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5 Surprising Things That Help You Unwind After A Long Day

Drinking chamomile tea and meditating are two popular ways to loosen up and relax after a long day at work, but they are not the only methods available. For those who find a hot brew and mindfulness are not for them, there are also a bunch of weird ways to shake the office stress off your bones.

Go to the light 

The type of light shining down on your living room affects more than just energy usage. Prevention.com notes that a high wattage bulb can contribute to stress levels and make you eat more, faster. Lights that have more blue in them could help — they may improve your mood and make you feel less tired.

Delicately prune a bonsai

This one sounds like something a large movie villain would do to add irony or comic relief, but that brute is onto something. Forbes notes that caring for a tiny tabletop tree can be relaxing. What's more, greenery has been shown to reduce stress and depression and contribute to an optimistic outlook.

Let your feet breathe 

Exercise caution around loved ones if your feet tend to stink, but taking off your shoes could help you calm down. This method could even work while you're still in the office, Forbes says — “Affecting the rest of the mind and body through foot manipulation is a long-held practice in some eastern healthcare philosophies.”

aroma-906137_1920 Aromatherapy can reduce stress after a long day. Image courtesy of Pixabay, public domain

Take a big whiff 

Our sense of smell is heightened when we are stressed, so why not take advantage of it? Aromatherapy is frequently cited as a stress reliever. The Huffington Post notes, “Essential oils like lavender have even been shown to react the same way biochemically that anti-anxiety medications do with certain neuroreceptors.” So ordering up an odor could be a good thing after a long day.

Clean the clutter 

Some people already find cleaning therapeutic, but it's something the doubters should try because it can also clean your mind. “Having a mindset of de-cluttering helps to manage stress,” Lauren Napolitano, a psychologist at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania, told Time. “Purging unused items gives a sense of order to your physical environment, which helps you feel calmer about your stressors.” Even a small but cluttered drawer could do the trick.

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