Tips For How To Relax After A Crazy Week

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Girl drinking coffee / tea and enjoying the sunrise / sunset in garden.

I’ve had an insane two weeks at work. I’ve been leaving before 7 a.m., returning around 8 p.m. and eating horribly in between. Today was my last planned crazy day at the office and I’m in need of some serious relaxation time. My brain is exhausted, my body is craving fresh fruit and my soul just needs a bit of a recharge.

This weekend (and next week while I have a few days off), I have some plans to decompress and re-center myself so I feel a bit more like me again instead of an employee on autopilot. In case you have weeks like this too, I thought I would share the tactics on how to relax after a crazy week at work or at home.

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Disconnect

Close the computer. Don’t check your email. Leave your phone charging on the nightstand as you go about your day untethered. Let work go for the weekend. It will all be there when you get back. It can wait a little longer so you can focus on you and the most important things in your life.

Quality Time With The Kids

Speaking of the most important “things”, make sure you break away and get in some quality time with the kids. I honestly can’t wait to do this. I have missed them so much. I feel like I was actually traveling for work versus commuting between the meeting venue and home every day. This weekend I am planning a day at my aunt’s cabin on a small lake to just spend some time outside with each other. I’m taking the kids by myself and leaving my husband at home. He has been the primary caregiver this week so he could use the break and alone time. I’m imagining watching them play by the water and relaxing. In reality, they are 1 and 4 so at the very least, I’ll be chasing the 1-year-old. I don’t even care though. Running after him is a much better way to spend the day than sitting in a stuffy conference room or walking a convention hall where the sun never shines.

Quality Time With Your Significant Other

Or, you could send the kids off to grandma’s and spend sometime with your significant other. It’s amazing how busy life can get and you can feel like you’re going through the motions with your relationship instead of participating in one. Go to a restaurant, put your phones away and talk. Hold hands, reconnect and do whatever you need to do to feel like your relationship with your partner is the most important one. Challenge yourselves to talk about something other than work and the kids. Click here for some fun date ideas. 

Quiet Time

In direct contrast to that quality time in No. 2, I find that I also need quiet time. During this time, you don’t necessarily need to do anything. In fact, if you can get to a spot where there is no T.V., no radio, no children screaming or dogs barking; just be. Soak in the silence. Something magical happens when you are able to achieve real silence.

Close Your Eyes and Breathe

While you’re doing No. 3, try to just close your eyes and breathe. I find that this helps my body to further relax and it is actually a good way to fall asleep.


Exercise

My body feels like blah. Serious confession. I’m disappointed in myself this month. I love to exercise. Like LOVE it. I love what it does for my body and my mind. It instantly makes me feel better. I don’t get to do it as much as I would like to and I certainly haven’t done it much this month at all. I plan on exercising all weekend and August is going to be my revival month.

Cook

I really enjoy cooking. If you don’t then feel free to scratch this one off the list, but I honestly get lost in being able to create something yummy. My plans for this weekend involve keeping it fresh and keeping the portions appropriate so I don’t completely negate No. 5 up there.

Organize

After being out of the loop at home, the house is sort of a disaster. My husband does a great job keeping up with doing things like the dishes, but when there are toys all over the place it makes me a little twitchy. The same thing with clothing in the closet. I have a giant need to feel like the space I’m in is my happy place and, in my head, that place never looks like the disaster that is waiting for me in my family room. Once it is re-organized, I feel accomplished and I feel like I can fully relax.

Read

It’s been ages since I’ve gotten lost in a good book, but this is a big one for me. There is no easier way to be transported from your world and into someone else’s when you curl up with a good book. Check out this post if you need some suggestions.

Color

You’ve probably seen the adult coloring books that have exploded onto store shelves in the last year or so. You may think it’s something that only kids do, but it is actually been proven that coloring can help reduce stress. You don’t need to have an adult coloring book to do this either. Color with your kids and sneak in some of the quality time while you de-stress and bond.



Pamper Yourself

At one point in my life, before kids and before marriage, I had a great job and was able to get a massage and a manicure once a week. Those days are long gone. My last massage was over a year ago and my last manicure was two months ago. If I can squeeze this in, I love to pamper myself. It can be part of my quiet time, the closing-my-eyes-and-breathing time and it makes me feel like I’m really doing something just for me again, which I believe is needed and important for mental and emotional health. Even if you all you can do is break away to take a bath or an extra long shower, light some candles and soak up the relaxation benefits. A little me-time where you do something rejuvenate yourself makes all the difference at the end of a long week.

