5 ways to de-stress after a long week at work.

“De-stress”: /diːˈstrɛs/: Verb- to relax after a period of work or tension

World mental health day was a month ago ( Oct 10th, 2018), and as serious as it is, people tend to shy away from talking about mental health and the work place. If as a professional you are not 100% mentally, you would definitely have difficulties in achieving your set tasks. De-stressing from work and work related activates can not be stressed enough.

Given that most of us spend a good amount of our time at work, it should come as no surprise that the work environment plays a significant role in our psychological health, and in turn the economic health of whatever business/profession we  find ourselves in.

De-stressing after a long week can be difficult to do, especially when you feel like you have no time to do it. If you aren’t feeling rested (and not just sleeping rested), that’s a good sign you need to de-stress. Aside from making sure you are getting enough rest, here are 5  things to try to get you to de-stress after that long week of work.

Exercise.

It may seem counter-intuitive to exercise when you are low on energy and stressed out, but you have to use energy to get energy. Exercise releases endorphins – the hormone that makes us feel happy and reduces stress.

Go out with loved ones/friends.

After a long week, it safe to say we all deserve a night out with the people who make the stress all worth it. Your friends and family are always there to support you, and going out and having fun is a great way to relieve stress, and to get your mind off of real life for a while.

Read.

It’s easy to get lost in a good book. It also helps keep worrying down to a minimum.

Treat yourself.

Go eat your favorite snack, or buy yourself something you wouldn’t normally buy. It feels good to reward ourselves once in awhile

Meditate.

This one isn’t for everyone, but it will allow your mind to clear and reflect – which can be a really helpful escape or insight when you have a lot on your mind.

An important aspect of taking care of ones self is making sure that you have time to do it. That may mean you actually have to schedule it into your program, and you may have to disappoint some people/other engagements in the process. Some people may de-stress and/or re-energize by being around people, while other people may need alone time. Self care comes in many shapes and sizes. The first step is figuring out what works best for you at what times.

Let us know how you best de-stress after a long week.

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