We all know what it’s like trying to survive yet another work week, meeting deadlines or studying for exams. Trying to manage your work and home life can be difficult and sometimes your efforts just slip through the cracks. I myself have found difficulties trying to find that balance and have resolved to make more of an effort to take care of myself and my well being rather than focusing entirely on the demands of work. With this in mind, here are a fair few ways to help you make it through the work week.
1. Wear comfortable clothes
Sometimes it’s ok to want to change straight into your comfy clothes like pyjamas and gym leggings and just lounge around the house for the rest of the night. I know it’s the first thing I do after coming home from a long day in the office and sitting in traffic for close to 2 hours. I mean what else am I going to wear?
2. Have a nice meal
If you don’t feel like cooking then take advantage of those pre prepped meals you did at the weekend instead of spending your night in the kitchen. Or if you enjoy spending your time that way then utilise it by making your favourite meal or treat yourself by satisfying your sweet tooth.
Clear your head with a mid week catch up with friends, even if it is just on the phone or by text. Enjoying a good gossip or some friendly banter will help take your mind off of work and any other stresses you have. Same goes with family, if you live at home then sit down with a sibling or parent and just relax in front of the TV. Unwinding after a long day (or week) is best when it’s done in good company.
4. Cuddle your pet
Animals make everything better, it’s a fact. One of the first things I do when I get home is say hello to our dog and soak up all his cuteness I’ve missed during the day. You can also get out for some fresh air and clear your head by taking them for a walk, especially now it’s getting both warmer and lighter, it doesn’t feel like all your choices are limited to staying in.
5. Do something active
Go for a run or visit the gym for an hour after work to sweat out all the stresses of the day. I myself don’t particularly love exercise but I do like how I feel after it’s all said and done. The endorphins brought on by being active helps to wake up your body and make your mind more alert. I know for me after sitting for 9 hours in an office chair and then a few more in traffic, it’s feels good to stretch my body and push myself for a quick hour before going home to relax for the night.
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6. Do something you love
Whether it is scrolling through social media, reading a book, writing or catching up on blog posts, this is the time of the day where you can sit back, relax and do something you enjoy that isn’t about work. Tinker with a new blog post or come up with ideas for future ones, whatever it is that makes you happy you can always find time for.
Nothing is more important than that work/home life balance, even if it is hard to manage sometimes. So it’s important that you do things to relax and unwind after a long day and raise your spirits, especially after a particularly stressful week. Remember to take care of yourself and not focus too much on the stresses of work life, this is something I especially are in need of learning, so lets do it together!
How do you relax after a day at work?