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8 Effective Ways To De-stress After Work

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When you get home after a hard day at work, it can be easy to kick your heels off and park yourself on the couch. Although simple pleasures do calm the nerves, but it’s important to keep your mind and body invigorated even after a long day.

When you get home tonight, remember to try one (or more!) of these 8 tips and find yourself slowly drifting towards nirvana.

1. Cocooning

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If your day was a disaster best forgotten, a quick way to recover is cocooning. Gently place both palms side by side on your face, little fingers resting on your closed eyelids, index fingers on your ears, thumbs cradling your jaw. Do this for a few minutes and feel yourself start to unwind.

2. Put your feet up

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If you work on your feet all day and your ankles are swollen and legs are tired, put on your tracky dacks, lie on the floor with your legs up the wall. Blood flows towards the heart and helps prevent varicose veins.

3. The long soak home

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Draw a hot bath and throw a handful of magnesium rich Epsom salts and a few drops of stress relieving lavender oil in. Light a candle and soak the day’s worries away.

4. Drink your nerves away

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Brew yourself a cup of calming tea to mark the transition from work stress to home bliss. Choose from one or a mixture of the following: chamomile, lemon balm, lemon grass or verbena.

5. Massage

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An after work massage is a great way to loosen tight muscles. Muscles hold stress, and massage is a great way of releasing this stress. If you’re able to, why not make it a monthly ritual?

6. Yoga pose

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Child pose is a restorative yoga posture that calms down mental chatter. Kneel on the floor, sit on your heels, knees slightly apart. Exhale; lay your tummy down over your thighs, resting your head on the floor, arms along side each leg, palms facing up.

7. Avoid unnecessary snacking

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A common dietary faux pas is to snack on something salty before dinner. Switch to a vegetable juice to quell those predinner cravings. Have ready some carrots, kale, green apples and ginger to put in the juicer when you walk in the door.

 

8. Chill out

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Turn on a meditation CD or app, and wind down for 20 – 30 minutes before you start preparing dinner or hit the books. Find a style that suits you. It could be yoga nidra – relaxing from the feet up, gentle music, or the sound of waves or birdsong. MYNEWSHUB

 

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