It appears the time of the day we feel the most stressed and mentally drained is after work. Immediately you shut down your computer or put down your tools, it all comes crushing in.
In order to live a fulfilling life, we can’t stop working, but we can minimize the effects of work-related stress on our minds. Adopt these six tips to mentally refresh after each stressful day.
Researchers have established that a basic activity such as journalling has a huge impact on the minds. Writing down your thoughts can help you to destress.
You don’t have to be a good writer to journal. Simply pour down your thoughts and feelings as they come to you. It could be about things that went on during the day or your overwhelming plans for the following day.
Just write anything that comes to mind.
Ditch the Screens
As satisfying as it may seem scrolling through social media or simply staring at your phone, it is the one thing that takes the biggest negative toll on the brain.
The dopamine you get triggers you to keep scrolling to stay happy, but in reality, it leaves you worn-out and mentally drained.
After a long day at work, the best thing to do would be to either turn off your phone or lock it away. Use the few hours you have to yourself to get in touch with reality.
Listen to Your Favorite Music
There is a very understated saying that ‘music is to the soul what food is to the body’. When you have had enough of work, wind down by playing the kind of music that lifts you up.
This type of music may vary from person to person – the key thing is that it makes you happy, or calm, or whatever good feeling it brings you.
The effects of exercise cannot be overemphasized. Not only does it keep your body and heart in good health – it also releases feel-good hormones into your brain that goes a long way in helping you deal with stress.
The next time you return from work with a mountain-pile of stress, go for a run, or hit the gym. It doesn’t matter what you do – as long as you sweat it off.
Take a Bath
Few things can compare to the relief you get from taking a bath.
Taking a warm bath makes your blood flow easier which can in turn elevate your mood and even help you sleep better. You can reap even better rewards by dimming the lights or lighting a candle.
A good way to tune your mind from all the day’s stressors is to mediate. Different people practice meditation differently, but the key thing to aim for is a quiet mind.
Sitting still for a few minutes and paying attention to your breath are all good forms of meditation that can help you mentally refresh.