Top Tips for Winding Down After a Long Shift

Stress management is important for wellness, but we tend to neglect ourselves more often than not. It’s easy to get caught up with work and forget about yourself. Unwind and take a moment each day to relax with some of tips below.

Avoid Screen Time
Scrolling through social media might be tempting, however using electronic devices before bedtime can affect your sleep. This is largely due to the short-wavelength, artificial blue light that’s emitted by these devices. The more electronic devices that a person uses before going to bed, the harder it is to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Read a Book
When was the last time you read a book? If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out. No matter how much stress you have at work, or other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax. Pair it with a hot cup of tea and enjoy the healthy escape.

Writing
Maintaining a journal is a huge commitment, but the health benefits of writing can include lower stress and even better sleep. Writing makes you reflect and think out your issues, which is great for mental clarity. Reflective practices are used to improve your nursing skills; so why not use it in your personal life too. Not interested in writing about your own thoughts? Put your energy into your own fictional world and start working on a short story or novel. If you get published be sure to send Affinity a copy!

Talk to Someone
Relaxing doesn’t always have to be done alone. It’s helpful to talk to your friends or family during tough times, so why not make it a habit to reach out and have a chat to someone? Even a quick call on your way home will balance out the stressful workday.

Listen to Music
Research proves that when you listen to music you like, your brain releases dopamine, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter. So, the next time you need an emotional boost, listen to your favourite tunes for 15 minutes. You’ll be smiling in no time.

Have a Shower
Something as simple as taking a shower or a bath can leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. Hot showers can relieve tension and soothe stiff muscles. Studies have shown that taking a hot shower can amp up your oxytocin levels and ease anxiety. Soak your worries away in the tub.