12 Ways To Relax (Plus Free Printable)

Oftentimes it can be hard to relax.

It can be hard to find the time, and when you do have the time, it can be difficult to stop your brain from thinking about all the stuff you ‘should’ be doing rather than relaxing.

But relaxation is essential to self-care. Sometimes all we need is a few minutes to de-stress, and we’re able to carry on with our day better than we would if we just tried to keep going.

So here are 12 things I do to help myself de-stress and relax a bit.  Hopefully you find a few ideas in here that work for you!


1. Stop and breathe  
In my case this usually happens while I’m in the car, or somewhere and doing something that doesn’t take a ton of concentration.  There are widgets and apps for Apple Watch, iPhone, and I’m sure android as well that remind you to stop for a moment and take some deep breaths multiple times throughout the day.   You could also set alarms at different times of the day you know you’ll be free for a minute or two.

2. Put on some comfy clothes
If you’re working (or just puttering around) at home, why not throw on some comfy clothes?  Scrap the bra, and go for a hoodie and some sweats. Be comfy. Be cozy. It helps, bigtime!

3. Make yourself a cuppa
Sitting and drinking a nice, warm, soothing cup of tea doesn’t have to take an hour. Just take 10-15 minutes to sit and enjoy the scent, feel, and taste of that tea.  Then get back to it.

4. Turn on some instrumental music
I love music. I very regularly have music playing in the background, and its almost always instrumental.  New age music is my go-to, but I like some post-rock and classical once in a while as well. Spotify, Google Play, and 8tracks all have some great instrumental playlists.

5. Have a hot bath before bed
Pour yourself a glass of wine, throw in a bath bomb, grab a favorite book, and hop in! Or, slide into your swim suite (or not!) and go for a dip in your hot tub if you own one. Baths are great for relaxing alone time and getting yourself sleepy before bed, whereas hot tubs are nice for tech free chats with loved ones before sleep.

6. Utilize some essential oils
If you have a diffuser, put a few drops of your favorite oils in and enjoy. It takes no time at all, and depending on the oil, they can relax or invigorate you in no time.

7. Light some scented (or unscented) candles
I like to light candles in the evening; they set a relaxing, romantic mood, perfect for drinking tea and daydreaming or bathing and reading . Which brings me to the next thing…

8. Read a good book
Pick something light, a comedy or romance. Maybe an adventure or fantasy if that’s your thing. Read a couple of chapters. Let yourself get lost in the book for a while. It really can do wonders!

9. Daydream
Close your eyes for a few minutes and let your mind wander. Go to your happy place; Hawaii, Disneyland, or wherever it may be.  Don’t let yourself think about the stuff you have on your plate; that will still be there when you’re ready to get back to it.

10. Take a short walk; get outside
I know for myself, a nice little walk can almost be like a reset button.  If Z and I are having a bad day, I’ll pack him up in a carrier, and just take off. Rain or shine. It doesn’t need to be a long walk; just a change of scenery and some fresh air do us both a world of good.

11. Pamper yourself with a mani, pedi, or massage
These can be expensive. I’m not suggesting this happen every week, but once in a while, its worth it to spoil yourself a bit. I find there’s nothing quite as relaxing as a good massage!

12. Put that phone away
Step away from the phone, computer, TV, tablet, etc. It has been scientifically proven to be beneficial to ditch screens and technology for a while every day. We spend so much of our time staring at screens, and it can become tiring physically, emotionally, and mentally. Go ahead, leave your phone on your desk and walk away for a bit. Those emails can wait will still be there when you get back.

Here’s a prettified list of the ideas that I made just for you! Feel free to download and print it out. 🙂

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