To wellness center owners, independent therapists, and anyone near and far,
The team at HealingRadiusPro understands that some days seem too long to bear. They’re the days that leave you thinking about driving home and doing nothing but relaxing, putting on your comfy pants, and falling into unconsciousness. To help you achieve those goals with grace and dignity, we’ve listed five simple, effective, and even fun ways to unwind after a hard day’s work. Check them out below!
Yoga and massage, you’ve heard of those, right? Ba-dum-bum-ching! As a matter of fact, practicing yoga after a long, hard day at work is perfect for relaxing and preparing for a good night’s sleep. With moves that calm your body and mind, you’ll be able to feel your heart winding down before you can say, “Pass me the ZzzQuil.” Refer to our bedtime yoga blog post that includes certain poses to relax your nervous system, encouraging you to snooze the night away. What’s great is that they’re easy to do and as simple as lying straight on your back or having your legs comfortably pressed against a wall. On the other hand, receiving a post-work massage from a therapist or your loved one can improve circulation, reduce pent-up stress hormones, and trigger brain chemistry responses that promote long-lasting feelings of relaxation.
When it comes to getting centered, there’s a variety of ways to do so, including meditating, writing in a journal, reading a book, or cooking. If you’re more of a meditator, well, you know the routine: Sit on a chair or cross-legged on the floor, and make sure that your spine is upright with your head up. Begin centering yourself by calling in all of your energies, bringing them into your body’s space, while focusing on your breathing. Then place them at rest! Writing in a journal is also beneficial when you want to get centered. According to the Huffington Post, journaling comes with a variety of perks as it serves as a route to healing, especially when it comes to relieving the stress of day-to-day tasks.
Soothe the Nervous System
The MVP of nighttime teas, chamomile offers health-boosting benefits that soothe the nervous system for a relaxing night. Hundreds, thousands, even millions of people continue to drink it before going to bed, so it must be doing something right. We’re also all about the essential oils, and one that deserves a bragging moment is lavender. Also called Lavandula, lavender is known for its calming effect on the body as it eases headaches and sore muscles. To draw a relaxing bath with lavender essential oil, add 1 cup of Epsom salts, 1 cup of baking soda, and 2-3 drops of oil to the bath water. That combination will relax your nervous system and release unwanted toxins from your body.
Laugh and Laugh Some More
When you hear someone say that laughing is the best medicine, they are right. Research and studies have shown that laughing and smiling can help relax the body, relieve physical tension and stress, trigger the release of those feel-good endorphins, plus a lot more. If you’ve ever laughed so hard that your muscles hurt, especially those in your stomach, you should know that it’s actually a good thing—a beneficial approach to relaxing several different muscles in your body. So, the next time you wish to unwind after workday stresses, make a funny face, tell yourself a joke, or simply surround yourself with the funniest people in your life! That doesn’t seem too hard, right?
Avoid Blue Light
Blue light comes from most electronics out there, including televisions, computers, tablets, and iPhones. While it seems like the unthinkable to avoid them after getting home from work, there’s an awesome alternative that prevents blue light from interrupting our body’s natural rhythms and messing with our sleep cycles. We’re talking about orange sunglasses! In fact, Wellness Mama, one of our favorite wellness bloggers, wears them at night to reduce any blue light from getting in the way of a restful sleep. She says, “Blue light after sunset can disrupt circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin production.” And since getting a hold of a pair of her own, her sleep has improved and she feels more relaxed. We’re loving it and getting ourselves a pair. We also have Corey Hart’s “I Wear My Sunglasses at Night” playing over and over in our heads.
How did you like those tips? If you have any of your own, we’d love it if you share them with us in the comment section below!
P.S. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!
Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.