Top ways to help you relax and unwind

1st March 2019

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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

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.

Drawing

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.

Journalling

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.

Colour

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.

Exercise

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.

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  • Georgina Prince 1st March 2019 at 11:22 AM

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

  • Tracy Nixon 1st March 2019 at 11:51 AM

    I unwind with a glass of rose wine x

  • T Brailey 1st March 2019 at 12:40 PM

    Bed, soaps and chocolates. I love the evening.

  • iain maciver 1st March 2019 at 1:47 PM

    unwind with a glass of rose wine

  • Margaret Clarkson 1st March 2019 at 2:36 PM

    I like a deep warm bath.

  • Nikki 1st March 2019 at 3:08 PM

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

  • Margaret Norvell 1st March 2019 at 3:36 PM

    A wood fire and a good book

  • Sandra Fortune 1st March 2019 at 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

  • Sue McCarthy 1st March 2019 at 4:03 PM

    A hot bath then a glass of wine

  • Emma Larkin 1st March 2019 at 4:36 PM

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

  • pete c 1st March 2019 at 5:22 PM

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

  • anne b 1st March 2019 at 6:27 PM

    Snuggles with my dog.

  • Monika H 1st March 2019 at 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

  • ADEINNE TONNER 1st March 2019 at 7:38 PM

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

  • Jayne Townson 1st March 2019 at 7:53 PM

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

  • Carrie H 1st March 2019 at 7:59 PM

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

  • Angela treadway 1st March 2019 at 8:25 PM

    glass of wine and some music x

  • John Prendergast 1st March 2019 at 9:28 PM

    play video games

  • Solange 1st March 2019 at 10:27 PM

    A hot bubble bath and a glass of wine.

  • Natalie Burgess 1st March 2019 at 10:42 PM

    A book and my four cats xx

  • Fiona jk42 1st March 2019 at 11:52 PM

    TV, white wine spritzer and cats.

  • Jackie Howell 2nd March 2019 at 6:23 AM

    long hot bath

  • Sally Collingwood 2nd March 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Shut my eyes for 15 minutes in complete silence!

  • Laura Barrett 2nd March 2019 at 10:20 AM

    I unwind with a magazine and a cup of tea.

  • Emma Nixon 2nd March 2019 at 11:21 AM

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

  • Rich Tyler 2nd March 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Wine, bath, music

  • Laura Jeffs 2nd March 2019 at 2:16 PM

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

  • Susan Chafer 2nd March 2019 at 2:35 PM

    A cup of tea and a book

  • Amy Bondoc 2nd March 2019 at 3:13 PM

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

  • ML91 2nd March 2019 at 3:25 PM

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

  • Katie Skeoch 2nd March 2019 at 4:15 PM

    I sleep, an early night is often needed!

  • Rebecca Nisbet 2nd March 2019 at 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!

  • Keith embleton 3rd March 2019 at 9:55 AM

    A long coastal path walk

  • justine meyer 3rd March 2019 at 1:45 PM

    I grab a book and go to bed x

  • Isabell Whitenstall 3rd March 2019 at 8:40 PM

    I go for an evening stroll with my husband

  • Margaret Dixon 4th March 2019 at 7:47 PM

    I’ve never tried watercolours

  • Nikki Stewart 5th March 2019 at 2:26 PM

    An hour in the hottub!

  • Gary Topley 5th March 2019 at 6:11 PM

    By entering competitions of course, thankyou for the competition x

  • Ema J Lowe 5th March 2019 at 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

  • Laura Corrall 5th March 2019 at 7:52 PM

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

  • Isabel O 5th March 2019 at 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.

  • Ruth Harwood 6th March 2019 at 9:46 AM

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

  • Jo 6th March 2019 at 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.

