We’ve all had those days. The minute you walk out the door, you spill coffee on your new white blouse and traffic is relentless on the way to the office. Everyone is drilling you at work and you can’t seem to focus on any urgent tasks. And by the time you walk through the door that night, set your heavy purse down and plop on the couch, you’re dreading to do it all over again. You’re exhausted and your mind is pulling you in so many different directions.
During the week, many of us forget to nurture ourselves and let go of work frustrations at the end of the day. We are exhausted Monday through Friday and then spend our precious weekends recovering before we have to join the daily grind once again. And the worst part about it: we feel crappy and fall into a depressing slump.
Well, good news!
Here’s how to turn the tables during your workweek and nurture your mind, body and soul, with minimal cost of course. We don’t need to add financial stress to the mix. I’m all for having some extra cash in my pocket.
1 | Green tea and a great book
The simplest things can make our body relax after a long day. After coming home from work, my favorite nightly ritual is to brew some de-caffeniated chamomile tea and curl up with a book that I’m currently hooked on.
Suggestions from my bookshelf:
- “The Nightingale” — Kristin Hannah
- “Firefly Lane” — Kristin Hannah
- “Bronze Horseman” — Paullina Simons
- “The Girl on the Train” — Paula Hawkins
- “Maze Runner” series — James Dashner
2 | Bedtime yoga sequence or basic stretching
Nothing is better than inserting daily stretching or yoga into your routine. I recently wrote a post about three reasons to practice daily yoga and the message from there applies here. Yoga calms the body mentally and physically and can surprisingly boost your mood in less than 20 minutes. You can also opt for other types of exercise to enhance your mood, but from years of putting too much pressure on my body, I have had the most luck with yoga.
3 | Hot bath with Epsom salt, candles
A warm bath, relaxing bath salts and mood lighting. What could be better? These simple luxuries don’t have to just be for special occasions. Make your home, apartment or 2×4 space your oasis. Give yourself an excuse to nurture your body every day in small doses and the results will show.
4 | Cleaning your space
OK, so I know this is a strange way to de-stress, but it works for me and others I have talked to. Cleaning is killing two birds with one stone: having a clean space and mildly exercising at the same time.
You’re scrubbing and wiping down counters and getting down on your hands and knees to clean the tiniest spaces that collect dust, bugs and food particles. You feel accomplished and productive. You’ve conquered the world—well, at least your world of crumbs, a pile of shoes and a massive amount of throw pillows. And you’re place is dazzling and looks put together. It’s an overall mood booster and you won’t have to dread scratching it off your to-do list because IT’S. ALREADY. DONE.
5 | A healthy home cooked meal for one
Sometimes your body is just aching for something nutritious, especially if you’ve made multiple trips to Taco Bell or McDonalds this week. Like a car, your body needs the right fuel to keep you running smoothly and give you more energy. When I feel crappy, I usually have go-to healthy meals to get back on track.
Here are a few of my favorite combinations:
- Sweet potato power bowl
- Pesto salmon with green beans
- Chickpea salad
- Spaghetti squash with shrimp and tomato sauce
- A fresh salad with all your favorite fixings, topped with grilled chicken, fish or quinoa.
6 | Daily perspective
Putting things into perspective is my first and last resort. It’s something I try to remind myself every day that whatever situation I am currently in, it won’t last forever and things will get better with time, patience and faith. But if none of these de-stressers work for you, remember that something good can come out of every bad situation. So with that being said, come home, take your makeup off, climb into your favorite pair of jammies and hit the sheets. Because sleep can make a world of difference.
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