life burntout- how do you decompress after a long day?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

catpeaches:  I go for a run. It doesn’t cost a dime. I run through the park and every day I see something new- the changing color of the trees, the rhododendons displaying a second bloom, the squirrels hiding away nuts etc. I run by the ocean so there is also something to see there. It is totally calming and relaxing.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

catpeaches:  I’m not sure if this is your thing. But if I’m particularly stressed or emotionally drained, I’ll sit on my back deck, facing my forest of trees and meditate or just let myself daydream and focus my mind on nothing or something positive. It helps, even for 15 minutes. If you don’t have nature around, you can always even just meditate in your room and have a soundtrack playing in the background.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

catpeaches:  I am definitely feeling your pain today! My commute one way was an hour and 40 minutes long. the return commute, even after staying at the gym for an hour and a half, was an hour. I just feel so overwhelmed with stress, our wedding is coming up in less than 200 days and there is so much to still do. Sigh. I truly don’t know what to do with myself. I feel like my skin is the only thing keeping me from going everywhere at once..I wish I had some sound advice to help but know you’re not alone.  My FI doesn’t get off until midnight and I will knocked out by then. Seriously unhappy camper right now. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

catpeaches:  I go for a run! After that I light some candles and have a bubble bath! 🙂

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

catpeaches:   A long walk and/or decaf green tea.  Not to mention petting our dog!  

Post # 7
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Newbee

I can’t even imagine working out with that schedule. I do workout 3x week but my hours are a lot less than that, and even then I always feel way too tired to workout (I do it anyway).

I watch TV shows (like 1 episode a day) or if I’m too tired to even sit (it happens) I go to bed and read. I have to use my brain enough for my job that I gave up on reading “intellectual” books ages ago. Now I just read whatever makes me feel good and don’t feel ashamed about reading stuff that many would consider crap. If I have no time to find a new book to read, I just reread something I know I like. It totally works for me. You could read in the tub too!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

catpeaches:  Drink… 

 

Just kidding!! I usually go for a run/workout. It helps a whole lot. Then a hot shower afterwards, followed by some reading. Always seem to forget about the long day after that.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I actually feel this way too. I only have a 3 mile commute(!!) but even still I’m working from 7:30 – 6:30/7:00 ish. Then two nights a week I stay late to clean the office for extra cash, and that takes about 3 hours. I work all day on Saturday and about 4 hours on Sunday. I literally go to work and come home to sleep. I’m so exhausted. I barely eat, and basically never see my poor husband. I’m so drained and miss having a life, and a husband. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I love a long walk and bubble bath with a glass of wine. I have no source to cite, but I read that it’s scientifically proven that it’s easier to sleep/relax post orgasm. Hey, that’s definitely budget friendly!  😉

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I hear ya!

I have a bath every night. During my busy season I also make sure I’m reading something light. I find that if I’m working late (some days it’s from 8am – 10pm or even 1am!) I need to do something before bed otherwise I will dream about work. Reading helps me switch gears, and it’s good because you don’t have to commit to a certain length of time like you do with TV.

If DH is home, sometimes we just cuddle and talk. It really helps if I’m feeling overwhelmed.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

A cup of camomile or peppermint tea and either tv or reading. 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

A glass of wine and a bath with epsom salts.  I’ll set up Netflix on a laptop and watch it from the soaker tub 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee

catpeaches:  I have a glass of wine, a fun sized crunch bar, put on my comfy pjs, and watch an episode of Mad Men

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

catpeaches:   after a really long day I wash my face and sit on the the couch with a beer or a glass of wine and watch a new episode of my favorite show. It’s hard for me to do anything productive for at least an hour… or two. 

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