Top ways to help you relax and unwind + #Giveaway

It is amazing how stressed out everyone is these days. Between dealing with bills, and work, and parenting, and everyone being over extended, it is no wonder so many people feel stressed. Because we are all going at 100mph, it is important that each day, we find time to do something, anything, that lets you unwind. Besides being good for your mental health, it is also good for your physical health. If you are looking for ways to relax, here are some of my favorite ideas.

Ways to Relax and Unwind


Reading is a great way to relax.  It can help you go to a place that is far away from your problems. Or you can read about something you enjoy like bird watching or traveling. If you have an Amazon account, you can read Kindle Books for free or at a discounted price.

Listen to Podcasts

There are so many podcasts about just about everything. You can listen to people talk about almost any subject. From parenting to crafts, to anything you can imagine.


Whether you are drawing with pencils, do watercolour drawing or trying to paint with oils, drawing is a great way to relax. Don’t worry if you think you are not good enough. It can be something that is just for you and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.


Like when you were younger and kept a diary, journalling is good for getting out everything in your head. It doesn’t have to be deep and meaningful, and it doesn’t have to be personal. Just write about your day, if there is something you wish you could talk to someone about or how you are feeling. If you don’t enjoy writing, doodle. It is just a way to get everything out.


There are so many adult coloring books now that let you color detailed pictures, or get a kids coloring book that lets you color simple pictures that do not take long.

Take up a Hobby

Hobbies are great to relax. Learn how to knit or sew. Play with clay. Learn to build something. Plant something and create a garden.


Even if you think that you don’t enjoy exercise, it might be because you haven’t found something you like. Try different classes. Go for a walk. try training for a 5K. Learn a sport. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you enjoy it and it lets you unwind.

For your mental health and your physical health, it is important to unwind. Use these ideas to find something to help you unwind.

Win a Derwent Watercolour Bundle

To help you relax and unwind, we have a Derwent Watercolour Bundle to giveaway to one lucky reader.

Prize: Derwent Watercolour Bundle

To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below, all entries are optional and each one completed will gain you more entries into the random draw.

Derwent Watercolour Bundle (AFFT)

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  1. Georgina Prince
    1st March 2019 / 11:22 AM

    I unwind with a book on the sofa or a good true crime podcast x

  2. Tracy Nixon
    1st March 2019 / 11:51 AM

    I unwind with a glass of rose wine x

  3. T Brailey
    1st March 2019 / 12:40 PM

    Bed, soaps and chocolates. I love the evening.

  4. iain maciver
    1st March 2019 / 1:47 PM

    unwind with a glass of rose wine

  5. Margaret Clarkson
    1st March 2019 / 2:36 PM

    I like a deep warm bath.

  6. Nikki
    1st March 2019 / 3:08 PM

    so many ways!
    good book
    good film
    good friends
    moonlight and starshine

  7. Margaret Norvell
    1st March 2019 / 3:36 PM

    A wood fire and a good book

  8. 1st March 2019 / 3:59 PM

    I like to paint I like watercolours and oils it’s very relaxing and therapeutic . Thanks for the chance to win this lovely set

  9. Sue McCarthy
    1st March 2019 / 4:03 PM

    A hot bath then a glass of wine

  10. Emma Larkin
    1st March 2019 / 4:36 PM

    Sitting down with a good book, my cat and a nice cup of coffee helps me relax.

  11. pete c
    1st March 2019 / 5:22 PM

    sit down with a cup of tea and read for maybe half an hour with the radio on very quietly

  12. anne b
    1st March 2019 / 6:27 PM

    Snuggles with my dog.

  13. Monika H
    1st March 2019 / 7:03 PM

    I absolutely love watercolours, I paint each week to reduce my anxiety levels. I would love to win this amazing prize:) Thank you for a chance

    1st March 2019 / 7:38 PM

    I unwind by drawing and then have a nice hot bubble bath.

  15. Jayne Townson
    1st March 2019 / 7:53 PM

    I like to meditate at the end of a busy day, as it really helps me to relax.

  16. Carrie H
    1st March 2019 / 7:59 PM

    Hot shower and a good book or involving TV drama for me.

  17. Angela treadway
    1st March 2019 / 8:25 PM

    glass of wine and some music x

  18. John Prendergast
    1st March 2019 / 9:28 PM

    play video games

  19. Solange
    1st March 2019 / 10:27 PM

    A hot bubble bath and a glass of wine.

  20. Natalie Burgess
    1st March 2019 / 10:42 PM

    A book and my four cats xx

  21. Fiona jk42
    1st March 2019 / 11:52 PM

    TV, white wine spritzer and cats.

  22. Jackie Howell
    2nd March 2019 / 6:23 AM

    long hot bath

  23. Sally Collingwood
    2nd March 2019 / 10:03 AM

    Shut my eyes for 15 minutes in complete silence!

  24. Laura Barrett
    2nd March 2019 / 10:20 AM

    I unwind with a magazine and a cup of tea.

  25. Emma Nixon
    2nd March 2019 / 11:21 AM

    Feet up, cup of tea and a colouring book. Fav tv programme on in the background.

