How to Let Go of Stress After a Long Day
By Sandy Schroeder
Sometimes it can be tricky to make the transition from home to work, especially if it has been a really trying day. Someone suggested we should all have little decompression chambers to use. Others have suggested wearing a sign like, “Be careful I bite!”
It really is hard to not snap at everyone when you are totally tired from an upside down day, but there are ways to cope to help everyone mellow out.
Make a Transition
Little things can help to separate the day from the evening. Here are some ideas from Psychology Today.
Do some deep breathing – Find a comfortable spot to sit. Breathe in through your nose and count to three. Hold for a second and then exhale through the mouth counting to four. Breathe as deeply as you can from the abdomen, rather than the chest, to take in more oxygen, which helps ease tension.
Turn up the volume - Turn on your favorite background music; let classical guitar or soft jazz switch the mood from day to night.
Let exercise release tension – Do a few jumping jacks, run in place, do sit-ups or jump rope. If the weather permits, get outside for a short walk.
Find a quiet spot to do guided imagery – Close your eyes and picture your last hiking trip, favorite spot by the water, or walk in a favorite park. Remember the colors, the smells, the little things that made it special.
Take a shower – Let the warm water wash away the day, and then change into comfortable clothes.
Enjoy the Rest of the Evening
After your transition steps you may be ready to enjoy your evening as you sit down to supper. Turn off the electronics and just enjoy talking with your family. This can be a good time for kids to tell about their day, or talk about plans for the weekend.
Do a quiet period for bedtime – Everybody may sleep better if there is a quiet period before bedtime, where kids take baths, enjoy hearing a story, or just sit and talk about their day. After the kids are in bed it may be a good time to read, do some gentle stretching exercises, or write in a journal. Leave the electronics off as you dim the lights and get ready to rest. With 7 to 9 hours of sleep you will be ready to tackle the next day.
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