“I can’t wait for the weekend” has become the mantra of the 9-5er. After slogging it out during the working week, it’s no wonder so many of us are looking forward to the chance to have some down time.
But stress-free living shouldn’t only happen on the weekend.
While it’s often difficult to get the most out of the daylight hours due to the pressures of work and family, there are a few ways to help yourself unwind at night that will leave you feeling calmer and more refreshed every. single. day.
Here are five ways I’ve taken the stress out of my evenings.
Tune in on the ride home.
5.30pm rolls around and it’s out of the office and off to the train for me – but what to listen to on the way home? My commute takes me at least an hour both ways, and lately I’ve been finding that listening to music isn’t all that exhilarating. Downloading podcasts for the trip home has really helped turn peak hour into a more enjoyable experience. With addictive murder mysteries like Serial, or laugh-out-loud TV recaps like the Binge, I’ve turned what was once the low point of my day into an hour of entertainment that I actually look forward to.
"I’ve turned what was once the low point of my day into an hour of entertainment". Image: iStock.
Sweat it out.
Nothing helps me release all my pent-up tension like a great sweat session. Boxing, yoga, pilates – whatever your preference, getting your body moving will allow you to get rid of excess energy and feel calm and at ease.