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Dealing with Post-Work Stress: 8 Easy Tips

Dealing with Post-Work Stress: 8 Easy Tips

Stress during office hours is common. But what if your nerves continue to feel frayed long after you have left your desk? Post-work stress is less talked about, but it exists, since we unfortunately aren’t equipped with an “off” button to switch off our tensions.

If you have been feeling the pressure of workload as well as the upcoming holiday stress, you deserve to unwind at least during the late evening hours, right up to the time you get into bed.

Here are simple ideas to help you take it easy:

  • Don’t get into “cook dinner” mode as soon as you kick off your shoes. Take a few minutes to change your clothes and put up your feet.
  • Drink tea. Green tea in particular has a wonderfully relaxing effect. But if coffee works better for you, go ahead and brew up some.
  • Connect with nature for a few minutes. If you’re lucky enough to have a patio or balcony, step out and spend some time there, sipping your tea or coffee. Or, take a short stroll. Even 10 minutes of walking outdoors lavishes you with fresh air and dissolves stress.
  • Lavender, ylang ylang and bergamot are among the most relaxing essential oils. Let their healing qualities soothe your stress away. Just pour a couple of drops on a tissue and inhale. An oil diffuser is a great idea, too.
  • Say no to a social obligation if you don’t have the energy for it. Of course there are errands and duties one cannot avoid, but try and take on only as much extra load only if you are up to it.
  • Watch a comedy show or listen to your favorite relaxing music.  Laughter really is the best medicine, and music heals deep within.
  • Bake something. Dish up a quick apple crumble, or bake a batch of cookies with the kids.
  • Which brings me to kids: spend some extra time with them. Their innocence and energy combines to make you feel that life is beautiful, and all’s well with the world.

Do you have anything to add to the list? Have a happy and stress-free evening!

8 Fun Ways to Manage Stress


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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1:21AM PST on Jan 6, 2014

thank you

6:38AM PST on Jan 4, 2014

There is a reason I have a cup of green tea before my 9th period class with the psycho child! I'm fortunate in that I am able to compartmentalize. Home stuff stays at home, and works stuff stays at work. Volunteer stuff stays wherever that maybe. Thanks for the good tips. I frequently come home and make up a mug of green tea and sit out on the patio with the dogs. Their unconditional love and the hot tea tend to make all well with my world.

5:18AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Great tips. Deep breathing exercises work for me as well as some cat love!

3:57AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Thank you

7:40PM PST on Dec 26, 2013

I used to take the scenic route on my drive home. I often saw armadillos or Sand Hill Cranes and other animals. And when I got home, I'd play a game of Wii tennis. It got the adrenaline flowing and let me take out the frustrations of the day.

12:55PM PST on Dec 26, 2013

thanks for the article..will listen to some music after work tonight

10:57AM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Thank you!

11:49AM PST on Dec 25, 2013

Thanks for sharing. Hot cocoa works for me.

9:32AM PST on Dec 25, 2013

thanks for sharing

7:37AM PST on Dec 25, 2013

Snuggle with your pet.

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