It’s Monday today and Mondays always hit me pretty hard. I get up at the crack of dawn, squeeze in some morning Pilates before quickly getting ready and making my way to work.
The first thing I do after work is run. I blast some epic movie tunes (Two Steps from Hell is what gets me moving), and hit the outdoors. Now that the sun sets around 5:30 pm, I only have time for about 2-3 miles. In the spring and summer, I usually get about 5-6 miles in after work.
If it’s raining or the weather is just not good, I take myself to the YMCA and lift some weights after doing the elliptical for 20 minutes. Regardless, it’s important that I get a workout right after work to release some of that work stress and tension.
After working up a decent sweat, I go home to take a shower with the lights off. There’s something about being in a steaming hot shower with the lights dim that is just super relaxing to me.
Once I’m all dried off, I lather on some lotion and put on some comfy pajamas. Being in work clothes all day can tense the body up. Wearing familiar and comfortable clothing will help it relax.
When I’m winding down for bed, I always like to read a chapter or two of a book and listen to soothing music. Keep in mind, when I read right before I go to bed, it’s usually a self help book that can help sooth me, not a mystery/action/suspense filled novel where every chapter ends in a surprise. Books like that keep me on my toes and are usually best for reading earlier in the evening.
Lastly, I meditate right before I fall asleep. During meditation, I like to reflect and take deep breaths as I set my intentions for the next day. I don’t like to think about anything heavy or dark. I just like to keep it positive and light during my evening meditation.
How do you relax after a long day?