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How to Unwind After Work

After a long day of work, it’s important to dial down and let your mind, body and soul relax. I know, from experience, that a lot of us are glued to our phones and emails and it’s hard to disconnect and find that work-life balance. I leave from my 9-hour work day (more like 12 hours because of my commute) and come home to my laptop and immediately do more work. I’ve noticed my easy frustration for little things and how exhausted my mind is when I lay down to sleep. I never truly feel like I’ve had a good night’s sleep.

I decided to change-up this routine of work after work. Here are 5 ways to unwind and relax:

Disconnect

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For the next two hours put your phone away. You can’t truly relax with your phone in your hand so set it aside as you wind down. Our eyes and necks are constantly strained from looking down at our phones, causing unnecessary pain and stress. Our eyes need a break from that white screen so our mind can begin to turn off for the night.

Take a Bath

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Treat yourself to a warm, luxurious bath. Buy some bath bombs or oils to really soak into the skin. Experiment with scents you like and that you find relaxing. My go-to favorites are anything with coconut or lavender. Find what really makes you feel good. If you have trouble sitting in a bathtub in silence, grab a book or a music dock to keep you company.

Yoga or Stretch

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Whether you want to run through a familiar yoga routine or do some basic stretches, activate those muscles. If you’re someone who enjoys a good workout, get that in before your bath. Otherwise, do a few yoga stretches or poses and really concentrate on feeling each move. Sitting in a chair all day is definitely not good for your health. Look up stretches that target problem areas. For me, I always find a stretch for posture and some stretches for my legs.

A Cup of Tea

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Tea is calming in its nature. Choose an herbal tea – you want to stay away from the caffeinated ones since we’re close to bed time. I love the Yogi Stress Relief or Yogi Bedtime Tea. Add a dash of honey and it’s the perfect aroma and taste to calm your senses. If you don’t have any tea at the moment, you can make your own with a hot cup of water and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Prep for Bed

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Get settled in bed early. Light some candles, play some soft music or read a book – whatever helps put you to sleep. Stay away from scrolling through your phone as the screen can actually keep you awake longer than you want. I usually like to cuddle with a book or I’ll sit and brainstorm ideas or journal in my notebook.

What are some ways you unwind after work? Share your tips below!

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Sheena Lakhani

22-year-old grad working in the city of Chicago trying to find inspiration and happiness from her surroundings. Obsessed with reading, listening to stories, dogs, photography and blogging!