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Relax Already: Create a De-Stress Routine

If you have just survived another manic Monday, it is time to de-stress. Just like a morning ritual helps you wake up on the right side of the bed, a relaxing, postwork routine can help you unwind in the evening. Your ritual can be as simple as changing your clothes, stowing your briefcase in your bedroom closet, or washing your face. Preferably your ritual should be something healthier than pouring yourself a stiff drink. These small acts can help put a period on the end of your workday so you can get to the tasks at hand, like cooking a healthy dinner, taking your pooch for a long walk, or teaching your wee ones how to bike. Do you have a routine to help you chill out at the end of your workday? Do share.


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TeresaB81 TeresaB81 8 years
Either watch some sleezy reality TV or catch up on my favorite blogs.
rebelkate rebelkate 8 years
Definitely chilling on my bed with my laptop is the best way to wind down. I leave the TV off and have quiet. I check out my email and my favorite websites.
hottpink hottpink 8 years
I usually sit on my patio in complete silence! I work as a receptionist and listen to people talk all day long. I am a people person so I really enjoy talking but it's nice to have complete silence for a few minutes.
michlny michlny 8 years
A great class at the gym is the perfect de-stresser!! Great music also helps...
Vanonymous Vanonymous 8 years
I also immediately change out of my work clothes. Sometimes I'll run a bit on the treadmill or do a yoga video. If I'm really hungry, I'll make dinner first. I love cooking. I usually don't use the computer at home b/c I'm pretty sick of it after being on one for 8 hours at work. But watching a show or reading a book is always nice.
BeautifulHealth BeautifulHealth 8 years
I immediately change out of my work clothes and into comfy sweats. Then I usually start right up on supper because I'm tired and ready for some yummy food. My ultimate relaxation in the evening comes from surfing my favorite websites and blogs on my laptop, while laying on the couch... Sounds lazy, but I usually don't spend my days sitting still at all and keep pretty active. Some nights I'll take a nice hot bath. THAT always relaxes me. :-)
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
First, go to the gym. Then when I get home I do my computer/email routine. Strange that the internet helps me relax, but I think it's because it's a routine and it gets my mind off of work.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Whenever I get home, I put on my lounge apparel (sounds fancy, doesnt it?) drink tea, and watch something fun like the simpsons, family guy, spongebob... I'm a fun person, haha. But it calms me. Or I watch TCM, which is my favorite... love them oldies.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
I get home around 4:30, and immediately change into sweatpants and a t-shirt, and then read all my gossip sites and blogs for an hour or so. It's my favorite way to decompress.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
most of my shifts finish between 11pm and 1am so when I get home I'll take a hot shower then fix myself honey tea and just lay out on the couch listening to music or watching tv or a movie till my feet stop aching...
tangentlines tangentlines 8 years
Going to the gym after work, punching a boxing bag, and lifting weights really helps me destress!
sailing-chick sailing-chick 8 years
When I get home I get changed into house clothes (trackies and jumper - it's winter here) and start to think about what to cook for dinner. I find cooking relaxes me and when I sit down to eat - I've forgotten about my day at work
Spectra Spectra 8 years
When I get home from work, I fix myself a drink and chill out reading a magazine for a good half hour to unwind and stop thinking about work. It really helps me transition from work to home.
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