Saturday, March 29, 2014

How to relax after a stressful day

It might surprise you, but sitting down in front of the computer or tv is probably not actually the best way to relax after a long, stressful day. Or at least, that's true for me, maybe not so for you. But it's easy enough to check. For me, after noting several times my initial emotional state/level of energy before and after using the internet, I found out that I often end up even more tired, and more emotionally drained after using the internet.

This might have to do with getting into arguments/discussions a lot.

There are some ways of using the internet that aren't tiresome, such as looking at cute pictures of animals, blogging, or posting pictures of cool fungi. However, I almost inevitably end up in the non-relaxing parts of the internet.

So how to actually relax after a long day?

1. Take a walk (even if it's raining). Walks allow me to process what happened during the day, and it's also physical movement which our bodies need.

2. Journal/blog/draw/photograph. Another way to process the day while doing something innately enjoyable.

3. Drink a cup of tea.  Don't do anything else while drinking the tea. Just sit, and think, and be in the moment.

4. Meditate. 

5. Pet your pet. Petting cats and dogs has been proven to lower your blood pressure.

6. Do yoga, go on a run, or work out. Yoga has been shown to cause relaxation, while a good run or work out causes your body to release feel-good hormones.

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