Six Ways to Relax After a Long and Stressful Day

Relaxation and unwinding after a long day can calm the mind, body and soul and get rid of unwanted stressors.

Stress can be debilitating and cause a lot of tension both emotionally and physically, which is why relaxing and making time for yourself can have great benefits.

Here are six simple yet effective ways to unwind after a long, stressful day.

Listen to Music

Jamming out to music is a great way to cope after a long day. Whether you’re like me and like to blast music in the car with the windows down, or more of a sit-back with your earbuds in type of person, your favorite playlist can turn your mood around.

According to the University of Nevada, Reno, “Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life. A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your muscles.”

All of which help release the pent-up stress of a long day!


More often than not, after a long day, you probably don’t want to prepare and cook a meal. Not only can cooking be stressful, but the task of cleaning up afterward can be a pain.

Ordering from your favorite restaurant will save you time, energy and requires no work on your end except to enjoy your delicious meal.

Rewarding yourself with comfort foods is a treat that you deserve.

Take a Walk

After a long day, we tend to feel frustrated, angry and irritable. Taking a walk and looking outward at the scenery can bring a sense of calming peace to your horizon.

Walking can help release the steam you have boiling up inside. Technically, you’re releasing endorphins that stimulate relaxation and improve your mood.

The best time to take a walk is right before the sunsets. The temperature is cool, the sky is beautiful and everything around you is calm.

Watch Your Favorite Show / Movie

Entertainment after a long day is a perfect way to relax and get a good laugh.

Sit back, kick your feet up and snuggle on the couch while your favorite show or movie and just enjoy your “you-time.”

Watching a movie or some re-runs can allow your brain to recharge and give you a mental break. Just like our phones need recharging, our minds need recharging, especially after a tiring day.

Take a Bubble Bath

Taking a soothing bubble bath can promote relaxation after a pressing day.

According to Pentucket Medical, “Submergence in water can reduce pain and inflammation and also calm the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety in the body and improving your mood.”

Adding sensual candles, soft music, lavender suds or essential oil and cleansing your face with a face mask can also uplift your mood.

Giving yourself this kind of attention just might bring inner peace.

Journal and Meditation

Journaling about your long day and getting those thoughts down on paper is a great way vent and release emotions, instead of keeping them bottled up inside. Doing this activity before you go to bed is a useful tactic to let go of stressful worries.

When accompanied with meditation your mind, body and soul will be in total relaxation.

“Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind,” says the Mayo Clinic. During meditation, you focus on your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress.”

At the end of the day, everybody has different ways of coping with a long day. Remember to make time for yourself to ensure total relaxation.

How do you relax after a long day? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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