We’ve all had stressful days or moments, although some may have them quite often. These moments are typically due to heavy work or heavy school load and maybe from the pressure of having to make unwanted or fast decisions for your life. I can remember being stressed a lot during the time I was in school. I was working part-time, going to school full-time and working as interns part-time. I balanced my load pretty well, however sometimes my workload became too overbearing, and I found myself in many stressful situations. I would especially be stressed out around exam time, as finding time to study in the midst of all of my other activities was often very daunting, stress began to take a toll on my body daily.
I remember trying to juggle everything while staying sane, and it wasn’t until I had a panic attack at work (which was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life at the time, because of my ego, I never wanted to let someone else see me as being unable to control my own emotions). That moment made me realize the stress and pressure I was feeling was something I needed to not only pay attention to but find a way to decompress daily, to prevent further stressful attacks on my body. I’m going to share with you ten techniques I learned to unwind after a stressful day, and mini-meditations you can practice during the day to help keep your sanity intact.
1. Collect Yourself
Take a few moments to step away from all of your thoughts and things to do, by collecting yourself. You can do this by putting your phone away and on silent. Being completely still, isolate yourself for just a moment with no interference, release any tension in your body, and just be. Do this for a few minutes until you can relax and clear your stressful state of being.
Meditation is one of the most powerful ways to unwind after a stressful day. It can also be practiced on a daily basis to prevent stress. Your meditation time can be used for prayer, being one with yourself, silencing negative thoughts, focusing on clearing your mind and finding inner peace. Practicing meditation a few minutes a day every day can help lower stress overall.
3. Practice Breathing Deeply
Deep breathing can be included in your form of meditation as a way to clear your mind. Taking slow deep breaths can help lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Practice deep breathing by taking a deep breath through your nose holding for a few seconds then slowly release. Practice this for about 10 minutes or longer anytime you need to decompress.
4. Spend Time With Your Pets And Loved Ones
Spending time with your pets and loved ones bring on a sense of comfort. If you don't have pets or a supportive family, surround yourself with friends or anyone who helps you feel loved and puts you in a happy place. A good laugh in good company is an excellent stress remedy.
5. Journal Your Feelings
Keeping a journal is a common form of releasing stress. It’s something about putting pen to paper, writing out all of the things you are feeling without judgment from others. Jotting down your thoughts can give that “letting it off my chest” feeling and a sense of relief.
6. Listen To Music
Put on some good music; your favorites songs can help get you in a good mood while relaxing to the rhythm of the beat. If you want you can dance around and yell out the lyrics. Music is the perfect way to perk up your spirit, so grab your favorite CD (do people still use those?) or turn on your favorite Spotify or Apple music playlist and jam out!
After turning on your favorite music dance around like nobody is watching (if you live alone that is even more reason to dance as crazy you want). I love to dance and get my body moving. No matter your skill level, dancing is the perfect mood booster and is popular amongst all ages.
8. Go To The Spa
If you cannot relax alone and are looking for some luxury self-care, the spa is the perfect place to be. Spas have a tranquil atmosphere, and the primary objective of visiting one is not just to take care of self, but also to allow someone else to pamper you. This is one of my favorite ways to unwind.
9. Get Outdoors
I don't know about you, but fresh air always puts me in a clearer state of mind. Go outside, take a walk, explore your neighborhood on foot you would be surprised how many cool things you never noticed while driving. Being outdoors and breathing the fresh air can be a gratifying way to explore nature and relieve anxieties. If you live in a busy part of town, try finding a quiet, safe space where you can still breathe in fresh air, maybe your local coffee shop with outdoor seating.
10. Take Care of Your Body
This is very important because stress manifests from the inside out. It makes a difference to eat a nutritional meal and find an exercise of your choice. Exercising is ideal for letting out any build up anger while lowering stress hormones. Going for a long walk or run, taking a boxing or yoga class can strengthen and condition your body, allowing you to be liberated after a stressful day.
Leave a comment below to let me know if you find any of these tips helpful. Also, let me know of any tips you think can be added to this list.