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Last month, we asked how you like to relax after a long day of work. The majority chose watching television or listening to music, while others chose exercising or spending time with friends and family. If you’re looking for a few more ideas to incorporate into your after-work routine, here’s how you can unwind after a long day.

Read a Good Book

Sometimes it can be challenging to stop thinking about work once you leave the office, especially if you work from home. Reading a good book is not only a great way to shift your focus to something new, but it can also improve memory, increase attention span, and help to reduce stress levels.

Cook Dinner

Spending time in the kitchen after a long workday gives you the opportunity to take care of yourself, feel in control, and express creativity. Whether you’re making something simple or Michelin star-worthy, going through the process of measuring ingredients helps you to feel in charge, which can be nice if you’re dealing with upcoming deadlines or large workloads. Selecting unusual ingredients and trying something new can also allow you to express creativity. In the end, the hope is that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious meal.

Avoid Using Your Phone

While you may not be able to avoid using your phone all night, you should make an effort to stop using digital devices at least an hour before bed. Instead, opt for something like journaling, reading, meditating, or listening to music. By not looking at a screen, you can signal to your body that it’s time to rest, which can allow you to fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed.

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