7 Ways To Relax After Work (& Make The Most Of Your Free Time!)
Do you ever have those days where you plan to be mega-productive when you get home from work but instead you spend the whole night watching Netflix and scrolling through blog posts? Welcome to my life, friends. It’s either that exact situation, or I’m 100% focused on my blog and forget to do all of the other things I planned to do.
Sometimes we get so tired from the workday that all we want to do when we get home is mind-numbing activities in an attempt to give ourselves a break, but that just becomes an endless cycle which leaves us feeling burnt out and unfulfilled.
There are also those times when you can’t switch out of work mode, so you end up stressing yourself out about unfinished work and what’s to come tomorrow. Those times are the worst.
I’ve realized that I don’t really want to be stuck in this cycle anymore, so I’ve started making a few changes in my after-work routine that make me feel more productive and pumped to get home from work. If you can relate to any of the above situations, give these tips a go and start making the most of your free time!
7 Ways To Relax After Work
1. Go for walk (and don’t bring your phone!)
One of my monthly goals for August was to go for a walk after dinner, and I seriously never expected to love it so much. My boyfriend and I really appreciated the time to wander around our neighborhood and not worry about anything for 20 minutes.
You’ve probably been sitting in an office all day, so some fresh air and a little exercise is going to lift your mood dramatically. Leave your phone at home, and let yourself zone out away from Netflix and social media notifications.
2. Turn off email alerts.
Here’s my number one piece of advice for letting yourself relax: don’t check your work email. I haven’t set up work email on my phone because I know it will only cause me unnecessary stress if I’m getting email alerts after I’ve left the office. It’s really important to set boundaries with your time because otherwise your work life will just blend into your personal life. If you’ve got a particularly stressful day coming up, here are 10 ways to relax beforehand.
3. Schedule fun into your weekdays.
Most of us schedule fun outings and activities on the weekends, but there are five other days of the week that you could be having fun, too! Schedule in a few mini-adventures during the week and make them a priority.
Maybe plan a froyo date with a friend, try out that new kickboxing class at the gym, or schedule in a manicure. Do something that gets you excited about the weeknights!
4. Start a new hobby or revisit an old one.
I’ve always cringed when people ask me what my hobbies are because, like most millennials these days, I don’t really have any. I have, however, started teaching myself to play piano, and I’d love to get to the point where I could call it a hobby of mine. It’s important to work towards something you can take pride in, but doesn’t consume all of your time. Think of what you loved to do as a kid (dancing, playing tennis, painting), and see if you can get back into it again, or try something completely new like photography, salsa dancing, or calligraphy!
P.S. If you think blogging is your only hobby, Daisy has a great post about why you need a true hobby and not just a side-hustle.
5. Make dessert.
What better way to enjoy your evenings than with some delicious homemade brownies? Exactly, there is no better way. Making something with your own two hands is a great way to relieve stress and take your mind off your to-do list, and you get to enjoy your creation afterwards – aw yeah! If you’re feeling healthy and don’t want to bake anything, these Raw Brownies are absolutely incredible. But if you want something indulgent and naughty, try these Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies (you’re welcome for that recipe).
6. Take a (free) online course.
Take advantage of the free and inexpensive online resources out there! I took a free online nutrition course through Coursera, and while it might seem stressful or boring to take a class during your free time, it’s a great way to learn about a new subject or further your learning in something you already enjoy.
I’ve also started to learn French using Duolingo because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and now I can do it for free (although I’m pretty sure I’m terrible at it).
Brit + Co also has a great selection of creative online workshops including calligraphy, photography, and floral illustration.
7. Pamper yourself.
You gotta give yourself some love now and again. Most of us reserve Sundays for a nice pampering sesh, but it can be just as important to treat yourself on a weekday. I love running a bath, lighting a soothing candle (this one by Illume is bae), slapping a face mask on, and digging into a good book. Schedule a pamper sesh into your calendar during the week and make sure you treat yo self!
+ Bonus tip for all my blogger friends.
Most of us are working 9-5 jobs which means we only get to work on our blogs when we get a spare moment (aka in the evenings). I’ve found that if I don’t set specific times to work on my blog, I stay up way too late because I haven’t set boundaries for myself. Now, I dedicate 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the evening to hustle out the most important tasks for my blog, and work on less important tasks when I get a free moment during the work day.
Want some more tips on relaxing? I’ve got you covered!
- 5 Ways To Keep Calm At Work
- How To Be Patient As An Impatient Person
- 5 Things You Should Know About Meditation
- 10 Ways To Relax Before A Stressful Day
How do you relax after work? Leave a comment down below!
Main Photo Credit: Nicola Holtkamp