Successfully relaxing at the end of each day is a goal people work to achieve their entire life. Unfortunately, the goal to find inner peace is not as easy as rhythmically breathing in-and-out. So, if the “traditional” relaxation techniques fail to reduce stress at the end of the day, what are we suppose to do? The truth is, no one knows. Now, that may not be entirely true, but what it comes down to is each individual needs to reconcile their daily anxieties with their own idea of inner peace at the end of every day. It takes some time, and a lot of patience, to figure out what works for you, but here are four tips that help me relax at the end of a busy day.
Painting is one way I relieve stress at the end of the day. I do not consider myself to be an artist, but creating something from my imagination helps to detach my thoughts of work or tasks yet to be completed from my mind.
Reading is another great way to relax at the end of the day because it opens opportunities to escape into another world. Whether science fiction, historical biography or an embarrassing celebrity memoir you wouldn’t want people to know you are reading, this activity helps distract your mind and forget your problems.
Walk or Run
Exercise is commonly suggested as a tool to relax, unwind and remove anxiety from a person’s life. Walking or running doesn’t have to be a laborious task, but getting your body moving helps to work worries out of your mind before going to sleep.
One of the most under-utilized relaxation techniques is laughing. As simple as it sounds, the stress of trying to “relax” can add more pressure to achieve something out of your control. During all the ups-and-downs, it’s always good to find people and things that make you laugh. Doing this will help you realize relaxing is easier than it seems.