{Productive} Ways to Relax after Work

“You can’t pour from an empty cup, you have to take care of yourself first.” – Unknown

I don’t know about you, but there are many days where the extent of my productivity ends the moment I clock out from my day at work {in fact, my personal favorite is the go-to: comfy yoga pants, a glass of wine, and some binge-worthy Netflix episodes}. After a long, often stressful, day it is quite difficult to find the motivation to continue that productivity.

You may be thinking, “Why would I want to do MORE work when I get home?”

Take a deep breath. I am not going to recommend pulling out your laptop to plan out your next stressful work day. When I push towards continuing productivity even after work hours, I do not mean work productivity. In fact, most of the recommendations listed below aren’t work related at all! Most push towards finding your “happy place” or finding the things that can make even the more difficult days, better.

I encourage you to try at least one of the following! And if you’re feeling adventurous, try multiple and find the ones that work best with your lifestyle.


Write it Out.

Have a rough day? Pull out one of those old, leather journals and write it out! This is an amazing stress reliever. After venting the negatives from the day, try writing a few positives. Gratitude and optimism can go a long way in improving one’s mood.

Clean the home & Let the music take control.

Turn up the tunes. Blast your favorite music and get in the zone. With an end result of a clean and beautiful home, cleaning can also provide immense relief from clutter, allowing the stress from your day to slowly fall off your shoulders.

Listen to a new Ted Talk or Podcast

I always push towards continued learning. There are so many Ted Talks/Podcasts out there to listen to providing a plethora of new and interesting information! Find ones that interest and motivate you {whether it’s music, photography, science, etc.). I personally love listening to podcasts revolving around health {especially new research in psychology!}.

Start a new hobby, or revisit an old one

Have a sketchbook stored away somewhere? Or maybe Grandma’s old knitting needles passed down to you years ago? Evenings are a great time to pull up your Pinterest DIY ideas and attempt something new. Even if it doesn’t look perfect, getting crafty is a great way to relax after long days.

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Macrame Plant Hoders, here.

 

Try a new recipe / Wine and Dine.

A few recommended recipes: Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom ChickenGrilled Beef and Asparagus Kebabs, Avocado Egg Rolls, and Honey Garlic Butter Salmon. Pinterest always has the best ideas, hands down.

Bake a dessert.

More recommendations: Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies, Blueberry Cobbler, Lemon Raspberry Coffee Cake, and Chewy Chocolate Brownies.

Go for walk (and don’t bring your phone!)

Even a short walk down the street, pooch in hand and breeze in your face, can provide deep relaxation after work {especially if you work long hours at a desk}.

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Colorado Mountains, Feat. Gracie

 

Schedule fun into your weekdays.

Why not plan fun outings on the weekdays? Many of us wait for the weekend to plan activities, when there are five other days of the week! After work is a great time to schedule evening outings. How about a night out with margaritas and tacos on Tuesday? Plan anything that gets you exited about a weeknight!

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Ojai, California

 

Other recommendations to try!

  • Sweat it out – Head to a nearby gym!
  • Plan a date night with an old friend.
  • Pamper yourself.
  • Strike a pose {Yoga}

 

And many more! Please feel free to comment your {Productive} Ways to Relax below! xo

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