How To Relax After A Long Day – Rest Your Mind!

January 15, 2021

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Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Why relaxation is important
  • How to relax after a long day
  • Author bio

Introduction

We all have one of those stressful days that seem to last an eternity from time to time! With an endless to-do list of tasks to complete, and one hurdle after another to overcome! You probably find that it seems near impossible to properly relax and wind-down after one of these days. You’ve tried everything you can to forget about the day and rest, but nothing works. You’re stuck in a rut.

However, relaxation and rest are extremely important in order to live a positive, productive and healthy lifestyle. Therefore with that in mind, I’m going to be sharing my top tips and preferred methods for how to relax after a long day. So let’s get right into it!

Why is relaxation important?

Before I reveal how to relax after a long day, I’m going to quickly explain why relaxation is so important. In fact, there’s an endless list of reasons as to why it’s vital to learn how to relax effectively. So I’m going to list a few of the most key reasons below.

Mental health benefits

One of the most obvious reasons relaxation is important, is the mental health benefits. If you’re constantly feeling stressed and unable to relax this can increase anxiety, paranoia and contribute to unhealthy levels of stress. It’s important to give your mind a break.

Better sleep quality

Again, if you’re unable to relax properly it probably means you’re not sleeping very well either. Lack of sleep leaves you feeling drained, contributing to mental health issues, physical illnesses and a decrease in performance.

Increase in motivation & productivity

If you’re able to relax after a long day, you’ll probably find that you see an increase in your motivation and productivity in day-to-day life. Whereas if you’re not relaxing, you’ll probably find you feel less motivated and therefore less productive.

Improved relationships

An inability to relax might make you grouchy and irritable. Which if not dealt with long-term, can put a series strain on relationships and friendships.

Work & personal life separation

Effective relaxation makes it easier to separate your work life from your personal life. If you can’t relax, you’re probably spending a lot of your free time thinking about work.

You deserve it!

To put it simply, relaxation is important because you deserve it. You’re working so hard to perform well at your job, keep on top of your hobbies and other commitments, find time to socialise/do chores/workout, look after your mental health… the list goes on! So you deserve that time to properly disconnect and relax your mind.

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How to relax after a long day

So now we know why relaxation is important, let’s get into how to relax after a long day!

Finish work on time

This probably sounds like an obvious tip – but it’s so often ignored! Overworking has been normalised and so many of us have a tendency to do more than our contracted hours on a day-to-basis. To the point where working extra hours is celebrated, and we actually feel guilty or “wrong” for signing out at the time we actually finish.

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So if you’re having trouble relaxing, challenge yourself to finish work on time for an entire week. I know it can be tough if work is really busy or you have a lot of deadlines to meet etc. But at the end of the day you’re getting paid for a set amount of time that you agreed to do – you don’t always need to be doing more.

Set yourself a time to switch off – and stick to it!

Likewise, you should set yourself a time to switch off from everything. So you should say to yourself I’ll be done with work, chores, blogging, working out.. or whatever it may be by x time. And try your best to stick to it! Even if you don’t quite get that blog post finished.

Put your phone on do not disturb / aeroplane mode

Another great way to disconnect and relax is to either turn your phone off completely or put it on do not disturb or aeroplane mode. Notifications popping up on your phone constantly makes it very hard to switch off from work and social media! I’ve tried to get in the habit of having my phone on do not disturb as much as possible, especially in the evenings.

Try yoga / stretching

Yoga or stretching is an excellent way to relax your muscles and let out tension. Releasing stress physically will also help you to clear your mind as well! I find that full-body stretching helps me to sleep a lot better as well.

Meditation

If you’ve tried yoga but you need something to make you feel even more zen then give meditation a shot. It can feel unnatural and challenging at first, but stick with it. After a few tries, you will start to feel the benefits of bringing the mind and body together, totally focusing on your physical being and letting your mind be free from all thoughts even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day. I’d recommend the app Headspace as a good place to start with this!

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Go for a run

On the other hand, you might feel like you need something a bit more high-impact to exert some extra energy in order to relax. I’d suggest going for a run. I find running a great stress reliever as well as a way to distract my thoughts and clear my mind.

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Take some time for self-care

In addition, make sure you’re taking time to pamper and look after yourself. Whether that’s by having a bubble bath, doing a face mask, painting your nails or doing some hair care!

Light a candle

After you’ve done your yoga or meditation, and while you’re doing your self-care why not light a candle! There is something so soothing about a darkened room with a lit candle – especially one that smells amazing!

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Journaling

Sometimes the best way to clear your head and relax your mind is by writing everything down! Get yourself a journal and make it a priority to spend a quiet 5-10 minutes a day writing down everything that’s preoccupying your mind or causing you to feel stressed or unable to relax. Getting everything that’s in your head out on paper will help you to put things into perspective as well.

Free-hand writing

Similarly if you’re a writer (or not) you could try free-hand writing. Whether it’s a fictional story, poetry, a blog post, or whatever comes to mind! Sometimes writing freely can be a great way to distract yourself from other things going on.

Paint

On the other hand if you prefer art to writing, why not try some free-hand painting or drawing! Try not to think too much about what it is you’re doing, rather just let your mind go where it wants to go.

