7 Ways to De-Stress from a Long Work Day

After a long day of answering calls, giving input, and meeting deadlines, it’s important to have some time for you to de-stress and let loose. You need to give yourself relaxation time, so you are ready to go for the next work day.

Everyone person has their own way settling down and catching their breath. In many cases, people have a difficult time trying to unwind after a long and stressful work day. I’m sharing a couple of ways you can lower your stress levels when you get home.


Stretching helps keep your blood flowing, and is good for your well-being. Moving helps reduce the risks of blood clots and other health issues. If you have desk job, it’s vital to stand when you can and move often.

If you don’t stretch throughout the day, you can feel tense which can cause your stress levels to elevate. Perhaps, lifting your leg one at a time and stretching them for 30 seconds each can help release any toxins in the body that could cause you to be stressed.

Plan Ahead

Early bird gets the worm, our parents told us that, and our parent’s parents told them that. Planning ahead definitely never hurt anyone; in fact, it most likely put them ahead!

Plan your day ahead by including prioritizing the tasks that need to get done. Nowadays we have notes and reminder applications we can use in our phones to always keep us on track of needs to get done.

Utilize the resources around you and you will see your life de-stress in minutes. Check out How to Properly Plan Your Week and 5 Productive Ways to Take On Your To-Do List for more pointers.

Hang with Friends

A nice night out after work with colleagues can always de-stress you from the worries of work. Something about getting together with people who can understand your work environment lets you know you aren’t alone.

Whether you plan to grab a bite to eat or let some aggression out at the gym, hang out with your friends and unwind.  Hanging out with your family can also be a good way to de-stress from the long hectic day.

Whether it’s your venting or listening to someone else and realizing your work day is nowhere near as bad as theirs, you can de-stress around those you care about.

Remind yourself of the “WHY”

When the day at work seems longer than you slept the night before, sometimes it can cause us to get stressed to the max.

It’s important to remember the “why”. Why are you working so hard? Why are you picking up extra hours?

The “why” in what we do is usually our secret motivator that helps us push ourselves past the limit we are used to.

Taking a moment after a stressful crazy day, and just reflect on why you working so hard can help take your mind off of the stress and put it into something positive.

Enjoy your favorite beverage

After a long day of being hard at work, sipping on your favorite beverage can help put you right in the mood of relaxation. Whether you prefer soda pop, wine or something on the rocks, drink responsibly and enjoy your time away from the office.

Once you’ve finally clocked out, you should be able to unwind and relax how you please.  It’s usually the little things that can change our mood from being tense to relax.

Enjoy your favorite beverage of choice while reading your favorite book or binge watching your go to show.

Relaxing Scents

In many cases the smell of the lightest candle can change our mood instantly. Scents such as lavender, vanilla, jasmine, and chamomile are just a few that can help relax you and put you in a good mood.

Simply light your candle as soon as you get home and enjoy the calming fragrance as it spreads through your home. Read 5 Home Relaxation Essentials to set the right mood in your home!

For those long distant commuters, if you can’t wait to get home to de-stress these fragrances can also be found for car fresheners. Purchasing incense, candles, or body spray with soothing fragrances can be helping to reduce stress from a long day’s work.

Grab a snack

We work so much that sometimes we forget to grab a bite to eat, and then when we finally realize we’re starving, it’s too late. When we don’t eat throughout the day it makes more stress because we are running off nothing.

Not eating for more than a few hours without a snack can cause your blood sugar levels to drop, and you’ll end up exacerbating stress. Bring your favorite light snacks with you to work that way you’re putting something on your belly.

One trick that’s helpful to do is to pack your snacks the day before and place them in your bag so you won’t forget. Check out 5 Healthy Snacks for the Office.


Whether these helpful suggestions work for you or not, there is definitely no harm in giving it a try. After a long work day, what helps you clear your mind and just relax? Do you have a go to de-stress that helps you rejuvenate and get ready for the next day? Leave a comment below to share!

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The CGS Team



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