How to Destress After Work: The Best After Work Stress Relief Tips

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Looking for the best after work stress relief tips? Want to know how to destress after work? Well, you are in the right place! If you have found yourself complaining about work at home, keep reading to discover how to detach from work stress and simple things to do after work to relax.

Tired, over-worked and over-stressed. You’ve been there, right?

You’re finally home after working all day, running errands during lunch and catching up during that super short break you worked so hard for.

You pick up the kids and they’re starving. (Of course they are. They’re growing kids.)

But once you have them squared away, how do you wind down and free your mind from the obligations of tomorrow? How do you decompress after work?

Here are some simple ways I’ve managed to accomplish this feat and wind down after an ever-so-long, oh-so-stressful, “I’m so over this!” kind of day.

How to Detach from Work Stress

Working at a job you hate to love is like being addicted to crack. You know it’s bad for your health, causing you stress and anxiety and making it hard to let go when you’re away from it. But when you’re at work, you get such a high from the feeling of accomplishment that you get when your hard work pays off.

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So when you’re home, you find yourself complaining about work all the time. You can’t seem to detach yourself from work related responsibilities and the next big project.

If you truly want to relax from work, first you need to take your mind off those work tasks.

How to Stop Thinking About Work

Here are some simple things you can do to take your mind off work and focus on being at home and living your personal life.

  • Spend time with the kids.
  • Brain dump your work tasks.
  • Jam out to your favorite tunes.
  • Start planning your next vacation.
  • Binge watch your favorite t.v. series.
  • Go for a run, jog, or walk. Just get outside.
  • Get creative! Paint, draw, DIY something.
  • Start a gratitude journal. Grab one for free here.
  • Make a list of things that need to be done around the house.

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Things to Do After Work to Relax

Now that you have taken your mind off work, it’s time to relieve some stress. Try these activities to help you unwind and destress after a long day at work.

Read a Book

I know, I know…you’ve been reading all day. From emails, to policies, to news articles and kids’ homework instructions, you’ve read your fair share.

But, did you know reading can reduce stress by up to 68 percent? Yep, that’s right!

According to a study by the University of Sussex, it’s more effective than other practices, such as listening to music or sipping a warm cup of tea.

Of course, you want to make sure it’s something that’s actually appealing to your interests, e.g. a classic romance novel (my favorite).

I bet you’re already contemplating your next book. <wink, wink>

Have a Glass of Wine (or two)

This one is quite possibly my favorite way to wind down and relax after a stressful day at work. And might I add, it pairs nicely with number one.

Wine also has health benefits when consumed in moderation. It can increase your heart health lowering your risk of a heart attack, which makes it that much more appealing.

Are you loving this list already?? 🙂

Take a Bath

The dinner mess is finally clean and the kids are in bed. You sit down to take a load off, but the long list of “To-Do’s” keeps shuffling in your head.

Try this…

  • Run a warm bath and actually listen to the sound of the water running.
  • Light your favorite scented candle, turn out the light and take in the aroma as it blankets the room with a feeling of comfort.
  • Turn on some relaxing tunes, and let the music fill your soul.
  • Now, submerge yourself into the water and let the warmth flow over your body.

On second thought, this might be my favorite.


Most nights before getting into bed, I turn on my Améo Oil Diffuser and let the aroma of Pure Tranquility fill the room. It’s amazing how much a scent can change your mood and send you into such a state of relaxation.

It has been proven that essential oils can influence stress levels and relax our bodies acting in a very similar way to anti-anxiety medications.

There are many scents and brands to choose from, but my favorite is the Améo Pure Tranquility blend. It’s a wonderful blend of some of the most popular scents, such as lavender, lemon, bergamot and roman chamomile.

Ask Your Partner for a Massage

Last but not least, ask your partner for a massage. Now, this is completely dependent on whether or not he says yes, but it’s totally worth asking for.

To be able to feel your muscles giving way to the soft pressure of his strong hands is, to say the least, ah-MA-zing. (I sang that last word by the way.)

I almost always nod off. After a long day of work, this is exactly what I need.

And, if you’re flying solo, this self massager is the next best thing.

These are my favorite ways to wind down, decompress and relax after a long day. Which one is your favorite? Do you have a daily ritual for relaxation? Let me know in the comments.

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Decompress after work with this list of things to do after work to relax.


    • Jillian

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