Breaking Free from Work Stress
For all the hard-working women who work, go to school and take care of families, this article is for you! I know for women, releasing stress is a major task. Many were not taught how to effectively manage day to day thoughts, feelings and emotions connected to the body.
If you pay close attention, the body’s cues can show you when you are getting stressed and from there you can learn how to adopt new lifestyle choices to adjust to a healthier, happier way of living. That’s exactly what I did!
“Taking a ‘mental break,’—whether in the form of a fun, post-work exercise class, or a 20-minute meditation in your living room—can help you drop all of the stress and negativity of the day, and as a result, help you feel more mentally relaxed so you can go to sleep more easily.” – Elite Daily
I remember during my beginning weeks at Fordham University, my schedule was packed and I was also working part-time after daily classes. It was an overload of knowledge and a whole new adjustment that I had to make. I decided to give yoga more of a dedicated effort. I always loved yoga, but I never fully committed to the practice, and now I considered that perhaps I should.
Yoga to the People is an amazing studio that takes donations and gives the best classes! They have different locations and offer teacher training for anyone wanting to teach yoga. Their mission is to make yoga available to everybody, a beautiful goal indeed.
Every class I went to felt like a sacred experience. The people, the movements, the music—it all created a sense of calm and unity. It was healing and restorative to the body and soul and allowed me to stop worrying about work and school, if only for an hour.
My favorite class is Power Vinyasa Flow, but they also have Traditional Hot Yoga and Hot Vinyasa for those wanting to try a deeper, more intense yoga experience. Check out 10 Yoga Studios in NYC and 15 Amazing Yoga Studios in New York City for a list of all the yoga goodness! And if you are in a different state, check out your local yoga studios, as they may be around your area too!
You don’t necessarily have to do a workout to break free from work stress. My friend Alicia is all about music and expression. When she is not working at her 9-5 job as a dental assistant, she plays her guitar and creates new melodies along the way. She says that music is her way to break free from the work cycle and restore the entire flow of her being.
Music creates a rhythm that eases and soothes the mind, body and soul. The harmonics generate healing energy, so this is a great way to unwind from a busy work day. There are so many instruments to play. Try them to see if which ones fit you. In addition to the guitar, there is the piano, the harp, the cello, the violin and more!
Experiment with music for a great way to creatively enhance your life on a day-to-day basis.
Another of my favorite things to do to release stress from a busy work day is to gather my friends together for a tea date. Drinking tea is a wonderful idea I got from my younger sister, who started checking out local tea shops around our community. Try the Pink Teacup or Live Light Herbs. Teas are soothing to the nervous system. I like Moringa and Green tea currently. There are so many antioxidants and nutritious properties in it too, what’s not to love!
“[Moringa is a] nutrient-dense & powerful superfood full of anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, & anti-oxidant properties. This Ayurvedic herb is used to protect the heart, nourish the skin, and improve cognitive function as well as energy levels!” – Live Light Herbs
There you have it! To release your stress from a long day’s work, start expressing yourself. Take up an instrument, go with a friend for tea or set aside some me-time to do a yoga class.
Take care of your well-being and stay centered! Which is your favorite way to release your tension after a long day?