How to Unwind After a Stressful Day

How to Unwind After a Stressful Day

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The Huffington Post reports that 43 percent of adults lie awake at night because of stress. Are you part of this 43 percent?

From exercise to hot baths, read on to discover our top tips on how you can unwind after a stressful day at work - and enjoy the peaceful night's sleep you've been looking for!

A man gripping his knuckles due to stress
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Mood-changing music

 

Upon leaving work you might want to stick the radio on as loud as possible to blast away the stress of your day. But did you know the type of music that you listen to can affect your wellbeing? Classical music, in particular, has been shown to relieve stress and promote good health.

Now, classical music isn't everybody's cup of tea, but give it a try! You could find yourself unwinding to the sound of Beethoven in no time!

 

Sweat the stress

 

Hitting the gym can be a great way to combat stress. Focusing your mind on working out is a great technique to put all other thoughts to one side.

Not a fan of the gym? Alternatives such as boxing, swimming or zumba are great ways of getting rid of that built-up pressure (and they’re perfect for getting in shape, too!).

 

Hobbies and interests

 

From video games to pottery, having an interest at home allows you to enjoy a bit of 'me' time. Hobbies are also a great opportunity to learn something new. Whilst your job may be mentally or physically tiring, taking up a hobby can help alleviate the pressures of your working day.

 

Paint away the pressure

 

Colours are said to have a magical ability to soothe stress. So why not pick up a brush and let the colours move you; you might find you're actually quite good!

 

Homemade holidays

 

"I wish I could get the first plane out of here". Find yourself thinking this after a long day at work? Running a bath might not be the same as sipping Sangria on a beach but it could provide a much-needed private getaway.

A bathtub, music, scented candles, and a locked door could be just the relaxation you need. Just make sure you don't fall asleep!

Three white towels rolled up with a red flower on top and pebbles for decorative effect
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Bonus tip

 

Countless studies have shown that staring at a screen before bed reduces the quality of your sleep and is likely to keep you awake at night. There's nothing more stressful than lying in bed knowing you can't sleep. Turn off your gadgets an hour or so before you go to bed and your brain will be able to wind down and help you drift off in no time.

Stress ruins sleep, which in turn, creates more stress. So discover your favourite way to unwind - and enjoy a better night's sleep.

Remember - when you clock out, make sure your brain does too!