  26. Rich Tyler
    2nd March 2019 / 11:32 AM

    Wine, bath, music

  27. Laura Jeffs
    2nd March 2019 / 2:16 PM

    Normally a chilled glass of white wine and a good book is my favourite way of relaxing

  28. Susan Chafer
    2nd March 2019 / 2:35 PM

    A cup of tea and a book

  29. Amy Bondoc
    2nd March 2019 / 3:13 PM

    ill take the dog for a long walk then home, cuddle with the guinea pigs them bath and a read 🙂

  30. ML91
    2nd March 2019 / 3:25 PM

    Since I started my new course I have really enjoyed drawing and painting. It really helps me to process.

  31. Katie Skeoch
    2nd March 2019 / 4:15 PM

    I sleep, an early night is often needed!

  32. Rebecca Nisbet
    2nd March 2019 / 10:56 PM

    Once the husband is home, then we have a cuddle on the sofa and just chat, cant go wrong with a cuddle!

  33. Keith embleton
    3rd March 2019 / 9:55 AM

    A long coastal path walk

  34. justine meyer
    3rd March 2019 / 1:45 PM

    I grab a book and go to bed x

  35. Isabell Whitenstall
    3rd March 2019 / 8:40 PM

    I go for an evening stroll with my husband

  36. Margaret Dixon
    4th March 2019 / 7:47 PM

    I’ve never tried watercolours

  37. Nikki Stewart
    5th March 2019 / 2:26 PM

    An hour in the hottub!

  38. Gary Topley
    5th March 2019 / 6:11 PM

    By entering competitions of course, thankyou for the competition x

  39. Ema J Lowe
    5th March 2019 / 6:41 PM

    shutting the living room door once the children have gone to bed and having a cuppa while catching up with some tv

  40. Laura Corrall
    5th March 2019 / 7:52 PM

    I enjoy relaxing with a nice glass of wine and listening to the radio

  41. Isabel O
    5th March 2019 / 8:05 PM

    I pick a new book to read or pick up where I left off with my latest one under a very snuggly blanket and cuddle up with my cat.

  42. Ruth Harwood
    6th March 2019 / 9:46 AM

    A hot decaf coffee and a good book always make me feel better if I’ve had a hard day!

  43. Jo
    6th March 2019 / 12:44 PM

    When kids are in bed I either have a glass of Baileys (- or a cheaper alternative) or a cup of coffee, find a good film to watch and lie out on the settee.

  44. judy kennedy
    6th March 2019 / 2:09 PM

    Listen to mary j Blige and and eat chocolate

  45. Helen W
    6th March 2019 / 2:42 PM

    i watch a bit of tv then have a Horlicks and read a good Murder mystery or Thriller

  46. Helen W
    6th March 2019 / 2:43 PM

    i watch a bit of tv then have a Horlicks and read a good Murder mystery or Thriller which always get me relaxed the more mystery the better

  47. sarah parker
    7th March 2019 / 8:33 AM

    with a book and glass of wine

  48. Claire Carter
    7th March 2019 / 4:50 PM

    Nice cup of hot tea and some knitting

  49. 7th March 2019 / 8:38 PM

    I like to have a long soak in the bath x

  50. Jo m welsh
    9th March 2019 / 12:42 PM

    I have a read of a book or I do some crocheting

  51. Sophie Roberts
    10th March 2019 / 12:10 PM

    I nice long bath with the music playing and candles lit

  52. Nicki Simpson
    10th March 2019 / 8:27 PM

    Cup of tea a chocolate biscuit and a bath! I wish i was one of these people who relaxed by cleaning tho!

  53. Lisa Everaert
    10th March 2019 / 10:14 PM

    I kick off my shoes, grab a book and enjoy a nice glass of wine.

  54. Alexandra Johnson
    11th March 2019 / 3:07 PM

    i unwind with a video game, usual an RPG like skyrim

  55. soozybee
    11th March 2019 / 3:32 PM

    Bath with a Lush bathbomb

  56. Lorna Ledger
    11th March 2019 / 7:14 PM

    It goes a little something like this, the evening to myself, the house is fairly clean, clean bedding, a pamper shower (a shower where I shave myself and exfoliate!), moisturize, clean PJ’s, a takeaway, diet cola, movie of my choice! WOW !

  57. Samantha B
    12th March 2019 / 9:02 AM

    By having a cuddle with my cats x

  58. Katie B
    12th March 2019 / 10:45 AM

    I unwind with a bath and a book!

  59. Marc H
    12th March 2019 / 7:16 PM

    I like to play video games in my underpants.

  60. Emma H
    12th March 2019 / 8:04 PM

    I like to relax by doing mindfulness colouring or crochet.

  61. Ursula Hunt
    13th March 2019 / 11:32 AM

    I unwind by knitting and watching the soaps

  62. Ursula Hunt
    13th March 2019 / 11:35 AM

    I unwind by knitting and watching the soaps or reading a good book

  63. Steven Beasley
    14th March 2019 / 5:50 PM

    I unwind with a nice hot bath, a hot totty then read a book in bed

  64. Caroline
    16th March 2019 / 8:38 AM

    I like to lie in the bath and listen to some music to unwind

  65. Elizabeth Smith
    16th March 2019 / 9:34 PM

    I walk the dogs then settle down with a good book

  66. Carolyn E
    19th March 2019 / 9:01 AM

    I like to have a walk outside – around the garden or much longer with a dog. It’s always calming and joyful.

  67. Clare B
    19th March 2019 / 2:56 PM

    A soak in the bath with a good book and wine

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