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How to Relax After a Long Day – My Favorite Ways

I am sure you all know that feeling after a long day. Most of the time all we want to do when we finally get down time is to turn on the tv and lay down. But in doing that it doesn’t help us to fully relieve the days stresses. I spend a big part of my day doing work on my MacBook/phone, so at night I like to do a couple things to make sure I am ready to take on the next day, instead of feeling burnout and tired.

Workout

I know that this may be the last thing some people want to do when they are tired. But if you have been sitting down most of the day, or have been stressed out it is important to get moving and release some feel-good endorphins.

Personally, I like to work out about 4-5x a week. I find that is the sweet spot for me. However, on days that I am not working out I still like to get out and get moving at least once a day. Stay tuned for my workout routing next week! 😉

Some of my favorite ways to get moving are lifting weights, swimming, going on walks, and dancing. It is important to just figure out what works for you and see what you enjoy doing!

Read

Reading is a great way to distract from what’s going on in the world. It provides an escape and depending on what you are reading can really benefit you. Every night I make myself read at least a little bit of my bible.

I don’t really hold myself to a certain amount of reading, because I find that when I really don’t want to read I don’t obtain any of the information. So forcing myself to read a certain amount doesn’t help at all lol. But it is so nice to take my mind off something and focus on something that doesn’t have a screen for a while.

Also, I love to read self-help books. Some of my favorites are by Jen Sincero and Rachel Hollis. Both of these women are incredible and so inspiring.

Journal

I also love to drink tea or any other hot drink to unwind a little.

Journaling is a great way to sort your thoughts and figure out what you are feeling. It helps to declutter your mind and I guarantee you will feel better after you do so. I try to do this everyday, but sometimes I go to sleep before I can get to it. I am working on fitting it in everyday because it definitely helps!

If you’re stuck on what to write about some great things are your day, goals, dreams, friends, family, favorite things, what you’re looking forward to, etc……

Hang Out With Friends/Family

Furry friends count too 🙂

Hanging out with friends and family is almost a fool proof way to feeling better. I absolutely love spending time with them. When I was younger I didn’t realize how important it is to spend time with people you care about, but trust me every chance you get you should definitely take advantage of!

Clean

This one may not be for everyone, but clearing out your space can help reduce stress drastically. The feeling of having a clean house is one of the best feelings ever. One of my favorite things to do is vacuum. I know that sounds so weird but vacuuming and cleaning can be very therapeutic!

Another one of my favorite things to do is make my bed first thing when I get up in the morning. There are so many benefits to doing this. It helps you to get something accomplished first thing in the morning, helps to keep you from going back to bed, and helps you feel like you have your life together! If you don’t believe me just try to do it everyday for a week and see how much better you feel!

Meditate

I know that meditation sounds like something intimidating or something that a “hippie” would do but it actually helps a lot. When I was in about my sophomore year of high school I started meditating every morning. Since then I am hit or miss with it, but every time after I do it I always feel better. It is kind of harder than you would think, our minds are always racing so it can be difficult to completely stop them. But even just calming it for five minutes can make the biggest difference. I love going on YouTube and searching for short guided meditations. For me I prefer guided meditations over just ones you do on your own, but just find out what works for you!

I hope that you guys enjoyed this post and got some useful things from it! What are some things you guys do? Have a great weekend and I’ll talk to you guys on Sunday!

Love,

Kate

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