Ways to Destress After a Long Shift

You just finished a long, arduous shift. You’re tired, beat down, and maybe even a little on the edge. The last thing you want is to bring the stress of the job home to your family. So what are you to do? Here are 3 ways to destress on your way home:


#1 – Take Advantage of the Drive Home

The drive home is a perfect time to destress before you walk through the door. Use this time to listen to something enjoyable. It might be your favorite artist, podcast, or an audiobook. I use my commute time, both to and from work, as I way to get through a few of my favorite podcasts. Among my favorites are The Tim Ferriss Show, The Joe Rogan Experience, and Order of Man.


#2 – Take a Class

Trying to find the energy to get through a workout after a long day/night can be tough. Nothing says you have to make it something super strenuous though. Taking a yoga class is a great way to relieve some of the stress and improve your flexibility at the same time. If being away from your family any longer the necessary is a concern, you could also subscribe to an online class. My go-to is ROMwod. They put out a new stretching video every day and offer both full and condensed versions of each stretching routine. You can stream it on pretty much any device, making it practical for at home or on the go.


#3 – Reward Yourself

Nothing says you have to be all work and no play. You got through a tough day/week, so reward yourself for it. Make reservations at a new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try or place that order on Amazon for that thing you’ve been wanting. Save the bigger rewards for milestones and getting through especially tough situations. Otherwise you’ll decrease the meaning and value of the reward system. You don’t have to spend money on a reward either. It can be something as simple as spending some time watching a new show or movie that has been in the back of your mind.

Jon Griffith specializes in optimizing performance for firefighters, police, EMS, and military personnel. He is a personal trainer, strength & conditioning specialist, full-time firefighter, and former U.S. Army infantryman. Join the movement to ensure all emergency responders are physically and mentally prepared to face the challenges in their day brings by following Max Fortitude Fitness on Facebook.