5 ways to recharge your batteries after a bad day at work

Feeling some mental or physical exhaustion after work is common in most people. But sometimes you literally feel dead tired, the fatigue levels are over the roof. You feel too tired to eat, too tired to interact with other people, not in the mood to do anything. In other words, too tired to have a life.

Maybe you had a terrible day at work, your boss called you in and blamed you for something you didn’t do, your clients have unreasonable requests again, your colleagues just bailed instead of giving you a hand in an urgent task. It happens to all of us.

In my case, it happens at least once a week. Some days I feel so over-worked and drained that I just what to crash the bed. I don’t have much of an appetite and can’t find any energy in me to do anything.

Although it’s very useful and actually recommended to try and find the cause of the exhaustion and stress, in this post we’ll address how to relieve the symptoms. I’ll share 5 tips that help me recharge my batteries after a bad day at work and make myself resemble a human being again.

  1. Get some comfortable clothes. Take a nice shower, remove that make-up and get into those jammies. Forget about style and fashion trends, what matters is that you feel cozy. Whenever I get into my pajama, I instantly start to feel more comfortable and relaxed. And after a hot shower most of my tension is starting to disappear. Using a shower cream with essential oils that have a relaxing effect, like lavender, cedarwood or ylang-ylang also helps.
  2. Eat something light and balanced. Although you might not have an appetite, I find it very important to eat. No matter how tired, stressed or depressed you are, you need to eat. The last thing you want is to get yourself sick. Also the nutrients are necessary to get you in shape for your next day. Your body needs fuel to recharge. However, overeating is not a good idea. Your body will need even more energy to process your meal and in result you’ll feel even more tired.
  3. Put some nice music. Classical music, ambient or nature sounds work best for me, but you can choose whatever you like. I recommend something soothing and not over-stimulating. You need to hear it in the background but it shouldn’t require any involvement or attention from your part. It’s there just to set the mood.
  4. Drink a nice cup of chamomile or lemon balm tea. Use your favorite cup and enjoy a nice relaxing herbal tea. Chamomile and lemon balm have a calming effect and favor a good night sleep. This is essential especially when you feel too tired to even sleep, your are overly stressed and keep playing the day’s events over and over in your head. There is a wide variety of relaxing herbal teas out there so choose to your liking. Avoid green and black tea because they contain caffeine which will keep you awake. I know you might be tempted to pour yourself a glass of wine or drink that cold beer you have in your fridge, but keep it for another day. It may help you feel better for the moment, but you will wake up dehydrated in the middle of the night and feel like a train just run you over.
  5. Aromatherapy. Diffuse some lavender oil in the air or simply apply a small amount on your neck and temples before you go to sleep. This does wonders for me. Lavender is my favorite smell and it helps me sleep like a baby.

As a bonus tips, if you have pets, a snuggle session with them will bring you more benefits than all of the above combined. Or hug your loved one and just sit in silence for a few moments. You don’t have to explain anything, just be there for each other. If the two mentioned above do not apply to you, no worries! Just snuggle with your plush toy or a soft blanket. It’s perfectly fine as well.

Hopefully these tips can help you feel slightly better. It might not look like much, but remember it’s the small things that make a difference.

Take care of yourselves!

Sunday blues

Remember the excitement and energy that you feel Friday night after you get out of the office? The taste of freedom and the anticipation of the upcoming weekend?

Well, by Sunday afternoon it’s all gone. It is stealthily replaced by the so called Sunday blues, which is a mix of disappointment for not achieving everything you planned, frustration for how fleeting time is and dreading to return to work next morning.

Sounds familiar right?

Happens to me every time. These ups and downs are so overwhelming and so tiring that it get’s annoying sometimes. Why does all the work stuff come into mind again? Why can’t I just enjoy every second of my free time and make the most of it?

Time is precious. We all have a very limited amount of it, so why waste one sweet afternoon being blue.

To keep these mood swings under control, I realized that it helps to not have great expectations for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday are just like any other days, something will not work out, somebody is not going to be very nice, somebody is going to be late, the traffic is going to be crowded … There are lot’s of things that we cannot control. Sometimes we can’t even control ourselves, so why push our exceeding expectations on others?

I’m not saying not to make any plans, to sit in misery and feel sorry for yourself. What I’m saying is to be realistic.

Plan some activities, but don’t overcrowd your schedule. You need some laid back time as well. Read your favored book, go for a walk, enjoy some nice coffee or tea, check your favorite blog or website. The pleasure is in all the small things combined.

I never plan for more than 3 activities daily. Sometimes I even make a checklist, mostly because I enjoy crossing things off a list. Whenever I plan to do more, I am always stressed and pressed for time. I often find myself being rushed and annoyed if the people included in my plans take their time. Which is absolutely ridiculous!

I have to keep reminding myself that it’s OK to take it easy. It’s perfectly fine to not have sensational experiences every weekend. Sometimes it’s OK sit in pajamas all day and read a good book, dance and sing along your favorite music. Just listen to your needs and do what’s best for you.

What matters is to be present and mindful of every moment (which is easier said than done, I know, but we’ll get there).

Therefore, I’m going to spend the rest of my afternoon reading, enjoying the coziness of my bed and the company of my significant other.

Let me know in the comments bellow what are your secrets for the best weekend.

Enjoy your Sunday!