“There are times when we stop. We sit still… We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.” – James Carroll
At the end of the day, you MUST be able to unwind. Work can be stressful. Add in kids – if you have any – and you’ve probably just had one hell of a day. There’s nothing more important than winding down after a hard day. This way you’ll be able to start the next day off right.
SIDE NOTE: Some people say a glass of wine at the end of the night helps them wind down. While it may work for them, it most certainly doesn’t for all the people with anxiety. Sometimes alcohol – even just a glass – can provoke an anxiety attack especially when you’re stressed.
Here’s what I do at the end of the day:
Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime or you’ll never be able to sleep – talking from experience here. When you work out, it makes your body tired so when you hit that pillow later, you’ll be sleeping good.
Read a book.
Only limit yourself to a chapter or so. When it comes to books, I can tackle the entire thing in one night.
Watch an episode of my favorite TV show.
Don’t watch anything too stimulating or you may never fall asleep. Typically, I stick to sitcoms like Frazier, The Office, Grace and Frankie and Parks and Recreation. Try watching those. They’ll definitely leave you with good thoughts before bed.
Take a bath or shower.
I tend to like baths over showers at the end of the night because the water’s soothing. Light a candle to make it even more relaxing. Not having that bright light shining on you will do wonders for your clarity.
Talk with your loved one.
Discuss your day with your loved one. If you’re having any issues or challenges, then you’ll have the chance to talk through it and maybe come up with a solution. Even if you don’t end up with a solution, at least you’ve gotten it off your chest. Just carrying around all that stress can be debilitating. That’s why talking really works.