A stressful job like construction, building management, factory working, or other blue collar jobs can be physically draining. It also has an emotional impact. Everyone, no matter what race, gender, or sexuality, should make taking care of their mental health, especially when working a stressful job, a priority.
To help you compact the stress of a physically demanding job, here are a few activities and tips to help you de-stress after work.
At the end of the day, gather a group of work buddies together and go for a drink. This small social activity can really help put the mind at ease. Make it a priority to spend time with friends and family, especially on off days. You don’t have to plan an elaborate event: just pick an enjoyable, low stress activity.
Fill Home with Pleasant Aromas
Buy your favorite smells from a local fragrance store or candle shop. Let these aromas fill your home. Returning to a enticing smelling home will lift your mood. Scientists have done numerous studies on how appealing smells boost moods.
Citrus, fresh cut grass, and peppermint are a few smells that work well as mood boosters, so fill your home with products that contain ingredients that produce these smells.
Take a Long Bath
Take a bath by yourself or with your lover, fill it with soothing bath salts. This can lead to a night of romance or a night of mental decompression. Play soft elevator music to help you relax.
Read a Book
Engage your mind in a mental activity that transforms you to another land. Additionally, reading books or doing puzzles have the ability to distract your mind from everyday stressors. Find a genre of books that keep you engaged. Set a goal to read a little each day, or take part in book challenges, like the annual Goodreads Reading Challenge.
Reading will help grow and train your mind, as well as stop your stressing. If you believe that you don’t have enough time to sit down and read, listen to audiobooks on your commute to work and back home.
Take on a Project
Hobbies and projects give you goals outside of the work world. Take on a remodeling home project. Buy all the hardware, tools, and materials that you need at home and good stores, like Lowes and ACE Hardware. Buy the accessories, like kitchenary or linen, at shops like Bed Bath and Beyond.
Save on these purchases by using Bed Bath and Beyond Groupon codes. Committing to this project gives you something to look forward to each day, and something to feel proud about in the future.
Devote at least 20 minutes a day to meditation. This not only will boost your moods, but help you reflect and feel more gratitude towards your life. For beginners, find a quiet space in your home to just sit and meditate. Play some nature sounds and light a natural smelling candle to maximize the meditation experience.
Adopt a Pet
Pets give their owners unconditional love. That type of love and devotion can easily help anyone de-stress after a long day at work. Find a local pet shelter to adopt a pet in need.