De-stress by listening to music.

Quite often after a long, stressful day at work, I’ll come home, listen to music off of my phone, and pace around the house. It wasn’t something I decided to do to relieve stress, but it worked. In the afternoons/evenings, I kept finding myself pacing, pacing, pacing, and listening to music. It finally hit me that it was my subconscious’s way of de-stressing. And it worked.

Pray.

One of the best ways to handle stress is to take it to God. Take a look at these verses and let out your worries to God. Try praying a few Psalms. Don’t know where to start? Try Psalm 42 and go from there.

He is always there to listen, to comfort, to heal. Give your troubles to him, and he will bring you peace. Find rest in the knowledge that God is in control. Ask him to calm your heart. He is wise, and he loves you. He’ll give you what you need.

Talk it out.

Find someone you trust who will sit down and listen to you rant about your day. I’ve found that while talking out my issues, I can feel a sense of ease coming over me. It’s like some of the stress just falls away, and all I’ve done is verbalize what’s been bouncing around in my head. Also, I’ve found that I can solve my own problems just by talking about them. All I needed to do was say it all to another person.

 

How do you destress? Leave your methods in the comments! I’d love to hear. 🙂

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