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How to Relax After a Long Work Day

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Work Like a Dog Day is August 5, and while a grueling work day might help you cross items off your to-do list, it will likely leave you feeling wired. You'll need to practice effective relaxation techniques to bring you back down to a calm state after such an action-packed day. Follow this guide to unwinding as soon as you get back home.

Do Light Exercise
While it may seem counterintuitive to be physically active when you're trying to relax, it can actually help you blow off steam and readjust your focus. Try to keep it light, though, as anything too intense can be energizing and possibly even lead to injury. Go for a brisk walk around the block or just stretch your muscles slowly. 

Cozy up with a cup of tea.Cozy up with a cup of tea.

Drink Tea
Sip on a hot cup of tea to calm yourself down and get ready for bed. Not only will the warm liquid help you feel cozy, but depending on the ingredients in your mug, it can also have a sedative effect. Prepare a cup of chamomile, lavender or peppermint tea to kick start your nighttime routine. 

Get a Massage
You might not have the time or money for a professional massage, but that's not the only way you can show your muscles some TLC. There are plenty of massaging wraps and pads that you can purchase to mimic the feeling of a professional one. You can also give yourself a quick hand or arm massage to get the blood flowing and rub away all of your tension from the day.

Quiet your mind with some nighttime meditation.Quiet your mind with some nighttime meditation.

Throughout your day, you were likely juggling a variety of tasks, and that requires a great deal of mental endurance. It can make it challenging to leave your stress at the office and not take it back home with you. Meditating regularly is proven to make it easier for you to concentrate. With that skill, you're able to compartmentalize your thinking process and stop obsessing over all the responsibilities you have. Sit back, clear your mind of the day's activities and call it a night.

Listen to Music 
If you're having trouble tuning out all of your thoughts after a long day, a little music might help. Put on a song that relaxes you and focus on every sound. When you truly concentrate on a song, it's easier to quiet your mind and readjust your focus.