By the end of the week, I try my best to make sure I have some time to recharge. This is a lesson I’m continuously learning, especially as I incorporate new ways to manage my anxiety. Although busy periods can be fun, sometimes they’re stressful, so it’s important to rest your mind and body. Here are 10 ways to recharge after a stressful week!
10 Ways to Recharge after a Stressful Week
1. Tidy up or reorganize your place.
There’s something so cathartic about focusing on physical tasks, like cleaning out your closet. Whenever I’m really stressed, I like to reorganize my pantry, fold clothes, or decorate my apartment. After a cleaning session, I feel much happier in my environment and can relax more easily. If you had a long day at work, consider doing a load of laundry or sweeping the kitchen floor.
2. Create a personalized playlist.
Whether you’re jamming out to a new pop hit or playing your favorite indie song on repeat, music is a great way to ease your mind. When I was in college, I created a playlist called “Sweet Dreams” to help with nighttime anxiety. I compiled several acoustic tracks and fell asleep to the music. Creating a personalized playlist can help set the mood for a laid-back night in.
3. Pamper yourself.
One of my favorite things to do when I’m stressed is take a bubble bath because stress causes uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as tense muscles and headaches. Pamper yourself with a spa day, massage, or a soothing bubble bath. Maybe light a few candles or play some relaxing music. You totally deserve it!
4. Enjoy your hobbies.
Do you love cooking? Have a passion for writing or maybe gardening? After a stressful week, make sure to devote some time to your favorite hobbies! I personally adore singing and also used to own a karaoke machine. If I need to take a step back, I’ll sing along to songs that make me happy!
5. Have a relaxing movie night in or go out to the movies with your friends.
Sometimes, the best way to recover after high pressure periods is to have a night in. If you need me-time, why not enjoy a relaxing movie marathon at home? Alternatively, going out might be just what you need. In that case, check out your local theater with friends and see what’s playing!
6. Treat yourself to your favorite things!
Indulge in some yummy ice cream. Paint your nails. Catch up on sitcoms that make you laugh out loud. You are absolutely wonderful and should treat yourself to your favorite things!
7. Make sure to rest well and go to sleep early.
Getting enough sleep is vital in recharging yourself. It’s easy to lose sleep when you’re stressed, but lacking sleep comes with serious side effects. Tonight, try starting your nighttime routine early and turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. You’ll feel much more refreshed by morning!
8. Spend time with your favorite person.
On Friday nights, a lot of times Alejandro and I go to the movies. I don’t know why, but it’s something that I look forward to even in the beginning of the week. Invite your best friend over, cuddle with your partner, or watch a movie with a family member. Whoever they may be, surround yourself with people who bring you joy and a sense of tranquility.
9. Play video games, read a book, or binge watch a new show on Netflix.
Maybe you want to watch that new series on Netflix everyone keeps talking about, or read a book someone recommended to you. Go for it and have fun! This week, I had a blast playing Spyro on Alejandro’s PS3 because it brought me back to childhood. I couldn’t stop smiling!
10. Take time for yourself.
There’s nothing wrong with shutting off your phone and hanging out at home. We all need alone time, but it can be hard when life pulls us in a million directions. Try not to check your work email. If it helps, turn off notifications from Facebook or Twitter. It’s perfectly okay to let people know that you’ll talk to them in the morning. A night to yourself may be the perfect remedy!
I hope that you enjoyed this post and found it useful, lovelies. 💓 Here’s to a wonderful, relaxing weekend!
What are some ways you recharge after a stressful week?