4 Ways to Unwind at the End of the Day

4 Ways to Unwind at the End of the Day

It’s harder than ever to relax at the end of the day, given how demanding our lives and jobs have become. To manage expenses, many people have to work more than one job. The busy and stressful lifestyle can take a toll on your mental and physical health. According to a study by Harvard Business School, people who work for long hours under stressful conditions have a shorter life expectancy. 

It is vital to unwind at the end of the day so we can avoid stress and maintain good health. Our bodies need to get a good night’s sleep to fight off stress, fatigue and other health issues. If you reach for a glass of wine (or two) at the end of the day to unwind, it is wise to stop as alcohol can have a boomerang effect on anxiety. Your sleeping schedule is adversely affected by alcohol, and when you find it tougher to sleep at night, you will have anxiety and will reach for more alcohol to relax, which becomes a slippery slope. 

A good night’s sleep can only be achieved if you are relaxed and stress-free. Instead of dozing off on the couch, here are some ways to unwind and improve your overall health.

Put your Phone Away

Unlike traditional phones, smartphones do much more than just call and message. They are designed to feed you information. And even when you think that you are relaxing in bed, your brain is actively absorbing all the content you see online on your phone. So, when you check our phone, your brain stays awake which makes it harder to go to sleep, and get your body the rest it requires.

 Drink Green Tea

To refresh yourself after a hard day, a cup of herbal tea can be the magic you need. Green tea contains a chemical, L-Theanine which helps in reducing anger and anxiety. According to research, this chemical creates a sense of relaxation that lasts up to 30-40 minutes. So, drinking a cup before going to bed can be helpful. 

 A Soothing Bath

Nothing can help you relax as much as a detoxifying bath. A nice hot bath or shower makes your muscles relax, and allows your body to release tension. Adding Epsom salt as you soak can also have a profound impact on your body. To unwind further, light up candles, grab your favorite book and enjoy the sensation of warm water against your skin. But keep in mind to not leave the candles lit when you leave the bathroom! 

Take a Walk

If you have the energy, a walk can be a productive way to relax. Plus, engaging in some kind of physical activity during the day is very important for optimal physical health. So, take out 20-30 minutes out of your day and walk outside. A nice walk before or after dinner can prevent a lot of diseases including diabetes, heartburn, obesity and more. 

The Takeaway 

Stress, anxiety and tension can decrease your mental and physical health. Though easier said than done, stress management by leaving work issues at work is a great start. At home it is best to find relaxing activities and to unwind with some of the suggested strategies so you can get good sleep, which is your body’s way of healing and recovering from the day’s stress. Stress management can be augmented by talking to a counselor or a therapist. You can always schedule an online appointment with a certified therapist from WoW Health’s Telemedicine platform, and connect from the comfort of your home.
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Dr. Jawad is a practicing physician with extensive administrative experience, who has firsthand knowledge of running a medical practice and working in employed models. WoW Health aligns incentives for the healthcare ecosystem so all stakeholders benefit from transparent and direct relationship between patients and medical service providers.