How I Relax After A Particularly Long Day

Lately, I've been having more than my fair share of long days, and to be honest, I'm so tired of it. There was the move, and then the return to work after a two-week break, and there's the issue of having a stubborn and overconfident co-work that think they know how to cook anything and everything. It is a very frustrating feeling to have had the person work there for over four months and show very little improvement in all areas of business, and blaming everyone else for their mistakes. It's very frustrating when everyone else is delayed in finishing on time because we have to correct their mistakes.

Last Thursday was a bit explosive because the rest of the staff had a short meeting on how to improve things. When told about the fact that we were making a visual guide for her, she started arguing and then complaining that no one else ever gets told what or how to do anything. I had to bite my tongue when she made a complaint as to how I was there as long as her, yet never got told off. Uh, maybe because I'm qualified AND experienced? I didn't have to say anything because the manager said what I was thinking in a much nicer way.

Luckily, when I get home, I have a few things that help me relax and unwind before I go to bed. Aside from my usual ministrations of sinking my teeth into some comforting carb-loaded food such as pasta or mi goreng, I also like to do the following...

Hot Beverages
A cup of tea is always much appreciated after a long day. I find tea to be rather therapeutic, and there's something comforting about a hot, sweet fluid running through your body as it warms you from inside out. I personally love drinking it from my Bed Bath 'n' Table tea cup, because it's a little bigger than a conventional tea cup and so it contains more tea for me to enjoy. I don't like hot chocolate, and coffee is a rare occurrence for me as I'm not a big fan of it.

Hot Showers
I love hot showers, and that's no secret. I keep the fan off while the shower is running so that the bathroom gets all steamy and warm. I like to have my pyjamas on standby, as well as clean fluffy towels for when I get out of the shower. While in the shower, most of my time is spent simply standing in the water as the stresses of the day melt away one by one. Sometimes I think about the stuff that bothered me that day, but as soon as I turn the knob to close the water, these thoughts are flushed down the drain and I start afresh.

I've never gone out for a massage if anyone can believe that? I've never really had the funds for them, and personally, I like to spend my money on other things such as new highlighters. However, whenever I've had a very long day, I like to ease the tension in my face by rubbing circles firmly into my forehead and temples. I can feel the tension melting away, and it just makes me feel lighter. It's even better when I do this after a long, hot shower. I also massage my scalp and run my nails through my hair.

Foot Rubs
Sean can tell when I've had an awful day, and he does what he can to make me feel better. So, aside from making me my tea in my favourite cup, he'll also rub my feet for me, knowing that they're killing me after standing all day in the kitchen at work. He's some kind of miracle worker because as soon as he puts his hands on my feet, the pain starts disappearing and they don't hurt as much anymore.

Couch Potatoing
I like snuggling on the couch, either with my laptop on my lap or up to Sean while catching up on our shows. I wish I could blog after a long day, but my motivation is usually drained at the end of the day. If possible, I like to catch up on series that don't require too much focus, such as Riverdale, Agents of Shield or even The Big Bang Theory. I rarely ever binge-watch a new series because I can't be bothered looking for something new to watch, let alone spend an entire day watching TV.

Organising My Makeup
I know this probably comes across as really weird to some people, but I do like putting things in order after a long day. I like compartmentalising things, and doing my makeup is small enough of an activity to not drain the last of my energy. It's therapeutic putting everything back in the right order in the drawer compartments. As if I'm putting the pieces of my brain back together until everything makes sense.

Now, most times, when I've had a long day, I'm either extremely irritable or too sleepy to even bother participating in socialisation. I'm said to be scary when the wrong buttons are pushed and my patience runs thin. When I'm trying to read and I keep getting interrupted by Sean or my family, I get really catty. Solitude is important for me in general, but I definitely need it on those days when I am so done with everything. Especially if I don't want to upset everyone that I hold most dear.

Many people have different ways of ending a long day that helps them to recuperate. Some take baths, some chow down through a block of chocolate, and some even take naps. I don't fancy naps, it makes my day feel even longer because it feels like I've experienced two days in one and it makes me too confused for my liking. I don't take baths either because if I do, I like my water blisteringly hot and I don't want to refill the water every five minutes just to heat it up. It's wasteful.

I've taken on the Friday shift for the next two weeks as my manager is going overseas, so I just know I'm looking forward to more long days. There's also the matter of having to help prepare mum's house for my nephew's first birthday party, and that includes baking and decorating his cake. Here's to being hella busy the next two weeks!

How do you relax and unwind after a very long day?



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