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A Millennial Voice: Ways to relax after work

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April 21, 2022 Category: Commentary Posted by:
Danaé Reid

By Danaé Reid

The stressors of life always tend to rear their ugly heads at the worst time. One day, it seems like you are handling everything perfectly, and then everything comes crashing down in the most unlikely way possible.

I’ve been in the workforce for a few years now, but I’ve already experienced this firsthand, followed by a  struggle to relax once I finally got home. Like many other Americans, I sometimes have a hard time being mindful and present, which leads to an inability to sometimes separate work life from home life. It’s something that I’ve been working on for a while now, so these are some of the things I like to do to relax and decompress.

Book suggestions

Read: After a long day at work, I enjoy reading books because they help me to relax and settle into my environment, allowing me to temporarily forget everything else I have to do. And aside from the personal aspects, reading can also improve brain connectivity, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and makes you smarter!

50 meals for stressed people

Cook: Cooking can be extremely relaxing when you’re excited about your meal and the people you’re serving it to. According to the cliche, cooking is an “act of love,” and I believe it to be true. Fending for myself and whomever else I may be nourishing with my meals fills me with joy and peace. Sometimes I get so lost in the excitement of cooking, that my stress melts away.

Nap apps  

Take a nap: Naps have been the answer to a lot of my internal pressures and stresses, so I try to take at least one a day. I’ve learned that sometimes the best thing to do when you don’t know what to do, is to do nothing., Sometimes, the only way I can guarantee that I won’t is by taking a nap. Some people struggle with napping, so here are a few apps that will help cruise you to snooze.

Ways to create a perfect bath

Take a nice bath: Taking a nice warm bath after a stressful day is a great way to shed all of the excess weight you’ve been carrying around all day. And not only do baths improve your mood, they also help you sleep better, relieve muscle tension, burn calories, they can help fight depression.

Crafts for adults

Arts and crafts: One of my favorite things to do to relieve stress is to vigorously put that energy into creation. Studies show that people like to do things with their hands, especially when they’re feeling stressed out. So instead of doom scrolling on your social media of choice, which could further enhance your stress, why not use that energy to paint, doodle, crochet, knit or build finger pots with some self-drying clay?

Online streaming

Watch your favorite streaming service: It seems that we can now watch all of our favorite shows online, both old and new, as long as we have the streaming service that the show is available on. When I’m feeling stressed, sometimes I like to watch some of my favorite shows from my childhood because they’re familiar and take me back to a time when life was simple. They are very noncommittal, because of how old they are, but I also enjoy watching some of my newer, favorite shows as well when I need a break from the responsibilities of adulthood. 

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