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Hilal Her

Relaxation After Workday – a Need or a Want

March 2024

In an era of increasing global hustle culture and competitive work environment across all professional domains, unwinding after work is often seen as a luxurious indulgence. In reality, to sustain any work, we also require periods of rest from the hectic work routine. When relaxation is not prioritized, especially with high-stress jobs, it can often lead to difficulties with concentration, negative mood spirals, outbursts leading to conflicts, poor insight on tasks, decreased sense of joy and accomplishment at work, ultimately reducing the prospects of professional success. 

Coming home after a long day of work should be a time of relaxation and rejuvenation, allowing you to recharge before the next day. Regrettably, the burden of work-related stress does not simply vanish after the day for numerous individuals. The fast-paced nature of modern careers and the constant presence of technology can often make maintaining a healthy work-life balance difficult. Being able to relax is a valuable skill. It is essential to consciously and intentionally switch off the work-related aspects of your mind and focus on the things in life that bring you comfort. 
One can engage in various activities that align with personal interests and preferences, thus promoting mental relaxation and alleviating daily stressors. Acquiring the ability to understand how your mind and body react to specific relaxation techniques and becoming proficient in implementing them is a talent that can be honed through practice and experience. Consequently, one develops enhanced feelings of rejuvenation, vitality, and concentration towards significant activities. Here are some helpful suggestions for unwinding and relieving stress after a busy day at work.

Catch up with Your Support Circle
Spending time with our support circle has a rejuvenating influence on our overall wellbeing. Engaging in activities with our support network has an invigorating impact on our health. This is demonstrated by various scientific researches which indicates that social support is indispensable for a healthy and fulfilling life. We can easily access these benefits in our daily routine by setting aside small pockets of time to stay connected with our support network. This can offer us the motivation, guidance, and even a much-needed outlet for stress and humor to navigate the challenges of a demanding work life.
Give Yourself a Sleep Edge
Sleep has a tremendous impact on our mood, mental alertness, focus, ability to follow through on procedures, and overall functioning. It is a daily recharge that we need to perform in all areas of our wakefulness. When we do not get enough hours of quality sleep, our lives will be impacted negatively. This includes going to bed regularly, not using gadgets while in bed, building a manageable bedtime ritual to prepare the mind for sleep, not engaging in any strenuous exercise routine before bedtime, low to no light, etc. These are some of the measures that one can adopt to decrease workplace stress in order for the brain to rest and relax at best.  
Nourish Your Body 
You are what you eat, if you eat balanced then you will be balanced. Your brain needs proper nourishment in food and hydration to function properly. This includes the ability to decide about what information to let go of and what to keep focus on. A nutrient-rich diet helps balance the mood and energy levels throughout the day to battle any stress that may come your way.  

Meditation Techniques 
Meditation is one of the quickest and most efficient methods to relax, provided that it is practiced consistently, even if for a short duration of about five minutes a day. Meditation is a practice that can help individuals find relief from the demands of the workplace and reduce stress. It allows you to become more aware of everything happening around you, both externally and internally. This includes being mindful of your surroundings, such as what you see, hear, and smell, as well as being attuned to your thoughts, feelings, and ideas. 
Put It On Paper 
Journaling, transforming our thoughts into physical form by putting them on paper, positively impacts how our brain comprehends information and thus makes it easy to regulate our response to various situations. Once we become an observer of our thoughts, we are better positioned to identify if we are engaging in any thinking errors, irrational thoughts, and harmful coping mechanisms. This de-stresses the mind and eases focus and concentration on the most critical tasks. Building a routine for journaling that seems effortless and doable for you is preferred for maximizing its benefits in your life. 
Physical activities such as engaging in a workout or yoga session, participating in sports, or taking a walk outdoors have been scientifically shown to have positive effects on health. It releases endorphins, making our body well-equipped and our mind skilled in balancing our feelings and thoughts to reduce stress levels. Improved blood circulation, muscle endurance, and elevated heart rate all indicate that our body is breathing more and better.
Schedule Fun Activities! 
As you schedule important work deadlines and meetings, fun and relaxation activities should also go on your calendar, reminder app, and sticky notes. This reiterates to your mind that your wellbeing is also a priority, giving you subliminal cues and feedback to take positive action towards improving your ability to identify stress in your life and efficiently decompress to save yourself from its adversarial impacts. 
Use Calming Aromas
Immersing yourself in soothing scents can have a positive impact on your mood, promoting a sense of relaxation and tranquility. Why not try lighting a candle with a soothing fragrance such as lavender or vanilla? Additionally, you may consider diffusing calming essential oils such as lavender, jasmine, or cedarwood to facilitate a more effortless transition into a state of calmness.
Spending Time Outdoors
One of the best ways to alleviate tension after a long and stressful day is to spend some time outdoors. Being in the natural environment, even if it is only for a few minutes each day, has the ability to calm your mind and make you feel more relaxed.
Taking Care of Houseplants
Plants possess a diverse array of stress alleviating qualities. Consequently, tending to houseplants can aid in diminishing tension and anxiety. Moreover, indoor plants have numerous advantages for both physical and emotional wellbeing, while also enhancing productivity. 

Engaging in relaxation activities after work can have a multitude of advantages, enhancing your overall life satisfaction. By adhering to these tactics for reducing stress at the workplace, you may effectively establish and implement a deliberate plan for recuperation which will aid in maintaining your vitality and productivity in the long run.

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