Let’s face it. The work week can be stressful. Even if you love your job, it is important to relax and unwind after a long work week. If you play it right, your weekend can be rejuvenating so you can head into next week ready to go again.
But when life is so busy, how can you make sure your work-life balance makes sense? It is simple if you prioritize yourself. These are five ways to relax and unwind after a long work week.
Give yourself permission to spend some time doing whatever you want, with no judgement or expectations of yourself. Maybe you will stare at the wall. Maybe you will meditate. Maybe you will doodle. Maybe you will take a bath. Whatever you choose to do, it will be the right thing because you chose it.
Exercise changes your hormones to lead to lower stress and better mood. If you want greater benefits from your activity, take your workout outdoors if conditions are safe. Another way to get more from your efforts is to work out with a buddy.
Spend Time with People You Love
Set aside time each weekend to connect with others. It could be coffee with a friend, a walk with your significant other, or playing a board game or watching a movie with the kids. To relax more and to connect better, make this a phone-free appointment.
Cook for the Upcoming Week
If you like being in the kitchen, why not do double duty? Make some healthy meals for the upcoming week. That way, you get to de-stress while in the kitchen on the weekend, and the coming work week will be less stressful because you will already have meals ready to go. Plus, you may end up eating healthier overall, which can lead to lower stress levels. These are some good meals to make in batches and freeze or refrigerate.
Give Your Body Nutrients for Relaxation
- Chili with beans, tomatoes, and vegetables
- Beef and barley with vegetables, chicken with wild rice and vegetables, bean, lentil, or split pea soup
- Vegetarian vegetable egg muffin cups or egg-based breakfast casseroles
- Cold whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, or quinoa salads with vegetables and olive oil-based dressing
Would you like a way to support relaxation that takes no time? The PatchAid Relax and Unwind Patch contains vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, calcium, and magnesium, that are essential for normal relaxation. Plus it has GABA and herbals that are related to stress reduction and relaxed mood. Just ask your doctor if the PatchAid Relax and Unwind Patch may be right for you, and use it for up to 8 hours at a time. Remember you can use multiple PatchAid patches at once.
Take some time for yourself each weekend, and you may see some benefits. Not only might you feel healthier mentally and physically, but you may find that work is more enjoyable. Along with taking some time to yourself, you can support your body with nutrients designed for relaxation with the PatchAid Relax and Unwind Patch.