Healthy post-work activities
Things to do after work
The first thing to do when you get home is to get changed into comfortable clothing. Again, this signifies to your subconscious mind that work is over and done with and ‘me time’ has begun.
If you’ve been wearing high heels or heavy boots all day, go barefoot for a while. You may want to ease foot and ankle tension with some easy foot exercises, for example try writing your name in the air with your feet, or picking up a pencil from the floor with your toes. Scrunch and stretch the toes out, and use your fingers to massage any sore spots.
Relax or rejuvenate
Create a relaxing or energizing atmosphere in your home, depending on how you feel. You might want to rid yourself of the stresses of the day by leaping around to your favourite album, or you might prefer to dim the lights, put on some chill-out music and infuse the air with calming scents, such as lavender, frankincense or jasmine.
Before you make a cup of tea — or head for the booze — drink a large glass of water — air-conditioned and heated offices are incredibly dehydrating. If you haven’t yet had enough fruit and veg, opt for a juice instead. Carrot, beet, celery, watercress, mango and strawberry are all packed with antioxidants to help your body deal with the effects of pollution, stress and fatigue.
Strike a pose
If your work day has left you feeling truly exhausted, try this restorative yoga pose, for example lie down facing a wall and shuffle your behind as close to it as you can. Then walk your legs up the wall, and hold the position with your arms by your sides, palms facing up. This restful position promotes blood flow back to the heart.