Let’s chat how to decompress after a hard long day — something we seem to be seeing a lot more of in 2020.
I hope you’ve landed upon this post in a zen-like state of relaxation but figure that’s very likely not the case. After all, is anyone really feeling “zen” in 2020? Doesn’t seem like it.
So no worries. If you’re not currently in a relaxed state of bliss — you are 100% not alone.
Without dragging through all the details, I think we can agree it’s been a tough year. There are many long hard days behind us in the rearview mirror, but – from the looks of it – more to come ahead. In navigating it all, it’s important to remember to prioritize taking care of ourselves. Because if we don’t, we run the risk of completely burning out – which absolutely won’t help matters.
How to Decompress After a Long Hard Day
Picture yourself engulfed by stress and just feeling done. In that moment, knowing how to decompress after a long hard day can be tricky. Essentially, you’re mentally fried and feel like your mind has been parked in a pressure cooker with a million thoughts and concerns.
Over the last four challenging months, good days for me have been balanced out by some pretty bad days. When those arise, taking time for myself to decompress has been crucial in keeping me going. Because yes, sometimes hitting the *pause* button can truly be a necessity! Allowing yourself time to process and release tension will help you from wanting to throw in the towel and give up altogether.
Below, I’m discussing how to decompress after a hard long day and five things that have really helped me. Hopefully these recommendations will help you unwind at the end of the day and give yourself time to recharge for the next.
OBSERVE NATURE AND WILDLIFE
How to decompress after a hard day? If you told me I’d recommend watching birds a few months ago as an answer – I don’t think I’d believe you. But this is something that I’ve found so helpful over the last couple months!
Sitting outside at the end of a long day, taking in the fresh air and observing wildlife has a way of really bringing me back to center. Watching birds fly to and fro has proven to be a surprisingly great way to combat stress and unwind from all the many things keying us up this year.
PUT YOUR PHONE ON AIRPLANE MODE
Recently I did a full digital detox over a weekend, and it was bliss! That pattern of constantly being on a phone, reading all the news alerts and tuning into everything happening on social creates a lot of noise. So it makes sense that tuning out that noise is a great way to give yourself time to decompress and let your mind be still.
While pressing responsibilities might get in the way of your ability to completely disconnect from it all, you can turn your phone on airplane mode. In doing so, you won’t be constantly called upon to look at your phone because of alerts and notifications. You’ll be able to have some uninterrupted time to recharge, clear your mind and unwind.
WATCH THE CHEESIEST MOVIE YOU CAN FIND
Trust me, it’s rare that I would ever recommend watching something like a Lifetime or SyFy movie — but alas here we are. Sure, you can also watch a favorite movie or television show of yours but there’s something really fantastic about watching a completely over-the-top and absurd movie.
When I’m feeling particularly fried, I’ll pop on the Lifetime Movie Network where things like “Dating a Sociopath” and “The Nanny’s Secret” can cure any woes with their complete ridiculousness.
READ A FICTIONAL BOOK
I’ve always found that reading is an excellent exercise in mindfulness. Reading a fictional book in particular, is an especially great way to decompress at the end of the day.
While reading fiction, your imagination is engaged as you visualize the characters, setting and action of the story. It’s a great way to redirect your attention in a positive way. Reading is also a great activity to do before bed, setting you up for more restful sleep — which is so important!
I’m a big believer in hobbies and passion projects. Everyone needs to have at least one thing in their life that they love doing merely for the joy of doing it. Tapping into your creativity and creating can manifest in so many ways, all capable of helping you decompress at a time when you need it most.
Plant flowers in your garden, prepare a delicious recipe, sketch in a sketchpad, paint something, search Pinterest for a seasonal DIY project, write a short story. Truly, the options are endless when it comes to what you can create! You’d think the act of devoting your attention to creating something when you’re burnt out would be just added pressure on your plate — but really? It fills you up. Truly!
Thank you so much for reading! Knowing how to decompress after a hard day is like having little Aces in your back pocket. I hope some of these ideas will help you recharge and reset. Sending love! x
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