You woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. You’re running late and the traffic just decided to accompany you for a few hours, you’re hungry as you have not taken your breakfast since you were hoping you would be able to save some time and make it to your work on the dot but it does not seem to be possible now – all these thoughts are kept to yourself until you finally reach the office. Process this, send an email, follow up on Mr. Blah Blah, call Mrs. Whoever, and the workload just goes on and on. Today is undoubtedly a really tough day for you.

An intoxicating day demands a great amount of relaxation. Luckily, I have gathered all the things that can help you relax during and after a hard day’s work from the smallest things that can improve your mood up to the major things you can do for de-stressing.

Find Inner Peace

I know it sounds cliché but finding inner peace is definitely one way to relax your mind. This is also the simplest thing that you can perform while at work or at home. Meditating is obviously ideal as 5 minutes of meditation can help relieve stress and depression; however, some workplaces are too noisy that meditation is just not possible to be done. So how can we find inner peace then if that’s the case? It’s simple – breathe. That’s right. Take slow, deep breaths and feel its effects while it lowers your blood pressure and heart rate. Closing your eyes in addition to breathing slowly can also increase its relaxation effects.

Furthermore, if you’re feeling anxious, there’s also “progressive relaxation” that involves tensing the muscles in one body part at a time to reach a state of calmness. A simple squeezing of your hand for 5 seconds and quickly releasing it can already help ease your anxiety.

Food and Drinks

Fruits contain a lot of vitamins and eating one will already have an effect on your body. For example, a mango actually contains linalool that can lower stress levels. Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are rich in Vitamin C, which is a proven stress-reliever. Whenever our body feels stressed, potassium levels dip so munching on bananas will actually help fight stress. Bananas are loaded with potassium, which is a mineral that aids in sustaining the heartbeat, keeps our body’s water content balanced, and infuses our brain with oxygen.

If you’re not much into fruits or it isn’t readily available in your office, then maybe a chewing gum is more accessible? Research suggests chomping on a piece of (flavored) chewing gum may help reduce anxiety and even enhance mood. Surprisingly, its stress relief effect can occur almost instantly and has great long-term effects too such as its ability to also increase alertness and blood flow in the brain.

Drinking tea is also healthy and beneficial to your body and mental health. For example: peppermint tea. This tea is aromatic and works well to reduce stress and relieves anxiety. Moreover, the menthol contained in peppermint is a natural muscle relaxant. A lot of other tea has the same effect – they are made for our body’s relaxation.

Overall Body Relaxation

Take a walk. Walking is an excellent way to improve or maintain your overall well-being. 30 minutes of walking every day can increase cardiovascular health, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. Yes, walking is an exercise, a physical activity so how is it going to relax you after a tiring day? Actually, exercise and other physical activities produce endorphins (chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers) and improve our ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. However, unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is the easiest to perform and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.

If walking is not for you, going to a spa is definitely an ideal way to take your stress and anxieties away too. Spending a day or two inside the spa’s facilities would definitely change your mood and improve your body and mental health. Getting a whole body massage would also be the cherry on top of your holiday as there’s no better way to relax your body than getting a body massage.

Now if you’re not ready for a full body massage, then I recommend you try a foot massage as an alternative. Breeze Oriental Spa and Massage is considered to offer the best foot massage in Taguig, Metro Manila. Breeze offers 3 different kinds of foot massage that lasts from 60 minutes up to 110 minutes. A foot massage offers different kinds of relaxation because it improves body organs and metabolism, clear meridians, and eliminates fatigue for a good night sleep.

There are so many ways to reduce stress and anxiety, it doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming, you just have to know the ways to relax and reward yourself after a hard day’s work.