Winding down from work
*Step into the front door, drop my bag and crash on the couch for the next few hours * Ever caught yourself doing that whenever you come home from work? I know I do! While it seems the time to relax and wind down, I can’t always seem to drop work off my mind. Therefore, instead of simply sitting down and doing nothing for the rest of the evening, I like doing some activities to wind down from work. I can imagine that there are more #careerlions out there, who could use some ideas to unwind. Here, are my favorite activities!
Coloring for adults
Like former Beatles manager Allen Klein would say: “Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world”. But what if it were the other way around? What if you could actually influence your attitude with a box of crayons? In this research, a study was conducted about the impact of coloring books on adults and their mental well-being. The results on the test group were positive: Perceived stress levels were significantly lower for the group that had been coloring for a week. The past weeks I’ve been coloring away in my Harry Potter and Lonely Planet coloring books (that last one also doubles as travel inspiration).
Finding balance and energy in Chinese practices
According to Wikipedia Qigong is described as a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, Qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance Qi (chi), translated as "life energy". Basically, Qigong practices are exercises that will make you feel energized and balanced. I have been enjoying ten minutes of doing Qigong exercises whenever I come home from work. It helps to shut off the work mode or enter into blogmode!
Who doesn’t like a good massage? I know I love it, as I feel it is a real treat to yourself. Now how about treating your body to a massage on the daily, without having to pay for it? Let me introduce you to foam rolling! Not only does it feel great and relax your body, it is also beneficial for your blood regulation, it releases tension in your muscles and increases mobility!
Depending on the tension I feel after sitting behind a desk all day, I like to alternate between the Matchu foam roller (great for knots and your back) and Trigger Points one (great for hip opening exercises and legs).
Performing any of these activities gets me in a relaxed mood any day. What about you? How do you wind down from work? Will you be giving these activities a try? Let us know in the comments below!