I have a fairly stressful job. Thankfully, unlike other jobs I’ve had in the past…the stress is manageable but it’s still there. On top of the normal stress that my job brings…the hours also contribute. In fact, a lot of weeks…it’s the long hours that have me grateful for the sanctuary of my house come Thursday morning. I work a normal shift Monday. I got in at 2pm, then I work until 10pm and go home to sleep in my own bed. However, Tuesday morning I’m due in at 9am and I don’t leave work until 9am Thursday morning. I’m “off duty” between the hours of 10pm and 6am Tuesday/Wednesday night but I typically don’t sleep well.
I love my job, most weeks, but you know that on Thursday morning I am literally counting down the minutes until I can leave for the week.
Because of the stress and lack of sleep…it’s important that I use the weekends wisely so that when I return back to work on Monday I feel renewed and ready for the week ahead.
There are several ways I like to de-stress. My absolute favorite way to do this is reading. I always have a back log of books on my bookshelf and my Kindle and there has been countless weekends where I have done little else but read.
Napping. When I get home on Thursday I almost always immediately change into my pj’s and climb into bed. My bed. I don’t always sleep, sometimes I’ll use the time burrowed under blankets playing on my iPhone either playing games, reading, surfing Facebook. I try to only do this on Thursday…but I found myself taking a three hour nap yesterday.
Baths. I stopped taking baths when I was a little kid. I found sitting in the bathtub to be kind of boring or I just did not have a bathtub. Now though I enjoy a nice hot bath. I’ll bring in a book or a magazine and just relax. Sometimes I’ll turn on music, but often I’ll just read in silence.
Food. Either cooking up a new recipe (or having hubby cook it). Going out to eat. But sometimes just having a really good meal is just what I need. Add in some delicious wine or a craft beer and there is nothing better.
Movies and TV. I don’t watch tv often but I watch Parenthood on Hulu every week and I’ve been catching up with movies on Netflix.
How do you de-stress after a stressful week?