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Top ways to help you relax and unwind

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.

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  • Reply Georgina Prince

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

    1st March 2019 at 11:22 AM
  • Reply Tracy Nixon

    I unwind with a glass of rose wine x

    1st March 2019 at 11:51 AM
  • Reply T Brailey

    Bed, soaps and chocolates. I love the evening.

    1st March 2019 at 12:40 PM
  • Reply iain maciver

    unwind with a glass of rose wine

    1st March 2019 at 1:47 PM
  • Reply Margaret Clarkson

    I like a deep warm bath.

    1st March 2019 at 2:36 PM
  • Reply Nikki

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

    1st March 2019 at 3:08 PM
  • Reply Margaret Norvell

    A wood fire and a good book

    1st March 2019 at 3:36 PM
  • Reply Sandra Fortune

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

    1st March 2019 at 3:59 PM
  • Reply Sue McCarthy

    A hot bath then a glass of wine

    1st March 2019 at 4:03 PM
  • Reply Emma Larkin

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

    1st March 2019 at 4:36 PM
  • Reply pete c

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

    1st March 2019 at 5:22 PM
  • Reply anne b

    Snuggles with my dog.

    1st March 2019 at 6:27 PM
  • Reply Monika H

    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 at 7:03 PM

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

    1st March 2019 at 7:38 PM
  • Reply Jayne Townson

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

    1st March 2019 at 7:53 PM
  • Reply Carrie H

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

    1st March 2019 at 7:59 PM
  • Reply Angela treadway

    glass of wine and some music x

    1st March 2019 at 8:25 PM
  • Reply John Prendergast

    play video games

    1st March 2019 at 9:28 PM
  • Reply Solange

    A hot bubble bath and a glass of wine.

    1st March 2019 at 10:27 PM
  • Reply Natalie Burgess

    A book and my four cats xx

    1st March 2019 at 10:42 PM
  • Reply Fiona jk42

    TV, white wine spritzer and cats.

    1st March 2019 at 11:52 PM
  • Reply Jackie Howell

    long hot bath

    2nd March 2019 at 6:23 AM
  • Reply Sally Collingwood

    Shut my eyes for 15 minutes in complete silence!

    2nd March 2019 at 10:03 AM
  • Reply Laura Barrett

    I unwind with a magazine and a cup of tea.

    2nd March 2019 at 10:20 AM
  • Reply Emma Nixon

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

    2nd March 2019 at 11:21 AM
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    Wine, bath, music

    2nd March 2019 at 11:32 AM
  • Reply Laura Jeffs

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

    2nd March 2019 at 2:16 PM
  • Reply Susan Chafer

    A cup of tea and a book

    2nd March 2019 at 2:35 PM
  • Reply Amy Bondoc

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

    2nd March 2019 at 3:13 PM
  • Reply ML91

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

    2nd March 2019 at 3:25 PM
  • Reply Katie Skeoch

    I sleep, an early night is often needed!

    2nd March 2019 at 4:15 PM
  • Reply Rebecca Nisbet

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

    2nd March 2019 at 10:56 PM
  • Reply Keith embleton

    A long coastal path walk

    3rd March 2019 at 9:55 AM
  • Reply justine meyer

    I grab a book and go to bed x

    3rd March 2019 at 1:45 PM
  • Reply Isabell Whitenstall

    I go for an evening stroll with my husband

    3rd March 2019 at 8:40 PM
  • Reply Margaret Dixon

    I’ve never tried watercolours

    4th March 2019 at 7:47 PM
  • Reply Nikki Stewart

    An hour in the hottub!

    5th March 2019 at 2:26 PM
  • Reply Gary Topley

    By entering competitions of course, thankyou for the competition x

    5th March 2019 at 6:11 PM
  • Reply Ema J Lowe

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

    5th March 2019 at 6:41 PM
  • Reply Laura Corrall

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

    5th March 2019 at 7:52 PM
  • Reply Isabel O

    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.

