Do you find it difficult to unwind? If so, you’re not alone. Not being able to turn off work at the end of the day is a chronic challenge all around the world. People often bypass their ‘me time’ and see relaxing as just an excuse to be lazy. But, it’s so much more than that. To completely reduce your stress levels, you must fully commit to relaxing. Enjoy your nightly leisure time with any of these 36 activities:

  • Change into comfortable clothes
  • Release your endorphins by working out
  • Cook a good meal
  • Take a warm bath to soak out all the stress
  • Catch up with friends
  • Read a book
  • Pamper yourself at the spa
  • Keep your work obligations at work with no email checking
  • Take a walk or go on a bike ride
  • Get a good night sleep by powering down all your electronics 30 minutes before bed
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Watch a movie
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated
  • Play with your pet
  • Take a nap
  • Steer clear of junk food
  • Put on your favorite playlist and dance your stress out
  • Unwind your mind by writing in a journal
  • Bake a dessert
  • Do yoga, your muscles will appreciate the stretching
  • Light a scented candle
  • Get any chores done early then spend the rest of the night doing something you love
  • Enjoy a glass of wine.. Or two!
  • Call a family member you haven’t talked to lately
  • Begin planning a vacation
  • Play a sport with a friend like soccer or frisbee golf
  • Look through old photos
  • Play tennis or pickleball
  • Spend time gardening
  • Brainstorm your bucket list
  • Invite a friend over to play video games
  • Write a letter or send a card to someone you care about just because
  • Volunteer your time at a local nonprofit organization
  • Savor a meal out at a local restaurant
  • Watch the sunset
  • Stop feeling guilty for taking some time for yourself


“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.”

Mark Black


By: Rebecca Clausen