According to a report by the Australian Psychological Society, 35 per cent of Aussies have reported significant stress in their lives, generally linked to financial woes.
It's clear we live in a busy world; which is why it's important for our mind and body to be able to sink into total relax mode after a stressful day at the office.
There are some nasty consequences of not being able to 'chill out'. Prepare yourself with the tools to be able to leave any tenseness at the office so you can #nail work-life balance.
We've teamed up with our friends at Rowes Furniture who are the experts at living a stress free lifestyle with their Stressless range featuring recliners and sofas that adapt to your body. So it's safe to say, they know a thing or two about relaxation.
Here are 8 useful and easy ways to unwind after a stressful day:
Endorphins make us happy, and happy people don't stress - it makes sense right?! It's no secret that exercise does wonders for many aspects of our lives, but it's also the best stress kicker. Whatever form works for you, from a deep zen yoga class to a kick-ass boxing session, spare 30 minutes before or after work to sweat away the dramas of the day.
Find A Creative Hobby
Creativity lets the mind naturally wander. Finding a creative outlet after a big day can not only keep your mind off stress, but can open your world to new interests (and that's always a good thing!). Take up drawing, knitting, an instrument, a new language, arts and crafts, blog writing, photography, baking or even design a vision board for your next holiday.
It's been proven that technology can raise stress levels. Turn off the phone, turn off the computer, and shut off the outside world for a little while. It may be tricky at first, but it will do wonders for your mental health.
Get In The Zone
It seems simple enough, but as soon as you walk through the door at home, take your work clothes and shoes off, have a shower and get into your trackies (we'll allow it!). Hell, have a 20 minute nap if you can! This subconsciously reminds your body that you're no longer at work and you're at home relaxing. If your outfit and actions change, your mind is bound to follow.
Take The Day Off
Don't be a hero - remember sick days are there for a reason, so take the day off. Feeling burnt out or overwhelmed is absolutely justified as a sick day. And unlike the flu or virus, it will generally only take you 24 hours to feel good as new. We won't tell your boss if you don't.
Listen to Music
Music can change your mood without you even realising it. As soon as you get in the car on the drive home, or on your tablet on the bus ride home, hit play on one of your favourite albums. Don't choose anything over stimulating, just an easy jam that you can sing along with or that makes you feel happy. You're bound to get lost in the music on your journey home and by the time you're arrive, voila! you'll be stress-free.
You don’t need to be trained to have a short, relaxing meditation session. Just sit somewhere quiet, close your eyes, relax, and focus on your breathing. When other things come into your head (and they will), that's fine, just let them slip away naturally. When in doubt, just breathe - slowly! It'll be a whole new you in just 5 minutes.
Get A Stressless Recliner Chair
When all else fails, there'll always be a good comfy recliner chair. Spend just minutes in one of the classic furniture pieces by Stressless from Rowes Furniture and let your body sink into the top quality designer leather. You'll be in heaven.
You can save 20% off the entire Stressless range today at Rowes Furniture with recliners and sofas that adapt to your body, like no other. Visit 58 Russell St, Toowoomba or head online here.