  • judy kennedy 6th March 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Listen to mary j Blige and and eat chocolate

  • Helen W 6th March 2019 at 2:42 PM

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

  • Helen W 6th March 2019 at 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

  • Sarah - Craft Invaders 6th March 2019 at 4:39 PM

    I unwind by walking my dog. Nature always relaxes me πŸ™‚

  • sarah parker 7th March 2019 at 8:33 AM

    with a book and glass of wine

  • Claire Carter 7th March 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Nice cup of hot tea and some knitting

  • Kim Carberry 7th March 2019 at 8:38 PM

    I like to have a long soak in the bath x

  • Jo m welsh 9th March 2019 at 12:42 PM

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

  • Sophie Roberts 10th March 2019 at 12:10 PM

    I nice long bath with the music playing and candles lit

  • Nicki Simpson 10th March 2019 at 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!

  • Lisa Everaert 10th March 2019 at 10:14 PM

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

  • Alexandra Johnson 11th March 2019 at 3:07 PM

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

  • soozybee 11th March 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Bath with a Lush bathbomb

  • Lorna Ledger 11th March 2019 at 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 !

  • Samantha B 12th March 2019 at 9:02 AM

    By having a cuddle with my cats x

  • Katie B 12th March 2019 at 10:45 AM

    I unwind with a bath and a book!

  • Laura Avery 12th March 2019 at 4:43 PM

    A good book in bed with a cup of tea normally

  • Julia Linsley 12th March 2019 at 6:35 PM

    I love to draw and colour

  • Marc H 12th March 2019 at 7:16 PM

    I like to play video games in my underpants.

  • Emma H 12th March 2019 at 8:04 PM

    I like to relax by doing mindfulness colouring or crochet.

  • Ursula Hunt 13th March 2019 at 11:32 AM

    I unwind by knitting and watching the soaps

  • Ursula Hunt 13th March 2019 at 11:35 AM

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

  • Steven Beasley 14th March 2019 at 5:50 PM

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

  • Caroline 16th March 2019 at 8:38 AM

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

  • Janine Phillips 16th March 2019 at 2:05 PM

    A glass of red wine and a good book x

  • Martin Fahy 16th March 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Taking the dog for a walk

  • Elizabeth Smith 16th March 2019 at 9:34 PM

    I walk the dogs then settle down with a good book

  • Kelly Morgan 17th March 2019 at 5:47 AM

    A nice cup of tea while watching neighbours

  • Carolyn E 19th March 2019 at 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.

  • Clare B 19th March 2019 at 2:56 PM

    A soak in the bath with a good book and wine

  • Claire Nutman 19th March 2019 at 7:46 PM

    A long hot soak………

  • kris mc 20th March 2019 at 2:57 PM

    A long hot bath with a book

  • Rachel Butterworth 22nd March 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Bubble bath and a good book in front of the fire.

  • A S,Edinburgh 22nd March 2019 at 10:29 PM

    I mainly unwind by listening to music. I’d like to add more creative activities to my relaxation time, though.

  • Carole Nott 23rd March 2019 at 9:36 PM

    I like to read a couple of chapters in my latest reading book

  • Richard R 24th March 2019 at 1:17 AM

    I relax and watch tv or read a book

  • Alison Johnson 24th March 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Either reading or cross-stitch.

  • Susan Smith 25th March 2019 at 4:56 PM

    I unwind by laying on the couch with a nice cup of tea, flicking through all my crafting mags

  • JULIE WARD 25th March 2019 at 7:35 PM

    A lovely stress free soak in the bath, then enter a few comps after

  • Natasha R-M 26th March 2019 at 8:39 AM

    Watching an old comedy on television and later to help me drift off to sleep, I read a crime fiction novel.

  • Jessica Powell 26th March 2019 at 6:59 PM

    Usually reading or playing some mini games on my phone. πŸ™‚

  • Tina H 28th March 2019 at 10:01 AM

    I like to take my time cooking, do some yoga or paint to wind down after work.

  • Naomi Smith 28th March 2019 at 7:50 PM

    Find a good documentary to watch on Netflix πŸ™‚

  • Gemma Clark 28th March 2019 at 9:42 PM

    I love to get lost in a book once the kids are asleep

  • Louise A 29th March 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Playing with my dogs

  • PhilA 29th March 2019 at 4:34 PM

    Feet up with a glass of wine

  • Sylvia Paul 29th March 2019 at 5:28 PM

    I like to have a soak in the bath with a good book x

  • Gerri Tennant 29th March 2019 at 6:25 PM

    An hour of crafting helps me relax. Drawing, colouring , painting or sewing all help.

