This post was most recently updated on September 18th, 2023
[AD: All thoughts are my own. Originally published in June 2021, it has been updated for comprehensiveness.]
After a grueling day at work or a hectic day managing household chores, we all yearn for that moment of solace and rejuvenation. The modern world’s fast pace can be overwhelming, leaving us drained and seeking ways to self-care after a long day.
There are numerous ways to take care of yourself mentally and physically, and it’s important to find what works best for you. All you want to do is have a nice warm bath or, for me, have a good night’s sleep.
Practice self-care after a long day
In this post, I will explain my routine for self-care after a long day of working (whether from home or the office), including taking a soothing bath, nurturing your skin, engaging in creative activities, and more!
Take a Long, Relaxing Bath
There’s something incredibly soothing about a warm bath. It’s a time-tested method to relax your muscles and de-stress your mind. Start by running a bath with your favorite essential oils or bath salts. The aromatic scents can have a remarkable calming effect.
As you soak in the warm water, let your worries float away. You can even enhance the experience by dimming the lights, playing soft music, and lighting a few scented candles. It’s a mini-spa experience right in the comfort of your home.
Consider engaging in creative activities like painting. Painting is not only a fun and creative outlet but also offers several benefits for your mental health, including therapeutic and self-esteem-boosting effects. It’s an excellent way to relax and have quality “me” time.
If you enjoy art but need guidance, you can even try a paint-and-sip workshop, such as the ones offered by Merriment Atelier (Paint Party Social Club London). These workshops provide a relaxing environment where you can paint while enjoying a glass of wine, making it a perfect self-care activity after a long day.
Get enough sleep
Perhaps the most crucial step in self-care after a long day is ensuring you get enough sleep. Quality sleep is essential for your physical and mental well-being. If you have trouble sleeping, consider listening to soothing music or practicing meditation to relax your mind and prepare your body for rest.
Relax and be present
Engage in activities that help you relax and be present in the moment. Whether it’s taking a leisurely walk outside or watching your favorite TV show, focus on your surroundings and how your body feels, leaving behind the stresses of the workday. Remember to log out from your work accounts to create a clear boundary between work and relaxation.
Take care of your skin
Invest time in a skincare routine to rejuvenate your skin. Exfoliating and applying a cooling face mask can provide relief, while establishing a consistent skincare routine can leave you feeling more put together. Taking care of your skin can be a soothing and enjoyable self-care practice, especially before bedtime.
Self-care isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. It’s crucial to take time for ourselves, especially after long and exhausting days. So remember to prioritize self-care. These five simple ways are just the beginning. Explore what works best for you and make it a regular part of your routine. After all, taking care of yourself is the first step toward a healthier, happier you.
Which self-care activities resonate with you the most after a long day? Do you have other recommendations or tips for self-care? Feel free to share your thoughts below; I’d love to hear from you!