Techniques for relaxing after a long and stressful week at the office

The Basics

1. Do Some Yoga!
2. Stretch. Having quick stretch relieves muscle tension and help us relax during a stressful workday.
3. Jog in Place. Though we might not be able to run away from our stress, it’s worth practicing.
4. Take a Walk.
5. Play some of your favourite music and dance!
6. Run a nice hot bath or stand under a warm shower, just breathing in the steam.

 

Turn to a hobby

Having a hobby is the perfect solution for stress. If your work focuses mostly on your mind, then you should choose a physical hobby, such as running or going to the gym. If on the other hand, your job consists mostly of manual labour, then you should find a hobby that relaxes your mind, such as writing or photography. When it comes to music, it does an even better job if you actually have some skill in playing an instrument. It’s a relaxing hobby that combines routine and music, and is bound to help you get your mind off the stressful situation that you had at work. A hobby is more than just an activity – it’s a way to learn something new and grow. It’s a great alternative to what you do as your job.

Painting is a great choice for a hobby, because colours have a soothing effect on us. Another positive side is it’s easy to turn it into a family fun activity. So, let your artistic side out, even if you aren’t the best at it, and allow the colours to take the stress out of you. The idea is to have your mind forget about the work and focus on the canvas and family time instead. It’s a great way to slow everything down and allow yourself to process it.

 

It’s All In The Mind

Stress involves a number of thoughts and emotions. You may think that you can’t properly manage the stressors you’re facing , and become overwhelmed with fear as a result, which may even perpetuate the stress cycle. Take a moment to reexamine your thoughts, you might find it helps you to relax.

The following tips can help you to better understand the mind and alter the stress cycle as you learn how to relax and face your stress:

  1. Out with the self-deprecating & in with the self-appreciating.
    1. Stop beating yourself up for things that are out of your control. Learn how to rewire your thoughts so that the way you manage the stress in your life is more positive. This is a slow process, but it’s important to learn how to roll with the punches for things that are out of your hands.
  2. Figure out what your cognitive distortions are, such as a black-and-white outlook, jumping to conclusions, labelling and focusing on the negative, as well as how to correct them
  3. Work to develop greater optimism
    1. Give yourself credit where it’s due. Highlight your successes rather than your failures.
    2. There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.  Congratulate yourself on your accomplishments, big or small.
    3. Practice positive affirmations; such as placing post it notes with positive messages around the house, (Especially the bathroom! Believe it or not, making a notice of a goal /list of rules you want to follow in the bathroom helps a lot more than you’d ever imagine! Stop reading the contents of your shampoo bottles & fill your mind with the targets within your reach.)
    4. Plant the seeds of happiness by speaking them into existence. During your morning routine, take a good look in the mirror. Make a goal for yourself. It doesn’t have to be specific. ‘Today will be a good day’, or ‘I can manage whatever life throws at me today’ helps you build a layer of confidence.

It’s important to remember that only watered flowers grow. Identifying the sources of your stress, giving yourself a pep talk in the mirror, these are all positive things, but you really need to put in the effort in order to reap the rewards. Start off small, even if it feels a bit hubristic. Tackling stress isn’t something that happens overnight. As they say; ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour’.