How do you de-stress after a bad day? I recently had a very horrible work day. When I was done I just felt so exhausted, incredibly low, distraught, upset… you name it. These are the times where I feel like something must be wrong with me. Sometimes I feel like I don’t handle stress very well at all. I know everyone’s tolerance level is different. It could be that mine is pretty low although I try to hide it. :O
So… what do you do to calm yourself and get back to normal after a hard day? I wanted to share this post for you and for me, so we can remember there’s always light at the end of the bad day tunnel.
Below are some ideas I’ve put together to help you relax, recover and rejuvenate your mind, spirit or body after a day from hell.
P.S. – I’d love to hear your tips below in the comments so please share them. I’ll add them to my list.
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1. Light a Candle or Several Candles
I love how relaxing and therapeutic candles can be. The scented ones also smell wonderful.
Try lighting a candle and watch the light dance. Let your body slowly relax or even fall asleep to get rid of the bad energy of the day.
2. Make Something!
If you are a creative type, you may need an outlet for that pent up energy and stress. It might help to do a little project. Put that frustrated/nervous energy into a DIY project. I’ve found that anything where I need to focus hard on following instructions helps so much .
Consider going for a short run. Pounding your feet on the pavement (or a treadmill ) may be just what you need to release that pent up energy. Even a brisk walk or lazy stroll around the block can help immensely if only to get your mind off the day and put it behind you. If you’re at work, take a 15 minute break and walk up and down the stairs or around your building. Sometimes it helps to just step away from whatever you’re doing, even if only for a few minutes.
Gardening is also something I love to do and have found it to be so therapeutic.
Don’t forget to save to Pinterest!
This is closely related to exercise but it can do wonders. Play some of your favorite music and do what my little sister calls an “artistic interpretation” of your favorite song.
Find something that makes you laugh. Watch a favorite television show that will have you rolling on the floor in laughter. Funny YouTube cat videos are some of my favorites.
6. Talk It Out With Someone Who Loves You
This can be a close family member, a good friend or someone who just gets you. These are the people that just make us feel good while in their presence and have a way about them. For me, it’s my sisters. I love talking to them to vent because I know they get me and won’t judge.
Remember – Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself!
Realize that we all have setbacks and or make mistakes. Go easy on yourself when you’ve had one. We are always much harder on ourselves than others are. Usually, it’s not as bad as we think it is at the moment it’s occurred.
I’ve looked back later on problems and realize it wasn’t so bad as I originally thought it to be.