How do you relax after a full day at work?

@Pose123 (21660)
Canada
February 23, 2010 9:44pm CST
After a full day stories, words, and images,from any number of sources continue to play in our heads hours after we encounter them. Even as we lie in bed, in the quiet dark, our minds continue noisily processing all the input from our day. Is it any wonder that many people find it difficult to sleep? To make matters worse, many of us choose to end our day by watching the news, which rarely has any happy stories. How do I unwind, is a question that that many are asking all the time. Personally, I like to take my news in the early evening, that way I have time to digest it before I must try to sleep. I've also found going for a walk to be helpful as well as time spent in meditation. How do you unwind after a busy day?
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@Mirita (2668)
• United States
25 Feb 10
I have a new job now ,and is very stressful because I'm a case worker ,so I try to relax by watching my favorite comedy shows ,and I try to avoid the news. I already deal with a lot of problems since I assist people with substance abuse issues.
@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi Mirita, Thank you for your comments. Blessings.
@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
24 Feb 10
I play video games, watch television, read or just sit and think. I talk to my husband, or take a shower, or go somewhere... maybe shopping if that is needed... Usually I just relax for a few minutes, come home and sit on the couch then get to doing other things that I'd wanted to do.
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
24 Feb 10
Hi SomeCowgirl, Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
@nophie (2336)
• Indonesia
24 Feb 10
for me, i just take a bath and then sleep. it can refresh my mind. or shopping on weekend. :-D
@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
24 Feb 10
Hi nophie, Thank you for your thoughts. Blessings.
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
24 Feb 10
Hi Pose, After a busy day I always look forward to a dinner with my two kids where they tell me about school, their friends, the shows they watched on TV, etc. Then after helping them with their assignments and before going to bed, we watch TV and talk a little more. These bonding moments are the things that make me relax and forget a stressful day.
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
24 Feb 10
Hi doryvien, Thank you for commenting. Bonding time with kids is so important and I can see how it would be a great stress releaver. Blessings.
@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
24 Feb 10
Hi, Pose! Excellent discussion, as always. I know for me, if I don't unwind after a crazy day at work, everything is thrown off. As weird as it sounds, when I first get home while I'm still on my feet, I complete whatever housework needs to be done so I can do all my running around the house at once. It's a stress reliever for me because I enjoy being home and just not being at work - LOL! Once the housework is done, I feel better so I can sit down and relax for a while unless my hubby is already home from work. If he's home from work already by the time I get done with the house, if he's hungry I'll start cooking dinner for us (while perhaps continuing to get house or kitchen work done). The laundry room is nice and close to the kitchen, too, so many times I can be juggling multiple tasks at once. I'm sure you know how that goes! Once dinner is done, the hubby and I will sit down to watch a show or movie all the way through. That gives us enough time to hang out, eat, and relax sitting down. We have a futon where we normally eat so our feet are up, and it's nice and comfortable. Usually once I sit down to dinner I don't get back up for a while unless there are more pressing matters for the house or husband. I will, of course, take the dishes back to the kitchen to put away, but normally after dinner is the most relaxing time. Once our show or movie is over, he will play video games while I read a book or do some MyLotting or other things online. Before it gets too late, I will get a nice shower and head to bed so I can get at least seven or so hours of sleep to wake up the next morning and do it all over again! I think it's really important to have some time to relax each day because if we don't have a balance in our lives and work, work, work all the time, our bodies will suffer. This is a wonderful discussion. Take care, my friend!
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
24 Feb 10
Hi JJeEver, Thank you for your comment and kind remarks. I know people who unwind just as you do and doing housework is a real stress reliever for them. The way you explain it all makes it sound wonderful, just like a happy home life should be. Blessings.
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@advokatku (4035)
• Indonesia
24 Feb 10
My way to unwind after working all day is to sleep
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
24 Feb 10
Hi advokatku, Thank you for sharing and if you can get to sleep easily, that great. Most people need to unwind before they can sleep. Blessings.
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
after having a fully loaded day i look forward to jumping into the sauna and getting a nice massage afterwards. when i get home after the massage i would spray a lil bit of lavender essence in my pillow so i could sleep better. and to help me sleep faster i would read a book until i would finally fall asleep.
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
24 Feb 10
Hi candyfairy, Thank you for sharing and that sounds delightful. Blessings.
@rakesh284 (1472)
• India
24 Feb 10
Well when I was working in the past I used to relax after coming home, used to be little quiet and used to watch TV whatever channel which others were watching. Sometimes I used to check some interesting mails after taking mails and listen few songs and then I used to sleep. Now before sleeping I used to serve food to fish watch them eating and also to the little newborn one which is born last month which is kept separately. Then turn off the light wave my hands in front of my fish tank with a smile of satisfaction and then I go to sleep.
@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi rakesh, Thank you for commenting and i like the little ritual of feeding the fish. I have a feeling that would be very relaxing. Blessings.
