I work long hours in what can sometimes be a crazy stressful job. Every day is different when it comes to TV news. I love my job, but some days are harder than others. Mass shootings, kids murdered, a family killed by a drunk driver… my job can be downright depressing sometimes!
However, the anxiety and adrenaline of a day filled with breaking news is NOT something I want to take home with me. My time with my husband and kids are precious. When I walk in that door I want to be happy, present and peaceful. So I have a few tips and tricks that help me decompress quickly after a long day at work… maybe they could help you as well!
Here are 5 ways to decompress after a tough day:
1. Call a Friend: This is my go-to. Nothing cheers me up more than speaking to my best friends. I pop in my ear buds and start dialing. My friends expect this call, answering with something like, “Driving home from work?” or “You know this is when most people are eating dinner, right?” Ha! But they always chat with me and it always brightens my mood. I love my friends so much and I feel very lucky to have them in my life. Instant happiness.
2. Put on a Favorite Play List: Music has an amazing ability to brighten your mood immediately. My favorite Pandora stations are Riptide Radio, The Killers Radio and Britney Spears Radio. (shut up, you know you lover her) I just plug my phone into my car radio and after a few minutes I feel immediately better.
3. Take Deep Breaths: At red lights, I try to take deep breaths. Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for a second or two, then breathe out through your mouth. Instantly you will feel your body relax and your anxiety level go down.
4. Listen to a Podcast or Audio Book: Listening to audio books or podcasts helps me take my mind off my work day and focuses my thoughts on something else. Podcasts are so much fun to listen to and can be really motivating.
5. Drive in Silence: Sometimes I like to just drive home in complete silence. I can enjoy the quiet and think about all the things I have to be thankful for. I will think about my kids, my husband, that I am thankful to have a job to help support my family… stuff like that. I make an effort to think about ONLY positive things going on in my life, while actively pushing out any negative thoughts. It helps put me in a better mood immediately.
I have a 30 minute drive home.. so when I am in a foul mood.. I need to turn it around quickly. These methods work well for me, hopefully they can help you out the next time you need to shake that stress!