When you first get home after a long day at work, you need some time to unwind. And we all do that in our own way. You might be one to drop your bags by the door and crack open a beer. You might be the bath-taking type. In order to mentally transition from work-mode to home-mode, there needs to be at least 5 - 10 minutes of ‘you’ time. Especially if being home is just as hectic as being at work, with mouths to feed and cleaning to be done.
The list below might seem obvious, but starting a new routine and putting your own needs first is the most difficult part. Once you get in the habit of taking 10 minutes for yourself when you get home, it’ll be easier to meet the needs of others who depend on you. So, in order, here are six ways to de-stress in 10 minutes or less.
1. Change into something comfortable. (1 - 2 minutes)
Kick off those shoes and lose the office attire. Sweatpants, pajama sets, yoga pants, whatever you love to lounge in, grab it and throw it on. It makes the end of your workday official and gets you ready to unwind.
2. Brew some tea (3 - 5 minutes)
Once you get changed, brew some tea. Green tea is basically the healer of everything, it even speeds up your metabolism, so it’s a great choice for a time when your mind, body, and soul need an extra boost of goodness.
This Refreshing Green Tea Blend from Blessed Herbs is my tea of choice. The “blend” is a mix of herbs and botanicals added to the tea leaves, including Lemon Balm, West Indian Lemongrass, and Dandelion. And don’t forget to include a Blessed Herbs discount code when you order. Paying full price for something that’s supposed to decrease your stress levels is completely counteractive.
3. Open the windows (1 minute)
Once you’ve got your tea stooping, go around and open up the windows in your house. Fresh air is an instant mood lifter, especially if the night is cool and the breeze comes in around you.
4. Light a scented candle (1 minute)
Add to the ambiance by lighting a scented candle. Scent is a subjective thing, so whatever sorts of smells bring you into a state of calm, light ‘em up. My personal favorites are nature scents. Anything outdoorsy or beachy seem to be the perfect compliment to a cool breeze coming in.
5. Meditate (3 - 5 minutes)
While you’re waiting for your tea, take a few minutes to meditate. Meditation doesn’t need to be a big production. Just think of it as conscious, controlled breathing for a set amount of time. You can do this in complete silence, or with soothing music playing. Take slow, deep breaths in and out and try to focus only on your breath.
6. Put on soothing music (1 minute)
If you prefer to meditate in silence, then once you finish meditating, grab your tea and turn on some soft tunes to complete your de-stress routine.
Just sip, and chill. Ahhhhh...