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How To | Jul 01, 2020

How to Decompress After Being on the Computer All Day

How ToJul 01, 2020

How to Decompress After Being on the Computer All Day

Working from home can be especially strenuous. Without a proper work setup, we can accumulate tension in our bodies more quickly than while at the office. We’re all trying to avoid nights of tossing and turning so it’s time to nix the physical discomfort. Here are a few quick and easy ways to ease up tension after a long day. 

Move Around

Going for a walk, stretching, or fitting a workout into your daily routine will help your body get readjusted from the ergonomic strain of being on your laptop for hours at a time. To lessen the tension by the end of the day, take breaks from being behind the screen to stand up or walk around. Plus, it’s been said that low-intensity workouts, like yoga, are a great unwinding technique for a good night’s rest.


Rest Your Eyes

Blue light from computer and phone screens can lead to headaches, hindered vision, and fatigue, among other things. When you’re done working for the day, try limiting your screen time and keeping the lighting at home dim wherever possible. To ensure both a night of deep sleep and relaxed eyes ready for a new day of work each morning, opt for an eye mask at bedtime. 


DIY Facial

You’re likely unaware of the facial expressions you make while reading whatever is on your screen. After a day online, you may hold a lot of tension between your brows, around your forehead, and in your neck. Treating yourself to a facial massage is a quick and effective way of releasing some tension– even if you didn’t know it was there.


A richly scented candle can help relax the mind and body. Scents can set the mood for a post-work evening and help establish the start of a new moment. Aromatherapy is also a great companion for other decompressing tricks like a home facial, a warm bath, or a nighttime yoga routine. 


Getting enough water throughout the day is especially important for lessening tight or cramping muscles. If getting enough water each day has been a challenge, there are simple ways to achieve your intake goal. Try setting an alarm on your phone for a water break. You can also flavor your water with lemon or berries. Lastly, you can eat your water in foods like celery, cucumber, or watermelon. Without proper hydration, the results of decompressing can be short-lived.

Cybele is a freelance writer covering all things culture and lifestyle. She’s also a content strategist in the tech startup space and mastering Media Studies at The New School. You can find this native New Yorker canoodling her two dogs, trying out a new recipe, or on IG @cybelina.

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