We all know the feeling of being totally stressed out at work. Multiple deadlines and schedule conflicts and colleagues that constantly call and e-mail you.
Being at work can be super stressful in so many different ways, and for some people the weekend is the bright light at the end of the tunnel that is a long week at work. The weekend is the time for you to really take extra good care of yourself in times of rush and stress at work. But actually a lot of people do not really know what the best way to relax is. That is why we in this article give you our six best tips to how you can de-stress after a long and hard week at work.
1. Play a game
Our first tip is: Play a game! Whether a board game with your family or partner, or a video game on your phone, computer or PlayStation. Playing games will not only make you relax but will force you to use your brain in a very different way from how you normally use your brain when you are at work. And there are so many different games that you can try. For instance you could try your luck at one of the many Japanese online casinos there are on the internet right now. This is a clever way to at the same time entertain yourself and have fun but also to relax your brain and get your mind off work. You could also use this tip as an opportunity to get some quality time with your family over a game of Ludo or Monopoly at home. There are so many opportunities to de-stress by playing games!
2. Go outside and get some fresh air
Another great way to relax both body and mind is by going outside and just getting out of the house. Sometimes all it takes to relax mentally is to do something physically. If you are up for it after a long work week, go for a run or a walk to get some healthy exercise and think about something other than all the stress you have experienced this week. Go to the local park or forest, or drive to the beach if there isn’t one close to your house. Nature has a soothing effect on the brain which instantly will make you relax.
3. Disconnect and forget everything that has to do with work
Many people tend to take work home with them over the weekend – but this is not a good way to relax and de-stress after a long work week. If you want to perform your best at work, you should also be able to perform your best at home – and this has absolutely nothing to do with working. That is why you should aim for not thinking about work at all when you are home and off work. Disconnecting includes shutting down your work computer and turning off your phone so that nothing can disturb you or get in the way of you de-stressing. Disconnecting completely is the only way to make sure that you do not take any work home with you at all.
4. Relax your body and brain
There are so many ways to relax your mind and body. So you just have to find out what does the job for you. Do you like listening to music? Do you like to read catching and interesting books? Do you enjoy meditating or doing yoga at home? Or do you prefer to just take a nap when you feel stressed or overwhelmed? No matter what the best way for you to relax ist – just do it. Relaxing both body, brain, mind and soul is one of the best ways to de-stress if your head is filled with deadlines and e-mails from work.
5. Create something with your hands
Whenever you need to take your mind off something, try creating something physically. Do something with your hands. Wheter you enjoy cooking, drawing, journaling, taking photos or something completely else, you should definitely try doing it whenever you feel stressed. Try a new recipe, do a drawing-challenge, start bullet journaling or go somewhere where you have never been before to do some photography.
6. Do something fun!
If you truly want to relax – and at the same time do something good for yourself – try doing something fun. No matter how strange it might feel, going directly from a long and hard week of work to doing something really fun and different – it works! Play around with your kid, play outside with your dog, watch a stupid reality show, day dream about your travel plans, watch funny videos on YouTube, visit your best friend. There are so many ways to de-stress the brain by having fun, so you should definitely give some of them a try.