How I Unwind After a Long Day

I feel like the never-ending phrase that moms use is “I am so stressed” followed by “I am so tired.” It seems as though there are not enough hours in the day to set aside for US.  Whether you’re a working woman, college student or mother, unwinding after a long day is crucial to maintaining overall wellness for mind and body. I know a lot of moms unwind with a glass of wine come 5pm but surprisingly I do not drink very often so this isn’t a stress reliever for me. The more I drink the more I eat and then end up feeling bad about my late-night snacking. I’ve found that I don’t need alcohol to help relieve stress or anxiety. I try to drink as much water as possible in the evening since during the day it can be tough to remember with everything else going on. I wanted to share with you my best methods for relaxing after a long day.

Peace and Quiet – I am around kids screaming and talking to me all day long. I am constantly doing things for someone else … breaking up fights, dealing with tantrums, changing diapers, making food, getting milk, washing clothes, picking up toys, feeding the animals, letting the dogs outside and then back inside, etc. The list goes on. My days seem like a blur most of the time and at the end of the day, there is nothing I treasure more than being alone for a little bit. Luckily, I have an incredible husband who works decent hours and is home by 5pm. He knows how long and redundant the days can be for me and has no problem taking over for a few hours to help. I am able to escape upstairs for some peace, quiet and alone time. I turn on the white noise machine and literally just lie in bed doing nothing but breathing.

Massage – We carry a lot of stress and tension in our bodies which can affect our health and overall wellness. I recently tried Zyllion’s portable shiatsu massager to help relieve some of the muscle aches I was having after a long day. The 4 deep-kneading shiatsu massage nodes work wonders to relieve aches, knots, and muscle tension. The heating function adds an extra layer of relaxation and totally makes me feel like a new person. I don’t have time to escape to the spa every week for a professional massage, so this has been a lifesaver. It’s portable, lightweight and convenient to bring with me when I travel. The Zyllion shiatsu massager is available on Amazon, which I absolutely love. That means free and fast shipping with easy returns if needed. Not only will the shiatsu massager relieve tension throughout your body, it’ll also help you sleep better. Zyllion will be offering 25% off the ZMA25 massager in either color. Use code 25CHANEL.

Exercise  – And I don’t mean hitting the gym at full speed. You can boost relaxation with yoga and meditation and there are tons of free apps and YouTube videos so you can practice at your own pace. If you need to get out of the house and want something a bit more energizing, try going on a walk in your neighborhood. Now that the weather is getting cooler, I love evening strolls to clear my head. Try and leave your phone at home so you can really disconnect from the day. If you have a job that requires a lot of sitting, then walking is so beneficial for your body and mind.

Relax in a Bath – Who says you can’t pamper yourself while at home? We have a huge bathtub in our master and back in the summer I decided to give it a good cleaning and commit myself to soaking it in at least once a week. I light my favorite candle, put a face mask on, play some calming music and just enjoy a good soak.

Reading – Did you know that reading before bed can help you fall asleep easier and enjoy a better night’s sleep? I used to read every night before I had kids and have really missed it. There must be two dozen books in my Amazon shopping cart that I need to get and start. It’s so nice to curl up with a good book, a cup of hot tea and use my shiatsu massager on my lower back and neck. I can literally feel the stress and tension leaving my body.

Have your tried the Zyllion shiatsu massager? What do you do to unwind at night? I would love to hear in the comments below!

*This post is sponsored by Zyllioninc. As always, all opinions are my own*

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Comments

  1. I like to read before bed, too. I read a mix of ebooks and physical books, but I’ve found that reading physical books helps me calm down more before bed, I guess because you don’t have the light from a screen glaring in your face.

  2. These tips are helpful reminders for all Moms. I like the idea of purchasing a massage machine. I know when my son was younger and I was carrying him around so much, I got a horrible stress knot near my neck that took a few trips to the chiropractor… a cheaper alternative would been nice!

  3. Chanel, these are excellent tips. I am definitely going to snag one of the portable massage devices – sounds heavenly!

  4. Great ideas! I do a it of these too. I especially love yoga and reading before bed. Although sometimes if it’s a good book I can’t put it down then stay up too late reading lol!

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