    5th March 2019 at 8:05 PM
  • Reply Ruth Harwood

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

    6th March 2019 at 9:46 AM
  • Reply Jo

    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.

    6th March 2019 at 12:44 PM
  • Reply judy kennedy

    Listen to mary j Blige and and eat chocolate

    6th March 2019 at 2:09 PM
  • Reply Helen W

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

    6th March 2019 at 2:42 PM
  • Reply Helen W

    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

    6th March 2019 at 2:43 PM
  • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

    6th March 2019 at 4:39 PM
  • Reply sarah parker

    with a book and glass of wine

    7th March 2019 at 8:33 AM
  • Reply Claire Carter

    Nice cup of hot tea and some knitting

    7th March 2019 at 4:50 PM
  • Reply Kim Carberry

    I like to have a long soak in the bath x

    7th March 2019 at 8:38 PM
  • Reply Jo m welsh

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

    9th March 2019 at 12:42 PM
  • Reply Sophie Roberts

    I nice long bath with the music playing and candles lit

    10th March 2019 at 12:10 PM
  • Reply Nicki Simpson

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

    10th March 2019 at 8:27 PM
  • Reply Lisa Everaert

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

    10th March 2019 at 10:14 PM
  • Reply Alexandra Johnson

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

    11th March 2019 at 3:07 PM
  • Reply soozybee

    Bath with a Lush bathbomb

    11th March 2019 at 3:32 PM
  • Reply Lorna Ledger

    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 !

    11th March 2019 at 7:14 PM
  • Reply Samantha B

    By having a cuddle with my cats x

    12th March 2019 at 9:02 AM
  • Reply Katie B

    I unwind with a bath and a book!

    12th March 2019 at 10:45 AM
  • Reply Laura Avery

    A good book in bed with a cup of tea normally

    12th March 2019 at 4:43 PM
  • Reply Julia Linsley

    I love to draw and colour

    12th March 2019 at 6:35 PM
  • Reply Marc H

    I like to play video games in my underpants.

    12th March 2019 at 7:16 PM
  • Reply Emma H

    I like to relax by doing mindfulness colouring or crochet.

    12th March 2019 at 8:04 PM
  • Reply Ursula Hunt

    I unwind by knitting and watching the soaps

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

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

    13th March 2019 at 11:35 AM
  • Reply Steven Beasley

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

    14th March 2019 at 5:50 PM
  • Reply Caroline

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

    16th March 2019 at 8:38 AM
  • Reply Janine Phillips

    A glass of red wine and a good book x

    16th March 2019 at 2:05 PM
  • Reply Martin Fahy

    Taking the dog for a walk

    16th March 2019 at 2:38 PM
  • Reply Elizabeth Smith

    I walk the dogs then settle down with a good book

    16th March 2019 at 9:34 PM
  • Reply Kelly Morgan

    A nice cup of tea while watching neighbours

    17th March 2019 at 5:47 AM
  • Reply Carolyn E

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

    19th March 2019 at 9:01 AM
  • Reply Clare B

    A soak in the bath with a good book and wine

    19th March 2019 at 2:56 PM
  • Reply Claire Nutman

    A long hot soak………

    19th March 2019 at 7:46 PM
  • Reply kris mc

    A long hot bath with a book

    20th March 2019 at 2:57 PM
  • Reply Rachel Butterworth

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

    22nd March 2019 at 6:48 PM
  • Reply A S,Edinburgh

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

    22nd March 2019 at 10:29 PM
  • Reply Carole Nott

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

    23rd March 2019 at 9:36 PM
  • Reply Richard R

    I relax and watch tv or read a book

    24th March 2019 at 1:17 AM
  • Reply Alison Johnson

    Either reading or cross-stitch.

