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10 Healthy Ways to De-Stress After a Long Day

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What’s your go-to for de-stressing after a tough day? For a lot of people, it’s having a drink, ordering takeaway, and binge-watching Netflix until it’s past time to go to bed. While this ritual might not be a terrible idea every once in a while, falling into these types of habits as part of your routine can quickly start to impact your health (and wallet).

There’s no shortage of reasons to be stressed these days. What’s important is knowing how to manage your stress in healthy ways so that you can wake up the following day feeling recharged and ready to face the day. When you tackle your stress at the source, you can prepare your mind and body to face more challenges in the future.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to de-stress that don’t take a lot of time or effort (which we know is crucial after a tough day).

Here are 10 of our favourite healthy options for de-stressing at the end of a long day.

10 Methods for Relaxing When You’ve Had a Hectic Day

Try some (or all) of these methods the next time you have a stressful day.  

  1. Go off the grid

Turn your phone off when you get home. Don’t check your emails, scroll your social media feeds, or respond to texts from your boss. It might not be possible to keep your phone off all evening, so start small. Giving yourself just 30 minutes of blissful phone-free time can be all it takes to refocus and recharge.

  1. Sweat it out

Think of your body as the ultimate stress-busting tool. By exercising, your brain will release endorphins, which will make you feel better. You could follow a gentle yoga video to calm your mind. Or, you might prefer to get all your feelings out by running or doing a high-intensity fitness class like kickboxing.

  1. Get creative

Find a creative outlet that allows you to focus on something other than whatever is stressing you out at the moment. Painting, drawing, and baking are all creative activities that can take your mind off your troubles. Adult colouring books are another great way to express your creativity.  

  1. Feed your body well

It’s incredibly tempting to call out for pizza or some other type of greasy food when you’re stressed, but that will only make you feel worse. Fortunately, you have options for healthy meals that can be delivered to your door! Check out Vanda’s Kitchen to see what’s on the menu. Order ahead when you know you’re going to have one of those weeks so that we can take care of dinner for you.

  1. Listen to music

Research shows that music can be a powerful tool to ease stress and anxiety. It doesn’t matter what you listen to, as long as it’s something you enjoy. Put on your favourite music as you settle into your home for the evening. Bonus points for singing and dancing along to your favourite songs.

  1. Drink some tea

Reach for a cup of tea instead of a glass of wine if you want a drink that will nourish your mind and body. Tea contains an amino acid called L-Theanine, which helps balance your mood. Plus, the ritual of preparing tea can be soothing and calming. Opt for non-caffeinated teas in the evening so that you won’t be kept up late at night. Drinking a cup of black tea during the day can help your mood improve so that you aren’t as stressed when you get home at night.

  1. Get back to nature

Research has shown the benefits of green spaces for mental health. Find somewhere green to go at the end of the day. It could be a nature trail, forest, or just a park in the middle of the city. To get even more benefits, start incorporating more green spaces into your life. Eat lunch at a park, or take a hiking trip on the weekend to get reconnected with nature. If getting into nature is challenging for you, buy some houseplants. Studies show that being surrounded by plants at home can ease your anxiety and reduce your stress levels.

  1. Read a good book

Get lost in a good book at the end of the day instead of turning on the TV. Studies show that it only takes six minutes of reading for your blood pressure to drop. Additionally, reading requires more attention from your brain than watching TV, which means you are less likely to dwell on the day while you read because your brain will be so busy focusing on getting lost in another world. There’s no right type of book to read, as long as it’s something you enjoy.

  1. Laugh

The saying “laughter is the best medicine” has a ring of truth to it. Talk to a good friend, listen to a humour podcast, read a funny book, or rewatch episodes of your favourite sitcom. Laughing has been shown to help you relax by stimulating circulation in your body, which can reduce physical stress symptoms. It also increases the number of endorphins your brain releases, which can give you that just-crushed-a-tough-workout feeling without breaking a sweat.

  1. Let it out

Sometimes, we need to express our feelings so we can move on. Talk to your partner or a good friend about your long day. Let them know if you want their advice or if you just need someone to listen to you vent. If you don’t want to talk to anyone, write your feelings down on paper. Get everything out of your mind. You’ll feel better once you get the frustration out. You can hang on to your paper or burn it as a symbolic way of letting your feelings go.

Our Meals are Perfect After a Long Day

While you can’t always avoid having a long day, you can choose healthy ways to deal with the stress that comes with it. We’re here to help! We would love to help you unwind after a long day by filling your body with nourishing meals.

Visit Vanda’s Kitchen to pre-order delicious, organic healthy meals that are always freshly made. If you’re in the greater London area, we’ll deliver your meals straight to your door.