@rakesh284 (1472)
• India
1 Mar 10
Yes, indeed it is very relaxing. After being just relaxed, then I go to sleep!!
@titansaha (188)
• India
28 Feb 10
Hi Pose, I love reading your posts. Yes, unwinding after the whole days work is a difficult task. But I relax by doing a few breathing exercises before retiring for the night. This gives me a very sound sleep and keeps me fresh for the next day. Regards
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
28 Feb 10
Hi titansaha, Thank you for saying that, I appreciate it very much. I agree that breathing exercises a very good way to relax. Blessings.
@raven66 (335)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
I just take a long hot bath enjoy a good meal and either read or .. just go on line.. until sexy time comes and after a nice 30 minute session .. its of to the land of dreams.
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
28 Feb 10
Hi raven, Thank you for commenting. Blessings.
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
26 Feb 10
Well I never used to relax till I went to bed because when I used to come home I used to do the Housework and then my time was for my Son and Daughter and I loved my time with them and I guess that was relaxing time for me when the 3 of us used to sit and talk or what ever lol
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
28 Feb 10
Hi gabs, Thanks for sharing. Blessings.
@mymelodake (1338)
• Philippines
26 Feb 10
Usually, I just watch TV, or go online. Before I would walk the treadmill, but not to relax but to lose weight! Nowadays, I just enjoy sitting around and watching TV. Before I gave my DS to my brother, I would play with it to relax.
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi mymelodake, Thank you for responding. Blessings.
• Canada
25 Feb 10
As a rule I don't even watch the news, as I find it too depressing and I get enough highlights from other people. When I worked in an office, I had serious troubles sleeping because my mind just wouldn't shut off. Particularly if I am stressed or worried about something. But now that I have my farm, and I fill parts of my day with physical exertion, it comes a bit easier most of the time. I have always had trouble winding down and stopping my mind from turning round and round at night. I do have a routine of getting all warm and tucked in, then watching some of my taped shows before bed. I used to have a few drinks in the evenings, but with my stomach problems, that is no longer an option. So, I have a puff or 2 of MJ at bedtime and my mind shuts down and my muscles relax and I can fall asleep much easier.
@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi AnnieOakley, Thank you for sharing. There have been a lot of good suggestions among these comments and I hope it helps someone. Blessings
@23uday (2998)
• India
25 Feb 10
HI FRIEND, Everyday i tired with my work job.Everyday i go to office morning and i come back to home at evening.Its my daily schedule home to office and office to home. I take coffee then i watch TV for relax.At night i sleep early and i wakeup early morning to walk and doing yoga. have a good day.
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi 23uday, Walking and yoga sound like a great. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
@bunnybon7 (46803)
• Holiday, Florida
25 Feb 10
when i worked i used to do the same thing i do now. talk with friends on the internet, play pogo games where sometimes in the chat on the side of the games in the room you are in people talk funny things and joke with each other
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi bunnybon, Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
@zzyw87 (1259)
• Philippines
25 Feb 10
After a busy day, I just stay at home to relax. I don't like to go out on weeknights. I prefer staying at home and watching tv shows or movies. Sometimes, I curl up in my bed and read a good novel or some magazines. Sometimes, I just go online and surf the web. Sometimes, I also chat on the phone with my boyfriend.
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi zzyw87, Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
• China
25 Feb 10
After a busy day, my action of relaxation is listening the music radio while I read my interesting book; or doing exercise for example go swmming, go walking. The purpose of relaxation is have a good sleep to support the next busy day.
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi derick_dong, Thanks for sharing and these are good suggestions. Blessings.
@cream97 (29151)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Hi, Pose123. I will just lay down in my bed and wrap my amethyst fleece blanket around my body.. And I will doze off to sleep. I also like watching me a movie when it is very quiet in our apartment. Walking helps me too. I also love when my kids rub my back or my scalp. I love having massages as I am trying to relax. This is one of my guilty pleasures of escaping from the aggravations of my daily life. I also love walking the track at the park if I can get the chance to walk. It really helps me forget all about my problems, just for a moment.
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi cream, Thank you for sharing and all of these sound very relaxing. Blessings.
@dawnald (84213)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Feb 10
Lately, I watch my two soap operas and tune everybody out!
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi dawnald, Thanks for sharing. Blessings.
• United States
24 Feb 10
i am a stay at home mom.... most people dont think that that is a job but it is... it is a 24 hour a day job there are no benifits and there is no sick time... i have discovered the only way that i can calm down after a long day is to put the kids in bed and lock myself in my bathroom and draw a hott bath in my big garden tub and just sit there until the water turns cold... it is the cheapest way that you can make your day seem better....
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@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi punksmomma, Thanks for responding and I agree with you. I think that being a stay at hope mom is certainly a job and a very important one. Thanks too for sharing your way of unwinding. Blessings.