No matter how positive of a person you are at work, or how much you love your job, bad days happen to the best of us. When you’re having one of those days where it seems nothing goes right and life is just harder than it usually is, it can be tough to pull yourself out of the funk that so often follows.
It’s important to know how to bounce back after a bad day at work so one crummy Monday doesn’t turn into a crummy week.
Here are a few tips on how to bounce back after a stressful day at work.
1. Lie Down.
One of the best ways to recover after work is just to lie down. This helps you feel relaxed and gives both your mind and your body a much needed rest from your day.
Don’t listen to music or look around doing any calculations with your brain. Just lie down and do absolutely nothing.
You don’t need to do this for very long. A few minutes can help you feel more relaxed. Ten or 15 minutes can be enough. If you need to have a nap, make it a short one, so it does not disrupt your natural sleep cycle.
2. Take Your Bath.
A great way to feel refreshed is to have a bath or a shower. Lying down in the tub for a while is very relaxing. Run some hot water into the bath, get in, and lie down for 20 minutes. This is similar to lying down on the bed for a while, as it can relax you and make you feel warm at the same time.
If you don’t have a tub, or don’t like to bathe, take a shower instead. Showers are quicker and the feeling of water on your head is great.
3. Change Your Clothes.
Don’t stay in your work attire when you get home.
It’s normal to change out of work clothes when you get home. Getting out of the suit, or uniform, at night time can make you more comfortable. However, it’s best to get into something that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.
4. Do Something for Yourself.
After your long day at the office, working hard, and getting things done for your team and your employer, you should take some time to do something that you want to do. Doing something you enjoy will make you feel better and might make you more relaxed.
Listen to some music, watch a movie or some TV, cook dinner, or play guitar. Work on something you enjoy and that isn’t too draining, and you’ll probably find your mood increases.