After a long day at work it can be almost impossible to fight the lure of the bed or couch. Unfortunately, a mounting pile of paperwork, dishes, or chores creates a sort of paradox for you: should you relax and enjoy a lazy evening, or should you actually manage to get some stuff done for once?
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Thankfully, you don’t have to choose! There are so many ways to be relaxed AND productive after work, that you’ll be surprised at how effective they are once you start implementing them. Below we have seven different ways to help make the most of your evenings without wearing yourself out.
1. Stop working after dinner
Let’s face it, once you get food in your belly it can be hard to keep off the couch. A full stomach generally requires a lot of energy to process the food, leaving you lethargic and sleepy. Instead of fighting these natural feelings, simply go with the flow. Allowing yourself to relax after dinner will ensure that you’ve got a set quitting time for work and that you can complete various tasks when you’re more alert.
2. Set a schedule
Nothing works best to partition time and ensure tasks are completed like a schedule. Use a weekly planner to set up what you’ll be doing each day after work. This allows you to task out various things each day and ensure that you still have time to relax. Once you’re following a set schedule on a continuous basis, your body will get used to the adjustment and you’ll find that you’re more relaxed and have more energy during the evening time as well!
3. Do some yoga or Pilates
It may seem counterproductive to stop work and exercise instead, however when you do a yoga or pilates work out you’re actually left with more energy. The idea of these types of exercises is to increase blood flow, improve posture, and develop longer leaner muscles. This means you’re not exhausted after workouts – instead you’re left feeling relaxed and with more energy to help you power through whatever chores are left on your list!
4. Imbibe a little
A glass of red wine each day is actually quite healthy. It contains antioxidants which are great for your heart and also helps prevent artery damage thanks to its ability to increase your levels of HDL. Another positive effect of red wine is that it relaxes you. Sipping a bit of wine while finishing up your chores or looking over some extra papers from work can dramatically reduce the amount of stress you’re feeling.
5. Treat yourself
Don’t burn yourself out with a life of all work and no play. Instead of just focusing on work all evening, make sure to get in a bit of “you” time. When you focus on yourself and relax a little, you’ll find that you have more energy to finish any extra work that needs to be completed before bed.
6. Don’t stay up too late
Some days there is just too much work to do and you find yourself up into the wee hours of the morning attempting to complete it all. Unfortunately when you push yourself past exhaustion, you are actually less productive and the quality of work you do is generally far below your normal level. Instead of pushing yourself and staying up late, attempt to free your mind of the stress and sleep instead. Waking up a bit earlier and having some coffee to boost your energy will dramatically help. Additionally you’ll find that the sleep you get has helped dramatically and you’re able to handle the tasks effectively.
7. Combine activities
Lastly, attempt to combine certain activities together. If you’ve got plenty of work to do, yet want to watch your favorite soap and still workout, why not combine some activities? Turn on the television and watch your show while working out. Or, attempt to read over your work papers while walking on the treadmill. Simply combining one or two activities can help boost your productivity and ensure that you are able to relax when you find out how much you’ve completed.