Write: You don’t have to be an A-1 writer to do this exercise at all. All you have to do is write a summary about your day. Write about the things that went wrong, and possible solutions for the next time. Ideally, I like to write down what kind of day I would like to have the night before. The next day, I write down whether or not my day went as planned and ways I can change it if it didn’t. You might be surprised how you days turn out after adopting this practice. I also feel like it’s really therapeutic to write all of your frustrations down.
Listen to relaxing music: I thought about just saying music in general, but you wouldn’t want to play club music to unwind. I love all types and varieties of music, but to unwind, I prefer classical. I don’t want to tell you what kind of music to listen to, so just listen to the type of music that relaxes you. If you are in fact interested in some calm relaxing music I included a video below of music I found on YouTube.
Foot Soak: Run a nice hot foot soak. You can find a pretty affordable foot soak machine at almost any store. If that’s not in your budget just yet, a large pan or bucket will also do. If you really want to get crafty, run some water in the tub and just dangle your legs in. There are also lots of nice smelling bath salts you can add to your water. If aromatherapy isn’t your thing, than good ole’ epsom salt will do the trick. Give yourself a good 15-20 minutes and just relax.
Bust out a 10 minute work-out: I know for some exercise may not be the ideal way to unwind, but believe it or not it does wonders. Not only does it help you relax but it also helps to boost your mood. Personally, when I get a good short work out in, I feel really pumped afterwards.
As an added bonus you should also try….
I should have this at the top of the list but I decided to make it a bonus move: Meditation. If you check out my previous blog post Best Inspirational Podcast on iTunes I have included some really great meditation podcasts. There are literally episodes on how to deal with anxiety, stress, ADD, and whatever else you can think of. I find meditations so helpful in situations where I just cannot pull myself together. As of right now I meditate as I feel the need, but I hope to become more consistent with time. There are just so many amazing benefits from doing it, not to mention the fact it helps me to unwind.
Drop a comment below and let me know how you unwind after a stressful day!