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September 19, 2023

The 6 Best Ways To Decompress After Work Hours


The 6 Best Ways To Decompress After Work Hours

One of your favorite times of the day may be your clock-out time from work. It’s the perfect opportunity to stretch your arms high in the air and let out a sigh as you mark the end of another busy day. But what should you do now that you’re no longer on the clock? 

To your chagrin, you may be among many people not used to decompressing after work hours, and anxiety and dread about your next workday may already be creeping in. 

Knowing how stressful work can already be, it’s healthy to unwind, relax, and stop worrying about it for the moment. To that end, here are some activities that you should incorporate into your post-workday routine to help you decompress and end the day on a refreshed and laid-back note: 

1)-Your Definition of- Self-Care

True self-care consists of more than just the hype you may have seen on social media. Take time to define what your idea of self-care is—that is, practices that you personally find comforting and enjoyable. Little self-care rituals can do a lot to reduce stress, ease your body into rest mode, and lift your spirits, which will power you through the rest of the work week.  

Your version of self-care can involve:

  • Soaking in your bathtub with some essential oils, a glass of wine, and some scented candles
  • Pampering your skin with a sheet mask
  • Even doing your own nails at home

It can also be dressing up in your favorite shirt and comfy leggings and going outdoors to write a journal entry for the day, letting out all the feelings you’ve bottled up while at work.There are numerous ways to practice self-care and take care of oneself, as you can see. Therefore, whatever activity helps you relax and provides a healthy distance from the day's stressors, take advantage of it.


2) Unwind And Unplug: Essential Post-Work Exercise

Incorporating exercise into your post-work routine can be beneficial for your health. It's a great way to reduce stress levels and tension that builds up during the workday. You may discover the cathartic effects of some other physical activity, like jogging through a nearby park, cycling indoors on a stationary bike, or doing a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout at home.

You can even go outside and feel the wind in your hair as you run through leafy trails or go through the slow, mindful steps of an outdoor yoga routine. Release your endorphins, then treat yourself to a cool-down session and some rest after.  

3) Embrace Your Hobby To Unwind After Work

Perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve pursued your favorite hobbies. But you should consider picking them up again, as they can help you observe a relaxing habit that drastically differs from the hustle and bustle of your work life.  

Dust off that acoustic guitar and start strumming a familiar tune, or grab some art supplies from the craft store and start painting again. Read that book that’s been sitting on your bedside table, waiting for you to crack open its pages, or get your old scrapbook out and lay out some of your favorite photos and mementos. 

Remember that you don’t need to be “productive” at your hobby—the goal is to have fun and establish some healthy work-life balance for yourself. 

4) De-stress With Loved Ones: Socializing After A Long Day at Work

Don’t discount the benefits of spending time around others when you decompress from work. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference a good chat with your friends or a call with a family member will make to recalibrate you and get you back on track. And what better reminder is there that you can interact with people outside of work? Remember just how big your world is outside of your job, and regularly touch base with people you find essential.  

Suggest going on a casual dinner out or hosting a stay-in movie night with your loved ones. Even simple and affordable activities like these can do wonders to dispel your pent-up work-related stress. 


5) Discover Some Meditation Magic To Decompress

If you have yet to try meditation, now might be a good time. There are numerous methods to relax and relieve stress, and tending to your mental well-being is one of them. Slip into something comfortable, like a loose-fitting shirt and breathable workout attire, to create a relaxed atmosphere. Once you're comfortably dressed, you can delve into the fundamentals of meditation.

Dim the lights and sit on a meditation pillow in the corner of your home dedicated to cultivating your inner peace. You can detach yourself from the day's worries with some deep breathing. Learn how to transition into a ten-minute yoga flow, stretching away the stiffness that sitting at your desk all day brings. Regular practice is a great stress reliever that may help you handle negative and volatile emotions at work or in any other setting and give you more control over yourself.

6) Netflix & Chill: Explore Relaxation With A New Series Or Movie After Work

It’s not bad to escape occasionally, especially after a hard day’s work. Decompression can be a matter of just settling into your sofa with a bowl of popcorn by your side and your remote in hand. Check out the latest offerings from a streaming service or other form of media, and immerse yourself in the plot of a new movie or even a video essay from your favorite creator. 

Whether it's a gripping drama series, a lighthearted comedy special, or a helpful video tutorial you choose to cap your day with, you can shift your mind away from the worries awaiting you at work. Once the credits roll, you may find yourself fully recharged and ready to face another day in the "real" world—but not after a good night’s sleep!


While your work may be important to you, it's equally important to take some time off to recharge and feel like yourself. Engaging in activities that help you relieve stress and decompress is crucial for your overall physical and mental well-being. This will make your time away from work more fulfilling and enjoyable.

Ultimately, what you do to decompress after work is entirely up to you. Decide on the activities that will recharge you best, and fully throw yourself into the moment when it’s time to decompress!



  1. Some great ideas! I like to take my dog for a long walk after I get home from work. A few minutes in and I've forgotten all the stress of the day.

  2. I cannot stress enough how important it is to decompress and to destress after a long day at work! It is so critical to our mental and emotional health! Love this article of yours.

  3. This is a really great article to read I love it! It is really important to de stress after a long and tiring day.

  4. Your article on ways to decompress after work is fantastic! It offers practical and enjoyable suggestions to unwind and prioritize mental well-being. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips for a more relaxed post-work routine.

  5. I love to stay together with my family after work and talk. My self care or reading is very important to me!

  6. I usually end up blogging or playing games after my day job. I need to rest more though but my brain won’t let me.

  7. Love your ideas! So important to decompress and relax after a hard work day!

  8. So very true.. for me, reading a book or watching a show/movie with family, or simply talking to family or friends helps so much

  9. Decompression does matter. People say not to scroll social media but I love to come home and just scroll for a little bit. It relaxes and decompresses me.

  10. I always take at least 30 minutes for myself when I'm finished for the day. Even if it's just to sit for a few minutes in quiet.

  11. I love a good workout at the end of a long day. The endorphins really work wonders for me.


  12. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with us. It was a great read

  13. My favourite thing to do is sit down and write - be it my novel or using writing prompts. If I'm feeling like crap after a shift - emotionally - then I'll use my writing to channel that!

  14. Love your tips for decompression. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I work on my hobbies when I'm done working. It helps me relax.

  16. I need to learn to decompress when I get home! I am terrible at it. But these are some great suggestions I will start implementing! Thank you!

  17. I love to meditate to destress myself but all these ideas are superb. Writing journal works for me.

  18. Ooohhh....I love the sound of meditation practices. Even Netflix and Chill is a lovely idea.

  19. Great ideas, love the destress with loved ones. I usually do these things as well to help me.

  20. Hug our cats! Lol. I go walk into the quiet streets of the city and sometimes have tea by myself, watching people walking by. At home, just cats, can't decompress! :D I should try to, thanks for this!


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