Everyone has to make a living somehow, and some days at work are going to be or at least feel longer than others. The good news is that there are several ways that a parent can get rid of the stress and anxiety caused by a hard day on the job. What are a few of the more effective tactics to relax and leave work behind when you come home?
Take Some Time by Yourself Immediately After Work
The first 30 to 60 minutes after you get off of work should be time designated to be by yourself or by a couple of your closest friends. During this time, you could watch an episode of your favorite TV show, stop by the local bar for a drink or two or simply lay on the couch or by the pool with no spouse or kids to bother you. Giving yourself a chance to transition from the demands of work to the demands of home will make it easier to handle the rest of your day without being rude or standoffish toward your family.
Relax in the Hot Tub
Relaxing in your hot tub can provide a variety of both physical and mental health ailments. If you have sore muscles, a dip in the hot tub can work the lactic acid out of them, which promotes healing and improved flexibility. Spending some time relaxing and clearing your mind can help you forget about all the little issues that are bothering you and help you focus more on your long-term or broader goals in life. Hot tubs are great for ever.
Make Time for Exercise Outside of Work
While you may be tired after spending all day on your feet, exercise can be a great way to stay healthy and reduce stress. A long run or some time with the punching bag can help you process your emotions or even help you come up with solutions to one or more of your more pressing issues. If you sit in an office chair all day or generally don't move much, a run or time with the weights will keep your muscles strong and ready to go when you are at work. Those who don't like jogging or walking on a treadmill may want to look into a kickball league or a Zumba class to get moving and have fun at the same time.
Contextualize Your Accomplishments to Reduce Stress
In some cases, we stress simply because we don't think our work has meaning or that we will be stuck doing the same thing until we die. However, it may be a good idea to give yourself credit for what you accomplished that day and take stock of the skills you honed or the connections you made. At some point, you will be ready for that promotion or get the raise that you need to move into a proper home in a better neighborhood or save up enough money to enhance your financial stability. Keeping yourself focused on your longer-term goals will help reduce stress and anxiety by giving your work and your life meaning.
When mom or dad aren't in a good mood, the entire household suffers. Parents may not be as engaged with their kids, spend as much time updating and working on their homes or be as engaged with things that have always interested them. By finding ways to reduce stress, mom and dad can provide for their family at work and enjoy reaping the rewards of their hard work at home.
Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends finding a local hot tub dealer if you’re in the market for one. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.