  • WILLIAM MCMILLAN 29th March 2019 at 7:56 PM

    Walks with my dog

  • Susan Willshee 29th March 2019 at 8:13 PM

    I unwind by entering competitions on my computer. It takes my mind off everything else

  • donna l jones 29th March 2019 at 9:16 PM

    walking the dog

  • Mark Whittaker 30th March 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Always a dog walk , which usually blows away any cobwebs. Depending on what time I’m home I also make silver clay jewellery, which I find creative and absorbing .

  • janine atkin 30th March 2019 at 1:31 PM

    i like to read in the bath

  • Stephen Little 30th March 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Listen to music.

  • Susan Bebbington 30th March 2019 at 3:09 PM

    A good book and a glass of wine

  • Sheri Darby 30th March 2019 at 3:29 PM

    I unwind by cooking a delicious meal

  • Rebecca Whatmore 30th March 2019 at 3:58 PM

    I spend time with my pets!

  • Kim Neville 30th March 2019 at 4:39 PM

    A nice hot steamy bath and then get cosy on the sofa and watch a good programme or film

  • jo liddement 30th March 2019 at 5:39 PM

    I like to read and also make my own greetings cards

  • Katerina Economides 30th March 2019 at 5:41 PM

    I started doing yoga at home a few months ago. Its been a big help. Then lots of chocolate of course.

  • Antonia Richardson 30th March 2019 at 5:43 PM

    feet up watching tv

  • Lynn Neal 30th March 2019 at 10:18 PM

    A long soak in a lavender bubble bath!

  • Su Brett 31st March 2019 at 2:53 AM

    I likke to sit and watch the birds at the bird feeder in the garden

  • Eileen Tingle 31st March 2019 at 7:43 AM

    Sit down and watch the telly

  • Helen Arlow 31st March 2019 at 8:36 AM

    I love to curl up with a good book x

  • Tracy B 31st March 2019 at 9:48 AM

    With a nice cup of tea and catch up on corrie

  • Carol Boffey 31st March 2019 at 10:42 AM

    feet up watching films

  • Jane Willis 31st March 2019 at 10:46 AM

    a good book and a glass of wine

  • Jen Boucher 31st March 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Mug (Jug) of coffee and crafting

  • Nicola Marshall 31st March 2019 at 11:36 AM

    A nice hot brew, bubble bath and get comfortable to watch the soaps.

  • Victoria Easton 31st March 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Bubble bath with a magazine

  • Hayley F 31st March 2019 at 12:15 PM

    A lovely bath and a hot chocolate x

  • Hazel Rea 31st March 2019 at 2:18 PM

    I listen to classical music – or if it is early enough I go for a walk in the park, or even just sit in the garden for a while. Nature is very calming.

  • Jo Hutchings 31st March 2019 at 3:15 PM

    I love colouring in or reading with a nice scented candle in the background.

  • Susan B 31st March 2019 at 4:58 PM

    A long, hot bubble bath does it for me. Lovely!

  • Lucy fallon 31st March 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Watch tv

  • Nancy Bradford 31st March 2019 at 8:25 PM

    I love to listen to my daughter practicing her piano x

  • Sally Metcalfe 31st March 2019 at 8:29 PM

    I just love reading stories with Bertie…..my favourite time of the day

  • Jeanette Leighton 31st March 2019 at 9:15 PM

    A cup.of tea in front of the TV with some soaps

  • Deborah Mackenzie 31st March 2019 at 9:34 PM

    I love to do craft work, making cards, colouring in, drawing and meditating.

  • Mandy Doherty 31st March 2019 at 10:27 PM

    A strong cup of tea, a soak in the bath listening to my favourite songs

  • Shannon SW 31st March 2019 at 10:44 PM

    I unwind by getting out my watercolors and sketchpad and work on my technique

  • Sian Buckingham 31st March 2019 at 11:15 PM

    I like to put some music on and have a cup of tea!

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