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6 Ways to Relieve Stress After a Hard Day

Updated on May 3, 2016

A stressful day can be exhausting and leave you irritable and cranky

It can often be tough to unwind after a hard day. Sometimes we find ourselves accidentally taking stresses out on family, friends, or others we live with. Relieving the stress from a hard day isn't always easy, but it is necessary in order to feel emotionally and mentally healthy. Stress can put a lot of pressure on your body and mind. It's actually known to make people physically ill and even obese. If you've been feeling stressed out lately and need to calm your body and mind, try these tips and relax like you deserve.



Take your shoes off and get comfortable shortly after walking in the door. Put on some lounge clothes that make you feel at ease and you'll see just how relaxed it makes you. Put away your work clothes, and in doing so, think of how your putting away the stressful day you've had. Get as comfortable as possible by putting on your favorite socks, t-shirt, or even pajamas. Getting your body relaxed by getting comfortable after a rough day will put your mind at ease and help you to relieve the stress of the day.



Take a warm shower or bath to release stress after a hard day. If you need to unwind from a stressful day, try calming yourself in a warm shower and letting the water run over your body. Picture the water cleansing away your stress. You may prefer to take a bath instead of a shower, if you have time for this. A warm bath can relieve stress by relaxing your body and easing your mind. Try soaking in a scented bubble bath or add bath salts to calm your senses. Scents, such as lavender, that are pleasing, can destress your body and mind completely, putting away the rough day you've had.



Exercise your body to relieve stress and feel better. Often times, the best way to relieve stress is to go for a jog or even a long walk. You may feel tired after a stressful day, but exercising is a great way to relax your mind and help you feel physically healthy. Not only do you get to work out your aggression, but you also get to work tense muscles that need attention from stress. Exercising after a stressful day is a great way to get out frustrations before getting involved in your nightly household routine. By exercising, you'll feel less irritable when you encounter family at home and be able to enjoy your night with loved ones.



Watch television and chill out for a little while to relieve stress. While most of us don't always have time to relax right when we get home from work, it is important to have a little ‘you' time in order to destress. Set aside at least 15-20 minutes to sit down and relax before starting household chores, homework with children, or cooking the evening meal. Try spending a little time with family, watching television or playing a quick board game to relax after a tough day. It's important to relieve stress after working hard so that you can let go of things you had to deal with during the day and switch your mind to family and household matters.



Have a good cry to relieve stress and irritability. Sometimes the best way to relieve stress after is to cry. Whether you're angry, frustrated, or irritated, having a good cry can take those emotions and release them from your body. Many people cry when they are angry because it helps to get emotions out that are tough to deal with. If you are unable to cry, or don't usually do so, think of something that makes you sad to help get the stress out. Work is tough on our bodies and minds and often times we just need to cry to release feelings of frustration. It's perfectly normal to cry. If you do so in privacy, you never have to feel embarrassed. So go somewhere you won't be seen or heard if your concerned about crying around others.



Listen to music, sing, and dance to relieve stress. Hearing music and moving to the beat can can help get your mind and body in a better mood. It's also a great way to relieve stress after a hard day. Play some music in the car on the ride home from work. Turn your favorite song up loud and sing your heart out. Singing can release aggression and irritability so that you feel mentally healthy. Music can do amazing things for your mental wellness and using it to relieve stress is no different. You could even play music when you get home and dance around the house with your children. Getting into a silly mood will help get rid of stress after a hard day, instantly!



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    • swalia profile image

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      meditation works best for me!

    • epigramman profile image


      8 years ago

      Best way to relieve stress after a hard day:

      well don't be silly it's obvious - read Miss Marsh!!

    • Nan Mynatt profile image

      Nan Mynatt 

      9 years ago from Illinois

      Good article. I use lavender for my baths and to disinfect the air!

    • beth811 profile image


      9 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      Lighting scented candles also in a closed, dark, comfy room while lying in bed makes me relax.

      Thanks for sharing these tips.


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