45 things you can do to relax

45 things you can do to relax

Summer’s still far away and with a new year came new tasks and projects, so it’s only natural to feel a little stressed. Therefore, you need to use your free time to calm down, practise some self care and enjoy life. Here’s a list of 45 things you can do to relax!

A good environment sets the mood

  • Clean and organise, nothing is as stressful as a cluttered home!
  • Divide your home into work spaces and relax places
  • Create a corner for you alone, even if it’s just a corner of the couch
  • Place blankets and pillows to get cosy easily
  • Light some (soy) candles
  • Try some essential oils
  • Play some relaxing music (classical or jazz for instance)

Hobbies can guide your mind away from stressful things

  • Read a good book
  • Paint
  • Do a course in pottery
  • Write a book or poems (or a blog of course)
  • Go gaming, from the Sims to Mario Kart to Grand Theft Auto
  • Bake or cook something delicious – banana bread is always a good idea!
  • Knit yourself a nice blanket or a scarf
  • Yoga
  • Zumba classes
  • Running
  • Photography
  • Scrapbooking
  • Or just plain old Netflix

Or you can deal with the stress

  • Write a journal page about what’s bothering you
  • Have a scream session in your pillow
  • Go boxing
  • Scour Google for creative solutions to your problems
  • Meditate – you can start here!
  • Find yourself a life coach
  • Learn how to be more mindful
  • Make a planning to prevent these situations in the future

Take care of your body

  • Give yourself a warm foot bath
  • Or a hot normal bath or shower
  • Steam your pores with a hot towel
  • Face masking time (the skincare ones, not the virus protection)!
  • Get a warm water bottle for your back
  • Ask someone to give you a back massage
  • Give yourself a face massage
  • Make yourself a cup of hot tea or cocoa
  • Mani – pedi’s

Or go for the big guns

  • Plan a holiday or weekend trip, even if it’s just you and your boyfriend in a countryside cottage
  • Book a day at a spa
  • Get your eyebrows waxed
  • Act like it’s already summer with a trip to a tanning bed
  • Get a haircut with everything included
  • Go to the zoo
  • Or a cat cafe and go cuddle!
  • Take a walk on the beach or in a forest

I hope you liked this list and I’d love to know more about what relaxes you! If you want more content like this, please subscribe and get my free e-book that’ll take all your financial worries away! You can also find me on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, so you’ll never have to miss a new post.

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Hi there! My name is Lisa and I am the author of Mind and Body Intertwined. I have a bachelor's and a master's degree in psychology. During my study, I found out how much the mind and the body are connected and it fascinated me, which is why I started my blog. Would you like to join me on this little corner of the world?

49 Comments on “45 things you can do to relax

  1. I love these ideas! I have recently found comfort in cleaning and organising. I recently redid my room and getting organisers, sorting through clothing and getting rid of old things is so therapeutic. Thank you for these tips!

    Em x

  2. Great tips! I love a lot of these. I just wrote a blog post about separating work spaces and relaxing spaces. Great advice! I also like hobbies and talking a walk in nature for relaxing. Thanks!

  3. I can’t wait of this third lockdown to be over to book a spa! This is a great list of things – love a self care/relaxing post!

  4. These tips are actually so good that I don’t have words for them. Very nicely done. I’m sure people will get inspired by them (I know I am)

  5. These are all great choices! I usually relax with a great book and cosy blanket or playing Mario Kart with my sisters and shouting more than needed! I love the idea of a pottery course! Thanks for sharing x

  6. These are great suggestions. I’ve got a little reading corner where I keep cosy blankets and my book. I love settling down there to relax sometimes.

  7. All of these are fab ideas, Lisa! I absolutely love baking, watching netflix and having a hot bath to relax. I need to restock on some essential oils and I’m in need of a mani/pedi. Thank you for sharing xx


  8. There are some fab ideas on here. Oddly enough I do like cleaning when I need to relax as I find it so satisfying.

    Tash – A Girl with a View

  9. I struggle to relax so much! I definitely think that dealing with the stress is the perfect way to relax more. I find that when my stress is gone my brain let’s me have some peace thank you for sharing

  10. Music has ever been my go-to when trying to relax, I love new age, jazz, and classical, however I didn’t know ‘pillow scream session’ was a thing, I’ll like to try it out 😀. Thanks for the tips.

  11. This is the post I needed this week, I’ve been beyond stressed. You’re right about the cluttered space, I got up early today and tidied my room and it already feels like a must more relaxing space! I tend to let myself feel the stress by writing out how I feel or going a walk in the woods with some soothing music on!

  12. I like that you have a ‘Deal with it’ section – I find dealing with the stress always helps me ten times more than trying to get away from it. Great post x

    • Thank you! I was always thought that stressing is never helpful: you either can do something about it, and in that case: deal with it. The other things are only useful if there’s nothing to do about it!

  13. I have found that when my room is messy it’s harder for me to work. It’s always a better environment for me to have my room clean when I am working. Awesome tips. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Some great suggestions here, Lisa. I love candles and cosy corners for cat cuddles and reading but what relaxes me most is time in our garden 🙂

  15. Amazing post, it’s so important to take the time to relax whether that’s reading, watching TV or investing in a life coach – I loved this x

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