The past two weeks at work have been a tad bit tiring and overwhelming. One of my projects literally makes my brain hurt and last Friday I walked into someone’s office to ask a question only to stand there silently because the words just wouldn’t come out. Yup, it’s just one of those weeks.
Luckily, being a social worker helps me combat this stress. If there’s one thing they beat you over the head with in school it’s how to properly relieve anxiety and tension. Still, many of us can’t seem to get this concept down. This doesn’t just apply to social workers either. Corporate America, trying to live up to fitness industry standards, and just every day life is just as stressful! Everyone needs to take a step back now and then and just relax. It’s the only way you can truly be successful in your career and life without driving yourself completely bonkers.
So, are you so overtired that you can’t even think about ways to relieve your stress and take care of yourself? Don’t worry, here are a few good ways to take a step back and relax.
Go to the gym or take a walk. The gym (or pole class) is by far my favorite stress reliever. I never leave that place without feeling better than when I walked in. That’s because exercise has been proven to improve your mood and reduce anxiety. So, get out there and lift some weights, go for a hike, run on the treadmill, or just walk the dog. Anything to get you moving!
Go to happy hour. Two words: happy hour! What better way to unwind after a long, hard day than a trip to your favorite spot for appetizers and drinks with your friends or coworkers? Or if the gym is more your style, you could take a trip to another kind of bar (you see what I did there?). Just try not to gripe for too long about your job or overdo it on the booze. Focus conversation on other things like life events, sports, or hobbies.
Plan a date night. Is your significant other getting the brunt of your cranky, stressed out behavior? Plan a date night for the two of you to relax and enjoy each other’s company. You can go big or small, as long as it’s something you both enjoy and will get your mind away from work.
Scream into a pillow. Have you ever been so frustrated or angry that you just want to scream? Well, go ahead and do it into a pillow! I’m not even kidding here. I’ve done this multiple times and it feels so good to get the anger out. I immediately feel relaxed because all of that pent up frustration has left my body.
Do something you love. You could read a book, draw a picture, or jog through the park. No matter what it is, do what you love and enjoy yourself. If you work hard, you need to play harder so make sure to take time to appreciate your favorite past times.
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and count to ten. Sometimes you’re still too busy and stressed out to really do any of these things. When that happens, take a seat, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and slowly count to ten. You’ll inhale the relaxation and exhale all the bad energy that’s stressing you out. Quick, easy, and feels oh so good!
Now it’s your turn! How do you unwind after a tough day at work?