You worked hard this week. Whether you’re a hardcore salaryman grinding 9-5 or an artist trying to make ends meet on a schedule that seems completely impossible to meet, you deserve a break to relax and catch up on the events of the past Days to forget. Unfortunately sometimes, especially after a high-octane week of work, it can be hard to relax.
“Trying to relax” is an oxymoron in itself, an idea that alone can upset your mood, and a paradox that has haunted workers for decades. Speaking as someone who finds it hard to switch out of a hard work mindset myself, I understand how lost this makes you feel sometimes when you just want to zone out of reality and into the comfort of relaxation. Good thing I’m here to help you find your Zen and get on with your weekend!
Although this may be one of the most uncomfortable words for many people to read, exercise is always a point in any relaxation guide. While the idea of exercise in itself may seem stressful and “relax” is one of the last words to come up mid-10K, the effects of exercise on the brain are well documented.
When used alone or in tandem with one of the methods further on the list, exercise has been shown to release endorphins in the brain and bring a deeply relaxed feeling to all the muscles that have been stressed during the session.
While it may seem like the last thing you want to do right after you’ve clocked in your 40 hours, going for a run or a martial arts class before starting your weekend is an extremely effective way to take your mind off work and bring Your body and the chill zone.
Do something boring
When suggested, this may seem like another counter-intuitive way to cool yourself down, but getting in on some repetitive or dull tasks can help reset your brain right after a stressful week. When you’re done at work or on your way home, doing something numbing can really ease your mind out of work mode and into relaxation mode.
Repeat a few verses in your head, go on Candy Crush or even count backwards from 100, any mindless activity can be used as a quick reset switch in your brain. This will never completely relax you, but it is quick and private and can be done at any time to set you up to begin the true relaxation.
Ignore your inbox
This might seem obvious to many people, but completely removing yourself from anything work-related is one of the most important things you can do for your brain when it comes to relaxing after a hard week. When you’re off the clock, you need to keep your brain away from anything work-related, so close your work emails, turn off your work phone and forget that work only exists for the weekend.
This is the hardest possible thing for me, so I completely understand if this seems ridiculous to you, but your productivity will decrease greatly if you are always thinking about work. The human brain is not built to withstand constant stress, and the time you spend outside of work prepares you for the week ahead, so make sure your time is all the time.
Try some cannabinoids
The decades-long demonization of marijuana is finally coming to its natural conclusion in the 21st century.
Thanks to our lord and savior – modern science, we now have widespread access to CBD, the chemical in cannabis that promotes relaxation in mind and body. This can be an extremely effective way to kickstart your weekly relaxation, and to be legally sold as CBD, it must contain only trace amounts of marijuana’s psychoactive chemical – THC.
As a result, you can go about your normal day and even drive while under the effects of some premium 100% pure CBD oil, because its only function is to relax you, without actually changing how your mind and body think and act. Those looking for the immediate hardcore relaxation option can of course opt for a more traditional high THC solution, but I can recommend everyone to try some CBD to see if it works!
Turn off your phone
It’s the end of the week. The last thing you need right now is to be reminded of all the drama and nonsense in the world outside your head. Especially in modern times, people spend far too much time worrying about social media and the reports of more traditional media.
To that end, you should try the route that many people like me try – completely disconnecting from the social metaverse. Even if you don’t actively consider it, the state of your internet presence can weigh on people’s minds for a multitude of reasons.
Personally, I limit my social media time to just a few minutes a day, but for most people who spend a lot of time in the blogosphere, I take some time at the end of the week to ignore your phone and the real world a little appreciation can go a long way to de-stress your mind ready for a weekend of partying or relaxation.