6 Ways To Unwind After Work

6 ways to unwind after work

Your boss is being a pain, you didn’t get to half the emails you wanted to and you are so not getting that promotion anytime soon. You have technically left the office at the end of the day but your mind hasn’t. And though you are exhausted you still have a lot of pent up energy you have to do something with. Here are a few tips on how to unwind after work.

Digitally disconnect

If you aren’t putting your job in jeopardy, then try to really leave work at the office and that means not checking your email. Even if it is just for a few hours, try to do a solid disconnect.


Whether it is running, spinning or yoga, exercise of some sort is a great way to unwind. Yoga in particular will help you focus more in general. It can make you mindful about creating time for other passions you want to pursue outside of work.

Have a drink

There is a reason there are daily happy hour specials at basically every bar in the world. A great way to unwind is to kick back with some friends and a cold brew or glass of wine. And having a drink on your couch at home also works.

Use your commute well

Your commute doesn’t have to be a terrible thing. If you have a commute buddy, have a conversation that has nothing to do with work. Read a book. Listen to music. Just zone out (but try not to miss your stop)!

Draw a bath

It’s true. Television characters aren’t the only people who do this! But a calm, soothing bath is the perfect way to unwind after a long, stressful day. Now, go buy some essential oils and get your bubble bath on!

Put on different clothes

It’s true. Putting on sweatpants actually helps you unwind. We spend all day buttoned up and pencil skirted in and don’t even get me started on pantyhose.

Meredith Lepore

Meredith is the former editor in chief of the women's career site, The Grindstone. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire @ Work, The Jane Dough, DailyWorth, SheKnows.com, Business Insider and Learnvest. She earned her Masters in Magazine, Newspaper and Online journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time and enjoys reading, jogging, SoulCycle and playing with her small dog, Otis.