Ever have those long, tiring days or week that leaves you so tense and irritated that you snap at everyone and everything? It happens to the best of us. We are generally nice to everyone on most days, so why shouldn’t we be allowed to have those bad days? I mean, after all, we are only human, right?


Okay, here comes the “but”: Buttttt being in a bad mood too often is not only self-sabotaging, it can gradually change the way others perceive us– for the worse of course. Being in a bad mood too often can snowball, causing us to become repulsive to the people around us, especially to our loved ones. Even though by all means we should vent and blow off some steam whenever we feel the need to, for the sake of our cherished relationships, it is best to avoid it whenever we can.  When we are in a bad mood, we might be oblivious to what we say and do to others, but trust me, when it comes to your loved ones, every little thing is seen, heard … and felt. You might be repeatedly hurting someone you love without even knowing it.

We need to recognise when we are in a bad mood and be aware of when we might be offloading our tension on the people around us. We should find ways to relieve any such built-up tension so we can revert to a relaxed state of mind. For some, like me, a simple hot shower will do, while for others, a refreshing drink with friends might hit the spot. Whatever it is, find what works for you so you can approach your loved ones with the care and affection they deserve.

Here are some simple ways to relieve tension after a long day:

  • Spend a few minutes in solitude before interacting with anyone.
  • Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and exhale slowly (repeat this 3 times).
  • Take a hot shower or soak in a warm bath.
  • Turn off your phone.
  • Escape with a TV Show or a great book.
  • Dim the lights and light a scented candle.
  • Enjoy a hot cup of tea.
  • Sip on a glass of wine.
  • Listen to some soothing music.
  • Go for a walk outdoor.
  • Play with a pet.
  • Call a friend and have a good laugh.
  • Enjoy a nice warm meal or your favourite snack.
  • Enjoy a massage from your significant other.

How do you relieve tension after a long day or week? Comment below and share.


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