10 ways to destress after a long work week
Updated: Mar 13
Let us show you the best 10 ways we've found to de-stress after a hard week's worth of work!
Nothing beats getting up and about - and it won't make your stress dissapear, but it will help in reducing your negative thought patterns. It's been shown time and time again that being active is a major mood improver - and it can be as little as just getting up, finishing off a bit of tidying around the house, walking to the shops, or heading out for a 15 min stroll in the woods.
2) Take Control
If you remain passive your stress will get worse. Try to gain back a bit of control - if you have personal items that need resolving (paying bills, tidying, writing e-mails) make a quick plan to tackle these in an organised manner. Regaining control over your personal situation is a sure fire way to get empowerment back and bust that stress right out of the park.
3) Connect with people around you
Having a good support network of people - peers, friends - can ease your troubles and make you see life in a different light. The proverb 'A problem shared is a problem halved' has never been as true. It's not only the people we connect with, the situations also involve some amount of stress reduction - e.g. going for a drink with a friend in a pub and having a good laugh about life's current problems that seemed so big before you started but now are looking smaller after very minute.
4) Get some 'me' time
Self-improvement via personal growth is extra important. Take that time to walk the long way home - drive via the back roads for a relaxing experience. When the kids are in bed treat yourself to that book or article in a nice hot bath. Or just put your feet up and binge watch that Netflix drama everyone's been talking about.
5) Challenge yourself Set some goals that challenge you. When you continue to learn you become more emotionally resillient as a person. It can arm you with extra knowledge and makes you become less passive as a result. Seize the day as the romans once said!
6) Avoid unhealthy habits
Booze, smoking and caffeine are all ways to help cope - but an over abundance of these can be detremental. In the long term they won't help if you over indulge - it may provide temporary relief, but it won't make your problems disappear.
7) Helping other people
Volunteering and community work can help build resillency. If you are helping people who's situations are worse that yourself, it can put your own problems into more perspective. If you are unable to commit much time, try doing something as simple as a coffee run for a colleague, or helping a neighbour put their bins back by their house.
8) Work smarter, not harder
Prioritise your work for a more efficient use of time. Leave your most important tasks to last, and accept that your inbox may just always be full. Don't always expect it to be cleaned up by the end of every day.
9) Try to remain positive
Try to take the time to appreciate things that you are grateful for. Be the glass half-full not half-empty. You could try writing down every day 3 things that went well, things you achieved or that you were grateful for.
10) Accept that you cannot change everything
Concentrate on things that you have it in your power to change. For example - if you're in the middle of a round of company layoffs, there is not much you can do about this. However - looking for jobs whilst brushing up your CV is taking control of the situatuon.