Picture it, you walk through your front door after a long day of work, and all you hear is a crying child, a dog who needs to be let out and fed, and your wife/husband telling you that you need to fix something in the house. Or you walk into the house/apartment, and there are a ton of dirty dishes, dirty laundry, and your dog chewed up your TV remote. We have all been in one of those situations, and we all know that all we want to do is just kick back and relax. As life has it, it isn't that simple. We are grown adults with grown adult responsibilities. However, it is not wrong to take some time to get away and unwind. Unwinding can help reduce stress, anxiety, anger, and even depression. It is like a refresh button for your mind and can help you tackle tomorrow's problems with a different perspective on life. Here are 5 ways to relax and unwind from a stressful day.
- Go for a Hike/Exercise:
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, then you already know where the best places to hike are in your local area. Getting out and exploring nature and appreciating the beauty of the earth can help you look at the beauty in your life and the positives surrounding you. Going to the gym and taking care of your body helps reduce stress and gives you a more confident and positive mindset. I'm not saying you need to be like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and work out for 6 hours a day, but hitting the gym once or twice a week can help you get away from all that stress and make you feel good about yourself.
- Spending time with your family:
If you have a family, spending time with those you love can help remind you that you have a support system behind you and can be a great way to relax, whether you guys are just hanging out playing a board game or if you are just sitting on the couch talking about your day. Knowing that you are loved and appreciated can go a long way in reducing stress. If you don't have a family (or even if you do), watching a good movie can be a great getaway into a fictional world or investing in a fictional story. This can keep your mind off the stress of life for a solid 2-3 hours, and it gives you that time to sprawl out on your couch and kick your feet up after that long day/week
- Play Video Games
This is one of the most popular ways to get away and unwind. Playing video games is one of those things that time can fly by while you are doing it. Whether you are linking up with your friends on Call of Duty or playing through Skyrim for the 8th time. Video gaming is a great way to really escape reality for hours at a time. This helps you take some time to refresh your life problems by putting them on hold for a little while. Some even take it as far as streaming on Twitch to get an entertainer aspect of things. This helps people come together as a community and show that everyone is in this together.
- Have a Drink
Not get wasted…you alcoholic! If you are someone who works outside in Texas, then you know cracking open a cold one can hit the right spot! Kicking your feet up outside in your backyard or on your balcony and sipping on a nice cold beer or a glass of wine can be a great way to ease your mind and just clear your mind. Even invite a few buddies over, have a fire pit going, and reminisce stories about the good ole days. Surrounding yourself with friends and remembering why you continue to assault forward can be a great way to attack the grind tomorrow.
- Go to the range:
Who doesn't like to go out and shoot shit? I remember my days in the Army grinding day in and day out, getting LMTVs up and running, and they would come around and tell me, "You're going to the range tomorrow." Most people would dread that sentence, but for me, the excitement that went through my body just knowing that the target I was aiming at was all of my problems. I can imagine I am shooting them away. Other people go to the range to maintain their firearms and ensure they are working properly, but little do they know that the main focus is you and your firearm. Plus, educating yourself as a weapon owner is the best thing you can do as a user.