Hey Misfits! What do you do to unwind after a long day? Sometimes it’s hard to know how to relax, especially when you’re always on the go and don’t know what to do. I always ask myself, How can I relax and enjoy life?
Do you like to catch up with friends over drinks, binge-watch your favorite TV show, or go for a relaxing walk around the neighborhood? Well, here’s how to relax instantly:
How to relax: Put on a soothing mask.
I put on a soothing face mask. I use ingredients that I have around the house, like honey and cucumber. This type of mask is great because it’s easy to make and inexpensive, but also works really well to relieve you of the stress your day has caused. The best part? It only takes about two or three minutes before the mask’s effects kick in.
The right temperature for this kind of facial treatment is cool—not too hot or cold! Once it’s on your face, take some time to relax while feeling its coolness seep into your pores as they open up with relaxation (this is science). Then let it sit there until it hardens; this will usually take about five minutes if you’re using honey as an ingredient in the recipe (it doesn’t need much time to get absorbed into the skin).
At this point, remove the mask with a warm cloth so that any excess can be wiped away without pulling at dry skin or causing irritation.
Afterward, rinse off what remains with cool water–this step helps close up pores so no bacteria can enter through them during the sleep cycle when our bodies are most vulnerable!
How to relax: Watch a movie or play some online games.
After all that hard work, it’s time to relax. Choose a movie or game that is calming and fun—the perfect way to unwind after a long day! As you’ve probably noticed by now, I’m a big fan of watching movies. If none of your friends have any good suggestions for movies, go ahead and use Netflix’s recommendations feature or search “relaxing” on YouTube (thank me later).
If you’re looking for something more interactive than just watching TV or playing video games, try an online game like Solitaire or Scramble. It doesn’t matter how many words you match up; just as long as it feels good! Also, I love the fact that it’s a brain exercise and constantly challenges me to think of more words:
Recently I started playing games on Solitaire.org and I love that they have different games depending on your interests. Admittedly, I can’t play Solitaire too well but I absolutely love word games.
So, this game particularly works against the clock. It’s pushing letters out every second and then you have to assemble the words. Each level you’re working to get more words in in the same time frame, and whew, it gets hard!
I’m always racing against the clock and actually feel a thrill whenever I unlock a new level. It’s so fun guys, you have to try it!
How to relax: Light a candle.
Light a candle!
Now, this is one of the more obvious ways to relax after a long day, but it’s also one of the most effective. If you have any candles sitting around that have been unlit for weeks or months (or years), now’s the time to bust them out and give them a try. Choose a scent that really helps you unwind and take your mind off whatever was stressing you out today—I like vanilla myself! Make sure not to use too strong of an aroma or else it’ll be too overwhelming for your nose, which will only make things worse by making it hard for you to relax when all you want is peace and quiet.
How to relax: Try essential oils.
Essential oils are great for relaxation, and they can be used in a variety of ways. You can put them in a diffuser to fill your home with their scent, or add them to your bath water for a relaxing soak. You can also try massaging them into your body (with a carrier oil), or applying them topically in lotion form.
If you’d like to experience the benefits of essential oils but don’t have time to relax after work, I recommend placing a few drops of eucalyptus oil on an aromatherapy candle before bedtime; that way, the fragrance will help keep insomnia at bay while you sleep!
You deserve to unwind after a long day!
No matter how much you might love your job, it’s still important to take care of yourself. You are a human being who deserves some time to relax and recharge after a long day, and you can do that in small, simple ways.
A few more ways to relax
Whether it’s taking baths or napping or curling up with your favorite book and some chocolate—or all three at once—you deserve the chance to relax for an hour or two each night.
- Bathtime is my favorite way to wind down after work. Nothing beats sinking into warm water with some candles going nearby, especially when I’ve been feeling stressed out from dealing with difficult people all day long. And if I’m having trouble sleeping at night? Taking a bath helps me fall asleep faster than anything else does.
- Napping is also super useful for getting rid of any lingering tension; whether it’s right before bedtime or just before lunch works out well too (though try not making too much noise while doing this).
- A hot cup of tea can be really nice too (I’m partial to chamomile myself), but if there aren’t any tea leaves around then hot cocoa will do just fine.
I have lots of little ways to relax after a long day, but my favorite is definitely snuggling up with my dog. I love how dogs are always so happy to see you, and they can make even the toughest of days seem fun. However, if you like to unwind, don’t forget the importance of taking time for yourself—whether it’s snuggling with a furry friend or watching an episode of your favorite show.