5 Extraordinary Ways to Unwind After Work

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Whatever you do and wherever you work, perpetually feeling busy, stressed out, or just plain bored can affect your wellbeing. If you’ve got a lot of responsibilities, like looking after your family or working in a high-pressure job (or both), it’s easy to lose track and never have a moment to yourself.

Breaking the Cycle

When you’re feeling run down and uninspired, it’s time to implement some extraordinary tactics to break the cycle and beat the mid-week slump. Constantly working late into the night or working on weekends can become draining and negatively affect your health and your relationships, so taking some time out to reconnect with yourself and those around you is incredibly important.

1. Get Out There with Extreme Activities

From go-karting to ax throwing, “extreme” activities can take you out of your comfort zone and give you experiences to remember. Get your friends or work colleagues involved, and do something wild together –– you might just find your new hobby!

Investing in opportunities to go and do new things will create greater happiness and fonder memories than spending money on throwaway purchases. You’ll cherish the memory of doing something fun and exciting, and you’ll be able to relive the experience again and again.

2. Indulge Yourself with Pampering and Relaxation 

Get some well-earned “me time” by scheduling some serious self-care. Switch off your phone, close down your computer and put aside your worries –– this is your time. While jumping in the bathtub or diving in the shower can act as a great circuit breaker, why not do something that’ll benefit you in a much deeper way?

Getting a tantric massage can be a mind-blowing experience that’ll reinvigorate your senses and help you connect with yourself –– and someone else. Massages have numerous physical and mental benefits, from relaxing your muscles and improving your skin to increasing your confidence and enhancing positive body image.

3. Reorganise and Reclaim Your Space

Although it might not seem that extraordinary, you’d be surprised at the amazing psychological benefits of whipping your home into shape. Putting time aside to declutter and clean can be incredibly therapeutic, helping you to feel organised and in control of your environment.

Reclaiming your space and clearing out your wardrobe can earn you some extra cash if you sell your unwanted garments online with apps like Depop or eBay. The additional funds might be the difference between taking on that extra shift of taking some more time out to spend with your friends and family. Alternatively, you can give something back to your community by donating your old clothes to charity –– another great and fulfilling practice. 

4. Break the Habit and Ditch the Screens

It’s amazing how much time we spend in front of screens. Sinking into the sofa and watching a new series can be a great de-stressor. But, if you’ve been working on your phone, laptop, or any other bright rectangle all day, your eyes will tire, you’ll start to feel worn out and your brain won’t want to switch off.

Ditch the screens, and do something different. Rebel against our modern obsession with technology, and find something else that brings you joy. Cooking a new recipe to nourish your body will have a profound effect on your physical and mental wellbeing while listening to music, reading a good book, or meditating will put you in a different state of mind

5. Try Out Some New Exercise

We get it: it’s cold outside, it’s raining, you don’t quite feel like it — there’s always going to be a reason why you don’t want to exercise. If you’re not a runner or you hate the idea of swimming at your local pool, your options can seem limited, so why not try something new?

There are plenty of online classes available that offer varied and exciting new ways to get your heart pumping. Trying out yoga or pilates classes can rejuvenate your body and inspire you to get moving without getting wet and muddy throughout winter. With so much choice, you’re bound to find the right videos and classes for your level of fitness.

 

Conclusion: Break the Mould

Whether you’re chasing a promotion or seeking inner peace, you need to find different ways to relax, unwind, and do something other than work. Your body and mind will thank you, and you’ll be able to move forward effectively to achieve your goals. From exercising and decluttering to pampering and meditating, set some time aside to do some extraordinary activities that’ll renew your vitality and give you back your lust for life.

 

 

Keeping Fit & Healthy

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I previously complained about the extra pounds I gained over summer. Well, I am pleased to announce I have dropped them all off! I and now back to my usual dress size (which is 8, 10 or 12 depending on where I shop) and it feels so good. The extra weight I gained made me feel like a log of wood. I found it harder to do many things. My clothes didn’t fit right, going up and down the stairs was harder, walking/jogging was harder, my thighs were knocking against themselves (I was reminded of my weight gain with every step I took), I had aches and pains everywhere and I just felt heavier. I didn’t go on a scale (never do) so I didn’t know for sure how much I gained but I noticed the extra pounds as soon as they came on and as soon as they came off.

Here is how I lost the extra pounds –

Long Walks/Jogging

Myself and the gym are not friends. I am never motivated to go plus having twin toddlers means it is almost impossible to do anything alone these days, even using the bathroom. So we take long walks and I try to go jogging in the evenings when I can. My daily steps target is 10,000. Most days I come close to hitting this target, and I have even smashed it many times now.

 

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Being an Online Entrepreneur means I am usually working on my laptop every chance I get and that is far from active. So I make up for inactiveness by taking long walks and jogging. The adrenaline rush I get from jogging also helps my creative mind so it is a win-win for me.

 

YouTube Fitness Videos

I have mentioned my love for YouTube Fitness Videos before and I still have mad love them. There is a variety of fitness video to choose for and they are a fun way to work out from the comfort of your home. Your kids can even get involves if they are anything like mine. They copy everything I do. Plus they are free (except your Broadband charges) which is a great way to save some money. How many of you have gym memberships you don’t use? I know I had my gym membership for 2 years before cancelling and in that 2 years, I could count how many times I actually stepped into the gym to exercise. Don’t waste your money paying for a gym you don’t use.

 

Reduce Portions & Junk

Apart from not being active enough, I ate a little too much over summer. I blame my sudden urge for ice creams at 9pm on the unbearable warm weather but that is really not an excuse. Plus I am not even an ice cream girl, so not sure where the cravings came from. But reducing my portions, and cutting back on junk foods helped reduce my waistline.

 

I am convinced these actions helped me drop back to my usual size and I would recommend them to anyone struggling a sudden weight gain.

How do you keep fit? Please share your tips in the comment section below.

 

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