Behind the Curtain: How I Relax After a Long Day

December 18 2017, 6:13pm

We all have those days that just seem a little longer than normal.

Not the kind that's technically longer because of summer, the kind of day that would make many people want to crawl into bed after stuffing themselves with pad thai.

Maybe it's because a friend came into town and you were out later than normal or, perhaps, the light rail got stopped by a crossing car that coincidentally got a flat on the track. There's a litany of reasons, but we all know the feeling. Because I find enjoyment in focused work, I tend to relax a little differently.

pouring tea

For me, winding down after a long day typically consists of boiling up a nice pot of tea, putting on some driving EDM, and working on something.

Tea-wise, my taste is pretty plain with my tea pot mostly rotating through genmaicha, jasmine, oolong, barley, and matcha tea.

The type of music that I listen to varies somewhat but I tend to play tropical house, progressive house, future bass, and chillhop. The music I play largely depends on the work that I'm doing with higher cognitive tastes gravitating towards less lyrics.

tools for making

In terms of work, the type of activities also varies but I'm almost always doing something different than what I've done during the day. For instance, if I've been optimizing marketing campaigns or developing out landing pages during most of the day, I will typically want to relax with activities like cleaning the house, developing out a tabletop game, or designing a 3D model.

If you have a hard time relaxing and you're anything like me, this process might help. Regardless, don't forget to find the time to relax and appreciate the little things in life.

What do you do to relax after a long day?