The day is almost done, but your stress level is sky-high. Try these tips for relaxing to help yourself wind down and get into the right frame of mind for a good night's sleep.
Aromatherapy can be an effective way to relieve stress at the end of a long day. Light a favorite scented candle, or choose a special room where you can plug in an air freshener in a scent that relaxes you. If you're not a fan of candles, reed diffusers are a new and unique way to add subtle fragrance to a room. The key is to choose a scent that is relaxing to you - try lavender.
Music is another great stress reliever. Go to a quiet room and put on a favorite relaxing CD. Or, if you have no quiet room, pop on your iPod and listen to soothing music. Music is more calming and sleep-inducing than are chaotic television shows or stress-raising talk radio. Give your mind a break and soothe your spirit with music. Classical music is always good (think Debussy, "Clair de Lune," etc. - or simply search for "soothing classical music" at Amazon.com).
Do you have a pet? If not, you may want to consider getting one, as pets are an excellent way to achieve work/life balance. There's a reason it has been said that "a dog is a man's best friend." Animals are gentle (well, most of the time), accepting, and ask little of us. In return, they give affection with no strings attached. Snuggling on the couch with a small critter is a great way to relieve stress at the end of the day. Check out all the pets waiting to be adopted from your local animal shelter - you will feel even more relaxed knowing that you have most likely saved an animal's life!
4. Home Spa
Going out to the spa may not sound like a good idea when your day has already been too full. How about having a spa evening at home? First, arrange for a leisurely soak in the tub, complete with bubbles. Go ahead and fill the tub almost to the top, the way you see in commercials. Ahhhh ...
You can treat yourself to a mini-pedicure and slather your feet in a heavy lotion; then wear thick socks to bed. This is relaxing, and you'll wake up to baby-soft feet.
"Medicine for the soul" was inscribed over the library door in ancient Thebes, and for good reason: books offer an escape; a vicarious way to travel and experience many things we don't have the opportunity to do in our everyday lives. Why not plan to head to your bedroom 15 minutes early tonight, and enjoy those extra minutes with a book? And don't read a book for work - read something that is fun and relaxing.
Hopefully these tips have sparked your imagination and given you some good ideas for relaxing at the end of the day. Good night!
Susan Braun is a freelance writer living with her husband, three daughters, 2 rabbits, 2 gerbils and hedgehog in Indiana. She writes at girlsinwhitedresses.wordpress.com and Associated Content.