Veg Out With A Show

I have to admit, I don’t watch a lot of television anymore. There are a few shows I will record and catch up on when I feel like I need a dose of downtime though. Or, I seem to always be able to find something on HGTV, Discovery or the History Channel that can peak my interest. Like reading, this is a great way to get caught up in a story that is outside of your life. Fictional characters, fictional problems always give me a little bit of freedom from my own.

How do you like to decompress after a crazy week? What would you add to the list?

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43 COMMENTS

  1. Cooking is my way to decompress as it just totally relaxes me. However, after being on my feet cooking and baking, I love to pamper myself and take the time to get some piece and quiet. Loved learning new ways to decompress!

  2. for me after quiet time and exercise, the world doesn’t seem so bad. These are some great tips and I’ll keep them in mind over the next two weeks… I’m expecting them to be bad.

  3. These are very good points…but personally cooking would not be a choice of mine!!! OH, I can’t cook. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love this list! There are so many of these I need to do more of. Disconnect is probably #1. Tonight I played Candy Land with my girls for the first time. I hope this is the first of many game nights with them. Great list! I pinned it.

  5. great tips you have there. it is really a must to distress after a tiring and hectic week or two to give us the needed energy and enthusiasm for the coming week.

    stay positive and happy monday morning from this other side of the world

  6. Exercise and quiet time are the best ways for me to decompress on a daily basis. I try to take time each day so that an entire week or month doesn’t feel overwhelming.

  7. I’ve been having a similar crazy week, a way I like to relax and decompress is to relax in a bubble bath and read.

  8. Yes, I feel like disconnecting and spending time with my husband go hand in hand right now! But its so hard when you work on your computer and for yourself. I’m definitely going to try and be more mindful of this. Thank you x

  9. We have a lot of hectic weeks with two kids and their crazy schedules. I love some quiet time with a good book on the weekends. I also love to binge watch some of my favorite shows that I missed during the week .

  10. These are all such great ideas! Disconnecting, and spending quality time with my family are my faves! But, getting in some alone time is a soul saver! I hope you have fun at the lake!

  11. This is a great list of ideas for when I need my next recharge. It’s so easy to just keep go go going onto the next thing and then end up fried. Enjoy your time with the kids!

  12. I haven’t had actual time to sit and breathe for a long time. It is so hard with so many distractions (like people) around me, but I try to get it in. i really need it to control myself.

  13. It was spring break around here, so it was a different type of crazy. I definitely need to disconnect and spend some quiet time. It’s also my husband’s birthday, so I’m hoping we get some time to just connect with each other too. I’m taking some deep breaths right now! So many great suggestions!

  14. If I have a crazy week of work I normally take a step back from the internet and read a book that I’ve been wanting to read. Also I sleep to catch up on what I lost.

  15. Wonderful ideas. Life can be so hectic that the youngest miss out on our time and they are the ones that can’t really communicate their desires. They are also the easiest to please. Taking a nap with my daughter and spending the first 20 minutes on her undivided would make her so happy. I’m just thinking children right now as my daughter works full time and is in nursing school. I take them one at a time for special attention.

  16. I really liked all the ideas you had to relax after a hard week. I particularly like the idea of exercise and pampering! I think a great workout and a face mask is my go-to relax.

  17. Love the pointers Rachel. Digital detox is so important in this era where a major part of out day is eaten up by the mean machines. So is de-cluttering of mind. Now all i need is a long weekend to make that happen.

  18. After a whole week super busy and stressful work. Disconnect is my favorite thing. Every weekend, me and my friends go hiking where there is no Internet or mobile connection. It’s very effective mind cleansing and relaxing very therapeutic activity for me.

  19. I work on my blog during weekends, since I don’t always manage during the week, but the suggestions are great! Hopefully I’ll find some time to do some of those soon!

  20. These are some great ideas. One of my favorites that you mentioned is pampering myself. I feel rejuvenated when I do that.

  21. These are some of my favorite ways to relax after a crazy day or week! Nothing is better then cuddling with my boys or my husband. I am glad that people still color! I will add that going to Walt Disney World is another thing I love to do after a crazy week😀🏰!

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