I’ve had a stressful day today – upset clients, a flood of work, legal issues, delayed buses, and so much more.  It seems like I came out of the wrong side of the bed this morning and negative energies crashed down on me. I need my relaxation and an escape from it all!

For those days when nothing seems to be working out, follow one of these tips. (I sure will)

Stressed girl

1) Relax & force the thoughts away

Committing to relaxing sounds easier than it really is. After a hard day, separating your thoughts and leaving your stress behind is a challenge. Lie back, close your eyes, and breathe in deeply. Force thoughts about your day out, push them away from your mind, and think of things that relax you.

2) Watch a documentary on astrophysics & ponder the insignificance of it all

Documentaries on the vastness of space really help put things into perspective – your problems easily become small, unimportant issues in comparison to the eternity of space and time in the universe.

3) Play some soft music to drown out your troubles

Ambient and classical music does the trick for me. Soft music used for spas is meant to place you in a state of mind of absolute relaxation. The calm beats and sounds will take you to the world away from your current location, as you dream about sitting in a Japanese garden away from all the chaos and stress.

4) Watch TV shows to forget your problems

Distract yourself from your day’s annoyances by watching TV shows and movies so you can focus on the experiences of others. Live their dramas, romances, jokes, and adventures and forget your own – at least temporarily.

5) Go for a jog &  get your endorphin running

No better way to push the stress out of your mind and get some endorphin produced than by going out for a workout. Use your stress to push yourself and feel the benefits of the sweat melting away your troubles. There’s no going wrong here – exercise literally increases the neurotransmitters that make us happy.

6) Read your thoughts away

There’s nothing like a great book to transport you to a different world with amusing characters and exciting adventures. Forget the depressing plots and look for a book that will entertain you and bring a smile to your face. After all, you need an escape!

What do you do to relax after a stressful day?