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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!