Truly, stressful jobs come in all shapes and sizes. One man’s pleasure is another man’s stress. It could be the last day before the Christmas holidays for a teacher, or maybe a long stressful day where the phone never stopped ringing. It might have been a day where you simply couldn’t meet your quota no matter what tactics you tried. In all these cases, all the employees want to do is get home and relax. But, what are the best ways to unwind, to relax after a tiring day on the job?
Finding the right techniques to relax have more benefits than just peace of mind. Indeed, they have a number of other advantages. First of all, employing relaxation techniques can lower the heart rate and blood pressure, providing a definite physical benefit. Furthermore, keeping relaxed can improve blood sugar rates and digestion. Sound good? But the question still remains, how can you really relax?
Take a Deep Breath
Well, maybe more than one. Breathing exercises are an excellent way to achieve relaxing say experts. In fact, experts in the field suggest belly breathing as an easy technique to try just about anywhere. Find a comfortable position, either laying on a bed or sitting in a comfortable spot. Place one hand on your stomach just under the ribs and the other hand on the chest. Then, take a deep breath through the nose and let your belly do its work, pushing the hand out, however, don’t let your chest move. Finally, breath out through the lips, sort of like whistling. Your belly hand should go in and use it to push all the air out. Rinse, Repeat 10x.
Relaxation for the Mind
After a long stressful day, the body also needs relaxation. For some, this could take the form of exercising. Yes, for someone who sits at a desk all day, lifting weights, going dancing, or on a long quiet walk can be ultra relaxing. For others who have a more active day job (or night), an hour in a hot tub, curling up with a book, or some mindless television could be the answer. Find a cool, comfortable spot to plot your relaxation. An increasing number of adults are turning to squishy, oversized bean bag chairs to achieve their result. Check out Fombag.com for more information on how to transform your den/bedroom/rec room into an oasis for relaxation.
Get a Massage
If your partner isn’t up for the task, call a business specializing in both deep-tissue and relaxation massage. While some people love the feeling of hands kneading out the kinks in their back, still others want to drift off into la-la land from a soothing touch. You’re the boss and can call the shots here, simply letting the therapist know which you prefer. For 50 minutes to an hour, your only concern is if the blanket is warm enough. Many massage companies offer a subscription service offering discounted rates if you schedule at least once a month.
Not everyone has unlimited time or budgets to fully relax the way they’d like. With that in mind, there are several ways to relax with little effort on your part.
- Chocolate– go for the dark variety and you’ll find just 1 square will help out a great deal, regulating cortisol levels and stabilizing the metabolism.
- Sip Tea –Especially if the hard stuff…coffee, is your normal go-to, tea could be the relaxation compound you’ve been looking for. Green tea, for example, contains a chemical that helps relieve ones’ anger.
- Chewing Gum–It’s not just for kids anymore. In fact, research shows chewing on gum for just a few minutes can reduce a person’s anxiety.
Don’t let the stress of your day get you down or affect your health. Take steps to relieve your body and mind of its money-making duties and concentrate on bliss for a few minutes at a time.