We’ve all been there, right? You have a really taxing day at work or you have been running around getting things done, but now you’re tired or aggravated or frustrated or annoyed, you name it. You go home, and even though you fight it, you end up snapping at your family or just being a general grump.
There are things you can do BEFORE getting home to enable you to enter your home done with the day and ready to enjoy your family. (Or face their issues with a little more composure).
Take a deep breath, hold for four counts and then let it out as slowly as possible. Repeat as many times as needed.
Let Go of the Tension
Do a series of stretches concentrating on wherever you are holding tension in your body. Mine is most often in the shoulders or neck area, so some head rolls and shrugs of the shoulders for example. Five minutes of easy stretching can do wonders to improve your mood.
Another method is to tense up each one of your muscle groups and then release. Work your way from your feet to your face.
Take a Walk
In a terrible mood? Take a short walk before getting in your car to go home.
And if you are near a park or some other spot with some nature in it (even if it’s just some flowers in a planter), go there and breath in the beauty.
Escape the World
Get in your car and close the door to the outside world. Turn off the phone and radio and just sit there and breath in and out for a minute or two. It’s very soothing to steal some minutes and concentrate solely on yourself.
Enjoy Your Drive
Listen to a podcast, audio book or a playlist of your favorite songs. Take your mind off your day and get lost in what is being said or sung.
Stop for a Treat
Stop at a store and buy your child(ren), significant other, favorite aunt, crazy friend or the garbage man a little treat. Focusing on others forces takes the attention away from how you feel.
Remember when I told you to create a kudos file at work? Scan through all that appreciation and you’ll revive feelings of being badass.
Scents can have major effects on the brain. Lavender, chamomile and jasmine are some good ones to start with, but search for whatever works best for you. Try keeping some essential oils in your purse or an assortment of air fresheners in the car.
Silence sometimes just makes things that are bothering us louder, so opt for a guided meditation. There are a variety of apps available for downloading to your phone. Concentrate on what the person is saying and block out everything else.
Blaze a New Trail
Alter your normal driving route. Drink in the different surroundings to occupy your mind, and if it’s a longer route, you’ll have that much more time to work out your funk.
Did you think of another suggestion while reading this post? Share your idea by dropping it in the comment section below.
Wishing you a better evening,