Watch something that doesn’t require much focus

If you’re trying to relax, but still want something on in the background then opt for a series or movie that doesn’t require too much focus. Watching something really complex or high in action is likely to make your brain feel more wired and active! Put something that’s easy to consume on instead.

Tidy your room

Finally, I know this sounds like a bit of a weird one! But honestly I think it’s so much easier to relax if the space around you is clean and tidy. Plus tidying and organising a space can actually be quite therapeutic if done in the right way. Put on some music and take your time!


Author bio

Kat is a lifestyle and wellness blogger based in Surrey, UK! She graduated in 2019 with a 2:1 in English Literature from The University of Exeter, and has worked in technology marketing since. When she isn’t working, Kat blogs about a little bit of everything lifestyle-related, from mindset and fitness to blogging advice and productivity tips! Her goal is to help her readers to live a more positive lifestyle.

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  • Reply
    katiemay07
    January 16, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Loved this post! So many great ideas! I definitely need to work on keeping my room tidy more often! Also love the idea of free writing, I’ve always loved pen and paper so may give that a go!

    Katie | https://katiemayonline.co.uk/

    • Reply
      Sophia Patel
      January 17, 2021 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks for reading! So many different options for relaxing, I hope you find some that work for you!

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    Beth
    January 16, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    This week has been very hectic and stressful so I needed to read this. I do try to relax but there’s some great tips here. I love a bubble bath but sticking to a time to relax each night is a good idea x

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      Sophia Patel
      January 17, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks for reading – taking time out for yourself is so important!x

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    lynnmumbingmejia
    January 16, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Love these so much! I started taking self-care seriously last year. I’ve always been on the go and and didn’t really slow down til now! My fav self care activities are baking, crafting and rewatching my fav series πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing x

    http://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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      Sophia Patel
      January 17, 2021 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks for reading! Looking after yourself and taking time out is so important!

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    katieemmabeauty
    January 17, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I love having a really long stretch when I’m unwinding! It forces me to put my phone down, and get my body moving (albeit really slowly) and I always listen to really chill music while I do it!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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      Sophia Patel
      January 20, 2021 at 9:38 pm

      That sounds so relaxing! Unwinding is the perfect way to stay calm!x

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    Karen
    January 17, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    My favorite form of winding down after a long is to move slowly through out my routine. After a hot shower I love to spend 30 minutes doing yoga and then another 20 minutes meditating. It helps to light a candle or an incense. And to top it off a delicious meal with my favorite drink.

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      Sophia Patel
      January 20, 2021 at 9:36 pm

      Slowing down is an awesome way of relaxing! Love the sound of this routine!

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    chalkandcheesetravels
    January 17, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Some great tips ill be using a lot. Thanks so much for the tips πŸ˜€ tbis is something I definitely need
    Thanks for sharing
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    Valerie
    January 18, 2021 at 1:57 am

    These are all great tips! I’ve been stressed out lately and really need these reminders. Thanks for sharing them!

    Valerie | https://avecvalerie.com

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    Emily Clare
    January 18, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    I think these tips are so important! Thank you for sharing! I need to separate my work and life more in the evenings!

    https://www.emilyclareskinner.com

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      Sophia Patel
      January 20, 2021 at 9:30 pm

      It is so important, especially for mental wellbeing!

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    Nina
    January 18, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    These are some amazing tips. Relaxation is so important.

    https://www.ninakobi.com

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    Chrissy | Minimalist Maximalist
    January 19, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    These are all great tips! I like to exercise and do yoga when I can. Plus, a candle or two. x

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      Sophia Patel
      January 20, 2021 at 9:30 pm

      Sounds like great ideas! Nothing better than a candle x

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    sophienaylor1
    January 19, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Putting my phone on airplane mode is essential for ensuring I fully relax rather than constantly be checking my phone! Some fab tips here. I definitely agree relaxation is super important for mental health and improved sleep x

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      Sophia Patel
      January 20, 2021 at 9:25 pm

      What a great idea! For sure, otherwise, your mind would never stop!x

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    AH
    January 19, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    I love putting my phone down and it’s true, is important to have a rest time in your day.
    Thanks for sharing
    https://uncuaderno4cero.wordpress.com/

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      Sophia Patel
      January 20, 2021 at 9:24 pm

      You are so right! Thanks for reading x

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    Natasha Evans
    January 20, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Loved this post! I’ve been trying to switch off more regularly this year but it’s been difficult as it’s deadline season! I also find tidying my room really relaxing as it helps me to clear my mind! Thanks for sharing.

    Tash – A Girl with a View

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      Sophia Patel
      January 20, 2021 at 9:24 pm

      Ah good luck! Me too, a clean room helps me sleep so much better – thanks for reading!x

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    Lovely
    January 21, 2021 at 5:53 am

    These are cool suggestions! Meditation helps me unwind and I’m trying to make it part of my daily routine.
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

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      Sophia Patel
      January 21, 2021 at 8:55 pm

      what a lovely routine to get into – perfect for relaxing!

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    L
    March 19, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    I enjoyed this so much!

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