Posted by Southwest Beverages on 10/14/2014
In this day and age, there’s no hiding the fact that American are working longer hours than any other people on earth. While the quality of work turned out by Americans is far superior to any where else in the world it is not without its consequences. Those consequences most likely being the pressure you've experienced from work that radiates to your family and friends after work. America, we need to relax after work and we need to work at how to relax after work. So relax - get a drink and come back and read here about some ways you can relax after a long day at work.
1. Drink something warm and soothing after dinner.
There’s just something about having a warm beverage in your belly that makes you feel comfortable and at home. I enjoy a mug of Sippity instant hot cocoa as an after dinner dessert. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enjoy that time between dinner and bedtime. You can choose from a variety of flavors depending on your mood.
2. Leave work at work.
You can’t relax if work is right in front of you, reminding you of all the tasks you need to complete. Work will always be there so don’t sacrifice the memories of your family to get the “report” done. Life is to short-spend quality time with your children and spouse.
3. Read a book.
Reading is an excellent way to keep our minds sharp, and it also calms us down. As we read, we focus our thoughts and push away all the noise and chatter in our brains from the day. It also gives you an opportunity to pursue your own passion after a long day of working for someone else, which is important for our mental health. I prefer to read books rather than magazines because they take you away from world events and enable you have something for you to sink into and really focus.
4. Play with your kids.
Sometimes after a day of trading emails, meetings, reviewing spreadsheets and reading reports, the best thing you can do for your mind and body is act like a kid. Collect your children and do something immature for a person your age-like build a pillow fort, play video games, or have a game of tag.
5. Tinker with your hobby.
Ask anybody who gardens, quilts or builds doll houses and they will all tell you the same thing. Hobbies relax them. Hobbies relax you and give you immediate self gratification. They take you away from the pressures of work and transcend you into your own world-a world with no boss, deadlines, pressure or people checking your work.
Working out, that love-hate relationship that makes you decide to go to the gym after work and “go at it” for 45 minutes, which makes you fell good afterwards OR go home with all the pressure built up inside you like a fine bottle of champagne whose cork is about to pop on New Year’s Eve. Work out. It relieves the pressure.
7. Listen to soothing music.
Music has the power to affect our moods. When we hear lively music, we increase our pace and often want to dance. For the same reason, slow and soothing music has the tendency to calm us down. I like to play some easy classical music in the evenings to create a sleepy mood.
8. Enjoy a glass of wine.
I’m not a big drinker, but a glass of wine after dinner is the perfect way to wind down before going to bed. It gives you just the right amount of tranquility so you can quiet your busy mind. I prefer a red wine because of the antioxidants that benefit your heart.
9. Take a relaxing bath.
A bath is a great way to soothe your muscles and calm your mind. It’s especially helpful if you work a physically demanding job and have achy bones. Add your favorite soap, oil or scent to elevate the experience.
So to summarize, when you leave work, leave work at work. Go to the gym-relieve the pressure. Come home kiss your spouse, hug your kids and pour yourself a nice warm mug of instant coffee or hot cocoa. Play with your kids before dinner, help them with their homework after dinner and then relax in your warm inviting bath, with a book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other-all to the sounds of soft pleasing music.
Relax, you’ll feel better.
Written by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Beverages®
Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America’s largest and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and The Water Club and River Cafe – two of New York’s finest fine dining restaurants. He has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance, Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Bob holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.
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