Stress is something that nearly everyone deals with from day-to-day. And, when you’re feeling stressed at the end of the day, you may want to create everyday rituals to feel relaxed. Everyday rituals can do much to reduce stress and anxiety.
How do rituals help you relax? Knowing ahead of time what your evening holds for you can begin the process of de-stressing. You don’t have to worry about what you’re going to do because you do the same thing every day. The evening, or at least a small part of it, is planned ahead of time which can be very freeing.
The following are some ideas you may want to incorporate into your day to reduce stress and bring on relaxation so you can enjoy your time at home.
It has been said that music soothes the savage beast. It can also go a long way to helping you de-stress at the end of a long day. Play relaxing music on your commute home, whether you drive or ride public transit. When you get home, some of the stress may already be on its way out.
Nothing is better at melting stress away than playtime with your grandchild. You can get silly together and watch the stress disappear. If you don’t have any grandchildren, playtime with a pet can have the same benefits.
Many people believe meditation can do wonders for helping you relax. Set aside ten to fifteen minutes when you get home to sit in a comfortable chair, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Feel the stress slip away.
Get creative to reduce stress and help you relax. Bring out paper, pens, pencils, or paints and then sit down to simply let creativity flow. It really doesn’t matter if you create a finished work; the point is to use creativity to bring you to a point of peace.
Writing is another activity which can allow creativity to have free reign to bring stress under control. Begin writing down all of the good things that happened to you during the day or things you’re thankful for. You can also use the time to pour out pent up stress and frustration. No one else will read your journal, you can say what you feel which can be liberating.
Women are often taught to use breathing exercises during childbirth. Similar exercises can also reduce stress no matter which sex you happen to be. Be sure to get enough oxygen in and out of your lungs to reduce the effects of stress.
You can finish up your day by having a cup of herbal tea. There are many varieties which are said to reduce stress. Find one that you enjoy and make it a ritual to drink a cup when you get home to help you unwind.
Combine more than one of these ideas to create everyday rituals to feel relaxed. Your day will end on a less stressful note. You may also find that the following day begins better because you’re relaxed, refreshed, and ready to start your day.