Some days suck. When you have a lot on your mind, it can be difficult to concentrate, think clearly and see light at the end of the tunnel. Whether it’s an exam you’re fretting about, you’re having relationship problems or you’re struggling to make ends meet, follow these five ways to clear your head and you’ll soon be feeling back to your usual self.
Have a good soak
You can’t beat a good, old-fashioned soak. Stock up on your favourite bath bombs, light a candle or two, blast your favourite music and sit back and relax. Baths are known to improve circulation, lower your blood pressure and help you fall asleep, so there’s no excuse not to indulge in some me time when you get home after a stressful day.
Escape to another planet
One of the best ways to relax and unwind is to read a book. Whether you’re delving into a fantasy land far, far away or you’re learning more about your favourite celebrity in their autobiography, you can get a lot out of reading – and you can do it practically anywhere. If you’re struggling to decide what to read next, check out our five must-read books.
Put on your chef’s hat
Deciding what to eat at the end of a rubbish day can be tough – and you may be tempted to eat junk food to make you feel better. Instead, consider using your culinary skills and baking something delicious. Bustle has put together 23 things to bake when you’re bored – the list includes giant brownies, chocolate cakes and baked fruit. All delicious.
Do some exercise
When we exercise, dopamine is released in our brains, which makes us feel happier and relieves stress. Put on your running shoes and head for a jog around town, jump on your treadmill or walk the dog – moving will help to clear your head and make you feel great.
Chill with Netflix
There are so many great shows on Netflix at the moment, so choose your favourite and binge an entire season. There’s nothing better than obsessing over a new show and sharing its anecdotes with your friends, so ask your nearest and dearest what they’re watching and see if they have any suggestions. From comedy and drama to crime and horror, you’ll be sure to find a show that will keep you entertained – and stop your mind from wandering.
There you have it – five ways to clear your head after a truly rubbish day. What do you like to do to unwind? Let us know in the comments section below!