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How to relax after a hard day’s work!

If you’re like me, you have some stressful days at work. Whether you work for yourself or work a corporate job Sometimes, when these build up, you may feel overwhelmed and stressed. There are a few things you can do, you can dial that stress down that stress at the end of each day and stay peaceful and calm all week long.

I know that we can get really busy and we can definitely find a lot of excuses why we shouldn’t do more things to relax ourselves.  There is no time like now, don’t want for the right time, don’t wait for permission. Just pick one thing from the list below and get after it.

Try these simple, effective methods to help your mind and body become calm after a tense day at work:

Soak your feet in warm water. This is a surprisingly easy way to encourage relaxation. Some therapists and spiritual teachers will tell you that the feet store a lot of energy. Soaking them in a bath of warm water will help positive energies start flowing into the feet and eventually throughout the rest of the body. Some tips:

  • Avoid making the water too hot; you want to soothe your feet, not scald them!
  • Add some aromatherapy oils to the water for added relaxation.
  • Soak your feet while you’re doing something else that can help you unwind, like reading your favorite book or listening to calming music.


Settle into a lavender bath. aaahhh I can feel it now. This is one of the best ways to relieve stress after a tough day at work! Lavender essence is known to instantly soothe ones’ senses and completely calm the nerves. All you need to do is fill your tub with water, add a few drops of lavender essential oil and jump in. You’ll instantly feel the stress slipping away!

Turn on some soothing music. The peaceful sounds of instrumentals or nature can easily release tension from your body or your busy mind. Here are some ideas for soothing music that can help you create peace after a stressful day at work:

  • Classical selections from Mozart or a symphonic orchestra
  • Nature sounds: ocean waves breaking against the rocks or the sound of birds chirping
  • Gentle spiritual music: Benedictine monks chanting or perhaps an African or Native American chant

Try cucumber slices. After you’ve had your shower or bath, you can relax in bed with cool slices of cucumber placed on your closed eyes. Sometimes the entire body ends up feeling stressed when certain parts have been overworked. If you happen to spend a lot of time on the computer, soothing the eyes could easily bring relaxation to your whole body!

Drink chamomile tea. Chamomile is an herb that you can rely on to calm and relax your senses and muscles. Try drinking a cup of chamomile before going to bed so you can get a good night’s sleep and feel rested in the morning.
Go to bed early. Sometimes the best thing we can do is to get some extra sleep, after you have spend some time relaxing, crawl into bed and get an extra few hours of sleep.  You will find yourself recharged and ready to start a new day.

Remember that your body needs nurturing. Intentional relaxation is one way of taking care of your body. Stress can really take its toll, but if you try some techniques to relieve tension, you’ll soon find yourself healthier and happier than ever before.


What is one of your favorite way to relax at the end of a super stressful day?  Leave your answer in the comments below.

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11 thoughts on “How to relax after a hard day’s work!

  1. Lori, when I read the header about cucumber slices I thought, “Oh! I love to eat cucumber! So cool and refreshing.” I wonder if eating them is as satisfying as putting them on your eyes? 😉

  2. I’ve never tried cucumber slices before.

    I’m not sure I want to put vegetables on my eyes, but I do need to find ways to rejuvenate my eyes. And I need to build in relaxation into my workflow. I tell myself I’m going to relax for 5 minutes every hour, but I end up skipping too often. I need to create some punishment. Haha – punishment because I don’t relax enough. So messed up!

    1. haha that is too funny! BUT you are right, you definitely need to relax more, you must be tired from all the writing you do! Maybe cucumbers aren’t your thing… maybe just going for a walk or reading a book. The trick is finding the thing that works for you!

  3. I actually immerse my whole body into a bath and put on some classical music for a ten minute escape.
    For a longer relaxing variation on the theme is a mindfulness meditation bath. I start by feeling the warm sensations of the water as I immerse myself into it, close my eyes for a few moments, bring my thoughts to my breath to relax, then do a soothing body scan starting by lathering up my toes, slowly rubbing the lather in, rinsing it off, then moving to my feet and ankles, working my way up slowly and mindfully.
    This completely removes any residue from a stressful day.

  4. This article of yours is SO timely!
    Having the privilege of working from home, I usually gift myself with several break times a day to rest and rejuvenate. Usually, reading an inspirational book, listening to an insightful audio program, or having a power walk with my dog will do the trick.
    However, when it is simply too much, taking a full day off in the middle of the week — without guilt! — works wonders! And the more I think about it, the more I realize that taking a full day off is really what I need TODAY!
    On my way now to finalize some quick details and have a fun vacation time, doing nothing but enjoying the bright sunshiny day!

  5. Hi Lori,
    It took me a moment to register what the picture at the top of the post actually was. Perhaps that’s a sign I need to take more bubble baths? 🙂
    I do a variation of what you suggest after a stressful day. I drink tea, but normally chai rooibos, a white pomegranate, or some local stuff. I also drink tea when I’m having thoughts about food that are unhealthy. It’s my trigger mechanism to tell my brain what it’s thinking or wants me to do isn’t cool. So instead of focusing on stress or craving sugar, I’m drinking tea instead. It doesn’t always work but it works often enough to be my go-to technique.

    1. I like that! it is true more often enough we can distract ourselves from negative thoughts or behaviors by focusing on a little thing like drinking tea. Perfect strategy, awesome that you found one that works for you!

  6. I always think of the cucumber slice therapy as a beauty treatment, but now you’ve got my interest piqued on trying it for tired computer eyes. I wonder if it would be too much to do the cucumber eye treatment while relaxing in a lavender bath, or soaking your feet? Sounds heavenly right about now. You’ve definitely got it right about the therapeutic properties of lavender. Not only does it calm the nerves, but it has the uniquely balancing property of also uplifting the spirit. Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils because it really is a cure-all. Love all these relaxing tips!

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