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Today’s career woman: 3 Ways to unwind at the end of the day

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When it comes to work, you go in every day (on time), attend meetings, and put on a smiling face to appease others but deep down, you’re exhausted. And you’re not one to complain but sometimes everything can just be too much sometimes. Yes, you love your job but is it possible to love your job and hate it at the same time?

If this sounds like you, then it might be time to make some adjustments to your work/life balance. Stress is the culprit in this situation and you need to get to the bottom of what exactly is causing you stress. First, ask yourself this, “what’s causing you to stress at work?” Is it your workload? Is it an annoying coworker?

The American Institute of Stress states that a person’s workload is the main cause of stress and people issues coming in at a close second. If that’s the case for you, then what can you do to de-stress? For your own sanity, you have to figure out how to relax at work.

Now, some of us not only have a hard time trying to de-stress at work but some of us don’t know how to leave work-stress at work and end up carrying it home with us.

Unhealthy habits

For those that have a hard time leaving stress at work, they’ll bring it home with them and that can sometimes lead to unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking cigarettes. Alcohol is actually a depressant of the central nervous system and while people tend to think that a stiff drink will calm them down, it really just brings you down. It can lead to sleep disturbances and major health problems.

The same can be said about cigarettes. Now cigarettes are actually a stimulant but they’re full of chemicals. These chemicals can lead to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and lung disease. If you’re needing to unwind after work, there are better and healthier options for you to choose from. Take a look at these three simple ways to unwind after a long day at work.

Exercise

If you’re stressed at work and want to unwind when you get off of work, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind but you might actually be surprised at how exercising can be beneficial to you coping with work-related stress. Exercise does two things for you: It wakes you up and it can calm you down.

With exercising after work, timing is everything. Because exercising can boost your energy level, you want to be sure to not exercise too close to bedtime or else you might be up all night. Also, if hitting the gym is not your cup of tea, then try taking a nice stroll around your neighborhood or in the park. Yoga is also a great way to exercise through different stretching poses. The whole point is to get your blood flowing to release energy without giving you too much energy from high-intensity workouts.

Go on a date

The goal is to release stress right? What can be more exciting than going on a date? Whether you’re going to the movies, out to dinner, or having a date night in, it’s definitely enough of a distraction to get your mind off of work and will help you to unwind.

These days, there are all kinds of ways to meet people… you can meet through mutual friends of course but one of the most popular ways to meet people now is right at your fingertips! Just keep in mind, dates aren’t meant to be stressful… they’re meant to be fun, so stop stressing about what you’re going to wear and relax; live a little!

Take a weekend trip by yourself

In order to unwind, sometimes it takes more than doing it after work because work will still be ringing in your mind… sometimes you need to just get away from it all and weekend trips are ideal for that, especially when you go by yourself.

With stress being the issue, you may want to go to a place where you can have peace and quiet… you may even want to “unplug” from everything and everyone for a few hours or even the entire weekend. It’s not until you do away with your laptop and cell phone that you realize just how much you use it.

A trip like this can be therapeutic to your mind, body, and spirit. Try it at least once and see how you feel afterward.

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