How to de-stress after a tough day

Monday, 11 March 2019

Coming home after a tough, draining day and not knowing how to relax?

We’ve all been there.

It’s too easy to come in from a bad day in a not so good mood and just slump on the couch scrolling through Instagram and Twitter for a few hours. It’s not uncommon for a bad day to leave us all feeling sad, unmotivated and stuck, but here are some tips to get you out of that funk. 

Go for a walk
Put on your comfiest shoes, a cosy jacket and pick out your favourite Spotify playlist and get walking – this is an easy way to get your mind off things. Even if it’s just a five minute walk to the corner shop next to your house, it’s probably going to make you feel even just a little bit better.

Write in your journal
I know not everyone keeps a diary/journal, but sometimes there is nothing more therapeutic than putting pen to paper and just ranting about your bad day. I am all too guilty of coming home after a bad day at uni and writing about how stuck I feel at times. More often than not after writing my feelings out, I do feel better and more focused.

Pamper yourself
Everyone has their own idea of what pampering themselves means. Personally, mine is sitting in front of the TV with my cosy pyjama’s on, a face mask and a cup of tea – not doing any work at all. We all need nights like this where we just take time to ourselves, to focus on the small things we enjoy whether that’s doing a full skincare routine or eating pizza.

Switch off
Taking time off social media when you’re stressed is probably one of the best things you can do. Majority of people only put their achievements and best selves on the Internet, there’s nothing wrong with this, I do the exact same but it’s not what you want to see when you feel deflated. I like to stop replying to messages early in the night when I’ve had a particularly stressful day and switch off with a podcast before bed to take my mind off things.

Plan the next day
Just because today was bad, doesn’t mean every day needs to be. Taking the time to plan tomorrow, or the next few days can be really beneficial as you know exactly what you are going to be doing. It’s important to be realist when doing this as you don’t want to bite off more than you can chew, and end up in the same stressful situation again. Giving yourself achievable goals every day is a good way to get things done in a well-balanced way.

We all live in a hectic world which makes it necessary to find ways to relax after having a bad day. Whether or not any of the suggestions here helped you feel better, it’s important for everyone to know at least one way they can pick themselves up after a bad day.

By Siobhan MacDonald

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