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.

Lots of love,


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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?

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2 months ago

Thank you for your sharing. I am worried that I lack creative ideas. It is your article that makes me full of hope. Thank you. But, I have a question, can you help me?

3 years ago

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

3 years ago

Such a great list! Thanks so much for sharing!

Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

3 years ago

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!

Em C. Evans
3 years ago

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!

Mind and Body Intertwined
Reply to  Em C. Evans

Thank you! I hope it inspires you to make the most of it until we have our freedom back again 😁

3 years ago

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)

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Reply to  Joep

Thank you so much, you’re so kind 😁

Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader)

What a fabulous list. Writing and working on my blog definitely relax me. The time just flies when I do that.

Mind and Body Intertwined

Thank you so much! It’s the same for me, it’s like creating your own world in a website haha.

3 years ago

Loved this list! There are so many hobbies I might be adding to my routine!

Mind and Body Intertwined
Reply to  Daniela

Thank you! I hope you find one that works for you. I was actually thinking of picking up painting myself 😊

3 years ago

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

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Reply to  CristinaR

Haha you can never do enough shouting, especially during Mario Kart!

3 years ago

Glad we are not the only ones lol

Siobhan (@veganbabelife)

Lots of really great suggestions here! Thanks for this! Siobhan ♡ | Vegan Babe Life