What is one stress-relieving activity to practice in the evening?
To help you find the perfect stress-relieving activity, we asked HR experts and business leaders this question for their best evening stress-relieving activities. From disconnecting from your electronics to evening walks with audiobooks, there are several stress-relieving activities you can partake in to disconnect in the evening.
Here are ten stress-relieving activities to practice in the evening:
- Spend Time With Your Dog
- Disconnect From Electronics
- Sleep Meditation
- Breathing Strategies
- Essential Oils
- Evening Walk With An Audiobook
- Spend Quality Time With Family
Cooking is a fantastic way to relieve stress because it creates a space for you to be creative and nostalgic. Oftentimes, certain dishes can remind you of happy memories and loved ones, especially when the aroma fills your home. For many, this trip down memory lane allows them to forget about the stress of working life and enjoy their time in the kitchen.
Brad Sacks, More Than Gourmet
Spend Time With Your Dog
Spending time and interacting with your pet can help people control the anxieties carried from the day. Whether the evening activity is taking a dog on a walk or providing them with a nutritious and healthy meal, dogs offer the unconditional love that we all can appreciate at the end of a day.
Carol Bramson, Side By Side
Disconnect From Electronics
The first suggestion is obvious to everyone, but in my witnessing, very few do it, and that’s to disconnect from all electronics! In my house, there is a hard-line in the sand—7 PM. It’s never broken! When there is any “space,” people fill it with the phone or computer—we get uncomfortable doing nothing. But wisdom loves space! It’s waiting for you to create space so that it can guide you in your life. It’s a journey of choices and decisions. Wisdom wants to help—let it!
Gregory Drambour, Sedona Retreats
Sleep meditation has become a crucial part of my nighttime routine and has played a big part in helping me quiet my mind for sleep. Like many business owners, I was guilty of not being able to turn my brain off after work and would often try to sleep with projects and tasks running through my head, many of which would increase my stress, followed by the stress of not being able to sleep. I’ve always enjoyed meditation and now use the app Insight Timer to do a short 5–10 minute session (usually guided) as I’m lying in bed—50% of the time, I’m drifting in and out of sleep by the end of it!
Quincy Smith, TEFL Hero
After a long day of looking at a computer screen, there’s nothing I want to do more than to disconnect. I have found that my usual Netflix or TV time becomes less enjoyable after so much screen time, so puzzles are a super easy and cheap way to decompress after a long day. I would recommend getting a fairly easy (or hard, whatever you like best) jigsaw puzzle and work on it a little bit everyday to decompress in the evenings. It’s a great way to spend some time away from a screen and is a mindless activity that is quite relaxing. Along with the joy that comes with finding the perfect puzzle piece, the act of putting the pieces of a puzzle together requires concentration and improves short-term memory and problem solving. It’s a win-win.
Alexis Orth, Markitors
While stress is the organic reaction of the body to safeguard itself, prolonged stress or anxiety can have many long-term impacts, such as sleep deprivation or even sleepless nights. Relaxation strategies can create the body’s own relaxation mechanism during periods of unnecessary stress and anxiety. Deep breathing is both an aspect of meditation and a method of tranquility that you can use at any moment. The purpose is to take deep, gentle, and steady breaths. While there are many formal deep breathing techniques, along with the 4-7-8 system and the breath of the lion, you may begin quite easily. Start by putting your hand on your abdomen and slowly inhaling. Hold your breath for a moment when you feel your stomach rising, then exhale slowly. Different techniques can involve breath counting and changing the breath period before exhaling.
Sylvia Kang, Mira
Reading is the stress-relieving activity I do each and every evening. Nothing can distract the brain and fill it with calming thoughts more than a good book. Find the book that really connects you. There are books to motivate you to succeed and provide you with fuel; to take you far away from your reality and into an imaginary land; to make you smarter; and so much more. Find the book that engages your brain, and it will help distract from the stresses in your life.
Darcy Cudmore, Darcy Allan PR
In the evening, a wonderful way to relax from the day’s events is to turn on that diffuser with a drop or two of your favorite lavender essential oil. Filling your space with this aroma can help the stress melt away, and it can even increase your focus as you plan for the upcoming day. Some other oils that are perfect for relaxation include Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Rose, Cedarwood and Valerian.
Travis Killian, Everlasting Comfort
Evening Walk With An Audiobook
My ideal stress-relieving evening activity is to go for a walk with an audiobook playing through my headphones. This has been particularly effective during the last few months of working from home when many of us have found ourselves not moving as much as we usually would. Scheduling an evening walk, even if it’s only for 20 minutes or so, is a great way to at least get some steps in for the day. In addition, for me, adding an audiobook to the mix really allows me to zone out and make sure that I’m not spending my walk dwelling on any work-related issues that arose during the day.
Anna Barker, Logical Dollar
Spend Quality Time With Family
After a long day, there’s no better way to relieve work-related stress than by spending time with my wife, son and daughter. We love the outdoors and enjoy biking, cooking and giving back to charities focused on children and poverty. For any small business owner who doubles up as a parent, I’d highly recommend blocking time on the schedule to practice quality family time in the evening.
Chris Abrams, Marcan Insurance