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4 Inexpensive Ways to Relax After Work

Sydney Sullivan

We love a productive work day, but let’s all admit that at times it’s hard to unwind after going and going all day long. Luckily, it doesn’t have to take much money or effort to ease the tension or any stress that’s lingering. Here we round up 4 simple and inexpensive ways to relax after a hard day’s work.

bathtub

Bath with Epsom Salt
Soaking in a warm tub for at least 20 minutes is a great way to unwind. You can further relieve stress and tension by adding 1 cup of epsom salt, which you can pick up at your local grocery store (we love Dr. Teal’s). If you don’t have access to a bathtub, then try soaking your feet with epsom salt in a large bowl with warm water. This also has incredible health benefits.

sugar paper la notebooks

Write it Out
After work, writing in a journal sounds daunting but research shows that it can be a great stress reliever. The purpose of this activity is for you to reflect so don’t worry about perfect spelling or grammar. Instead focus on how your day went with the opportunity to clarify your thoughts and feelings. You will be surprised at how this can help you learn more about yourself as well as refine your daily life skills. There’s no golden rule of how much time you should spend journaling but you want to be beneficial.

child's pose

Strike a Pose
Remove those work clothes and get into something comfortable that allows you to move. We all know the benefits of yoga, but if you can’t get to a class doing some basic poses at home will do wonders. Start out in child’s pose and breath deeply for instant tension relief. Spend the next couple of minutes focusing on deep breathes while you stretch. Then get the blood flowing by lying with your back on the floor and your feet up, which also helps prevent varicose veins.

wine and dine

Wine and Dine
Instead of going out, plan a night in at home with red wine and cooking. Research shows that enjoying red wine in moderation has many health benefits while the Food Network’s Alton Brown says that preparing your own meal can be a very calming ritual. Cooking the simplest of dinners allows you to have complete control as you focus on the small tasks at hand, which allows you to feel at ease in your own space.

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