    24th March 2019 at 9:49 PM
  • Reply Susan Smith

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

    25th March 2019 at 4:56 PM
  • Reply JULIE WARD

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

    25th March 2019 at 7:35 PM
  • Reply Natasha R-M

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

    26th March 2019 at 8:39 AM
  • Reply Jessica Powell

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

    26th March 2019 at 6:59 PM
  • Reply Tina H

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

    28th March 2019 at 10:01 AM
  • Reply Naomi Smith

    Find a good documentary to watch on Netflix πŸ™‚

    28th March 2019 at 7:50 PM
  • Reply Gemma Clark

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

    28th March 2019 at 9:42 PM
  • Reply Louise A

    Playing with my dogs

    29th March 2019 at 1:37 PM
  • Reply PhilA

    Feet up with a glass of wine

    29th March 2019 at 4:34 PM
  • Reply Sylvia Paul

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

    29th March 2019 at 5:28 PM
  • Reply Gerri Tennant

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

    29th March 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Walks with my dog

    29th March 2019 at 7:56 PM
  • Reply Susan Willshee

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

    29th March 2019 at 8:13 PM
  • Reply donna l jones

    walking the dog

    29th March 2019 at 9:16 PM
  • Reply Mark Whittaker

    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 .

    30th March 2019 at 1:19 PM
  • Reply janine atkin

    i like to read in the bath

    30th March 2019 at 1:31 PM
  • Reply Stephen Little

    Listen to music.

    30th March 2019 at 2:26 PM
  • Reply Susan Bebbington

    A good book and a glass of wine

    30th March 2019 at 3:09 PM
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    I unwind by cooking a delicious meal

    30th March 2019 at 3:29 PM
  • Reply Rebecca Whatmore

    I spend time with my pets!

    30th March 2019 at 3:58 PM
  • Reply Kim Neville

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

    30th March 2019 at 4:39 PM
  • Reply jo liddement

    I like to read and also make my own greetings cards

    30th March 2019 at 5:39 PM
  • Reply Katerina Economides

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

    30th March 2019 at 5:41 PM
  • Reply Antonia Richardson

    feet up watching tv

    30th March 2019 at 5:43 PM
  • Reply Lynn Neal

    A long soak in a lavender bubble bath!

    30th March 2019 at 10:18 PM
  • Reply Su Brett

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

    31st March 2019 at 2:53 AM
  • Reply Eileen Tingle

    Sit down and watch the telly

    31st March 2019 at 7:43 AM
  • Reply Helen Arlow

    I love to curl up with a good book x

    31st March 2019 at 8:36 AM
  • Reply Tracy B

    With a nice cup of tea and catch up on corrie

    31st March 2019 at 9:48 AM
  • Reply Carol Boffey

    feet up watching films

    31st March 2019 at 10:42 AM
  • Reply Jane Willis

    a good book and a glass of wine

    31st March 2019 at 10:46 AM
  • Reply Jen Boucher

    Mug (Jug) of coffee and crafting

    31st March 2019 at 11:34 AM
  • Reply Nicola Marshall

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

    31st March 2019 at 11:36 AM
  • Reply Victoria Easton

    Bubble bath with a magazine

    31st March 2019 at 11:58 AM
  • Reply Hayley F

    A lovely bath and a hot chocolate x

    31st March 2019 at 12:15 PM
  • Reply Hazel Rea

    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.

    31st March 2019 at 2:18 PM
  • Reply Jo Hutchings

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

    31st March 2019 at 3:15 PM
  • Reply Susan B

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

    31st March 2019 at 4:58 PM
  • Reply Lucy fallon

    Watch tv

    31st March 2019 at 7:17 PM
  • Reply Nancy Bradford

    I love to listen to my daughter practicing her piano x

    31st March 2019 at 8:25 PM
  • Reply Sally Metcalfe

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

    31st March 2019 at 8:29 PM
  • Reply Jeanette Leighton

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

    31st March 2019 at 9:15 PM
  • Reply Deborah Mackenzie

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

    31st March 2019 at 9:34 PM
  • Reply Mandy Doherty

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

    31st March 2019 at 10:27 PM
  • Reply Shannon SW

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

    31st March 2019 at 10:44 PM
  • Reply Sian Buckingham

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

    31st March 2019 at 11:15 PM
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