Feeling stressed? Don’t worry – it happens to the best of us. Sometimes we just need a break. Spending 8+ hours on your feet or at a computer screen can be exhausting. Whether you’re a cook, an artist, or an avid Netflix binge-watcher, we all have our own little ways to decompress from a long day or week at work. Starting to sound familiar? Us too. Below are some of our favorite ways to relax.

  1. Sit in silence for 5-10 minutes. It’s amazing how the quiet can give you a bit of a boost of energy and a mental reset.
  2. Start a new show on Netflix. It’s OK – we’ve all had moments of curling up on the couch and watching hours on end of a new (or old) show. Something about Seinfeld re-runs is oddly comforting.
  3. Cook yourself something delicious. Our Senior Web Designer, Mike, recommends these sous vide lamb chops.
  4. Or, if you’re not much of a cook, splurge on takeout at your favorite restaurant.
  5. Go on a long walk in your neighborhood or a nearby trail. If you’d prefer, opt for some yoga, cardio or weight lifting.
  6. Order your favorite drink at a café and just sit there. Whether it’s a nonfat or soy milk latte, or an iced coffee, the ambiance at a café can be relaxing.
  7. Enjoy your favorite glass of wine – make it a bottle if it was a really hard week.
  8. Or, if liquor is your thing, try a new Gin with your martini. We recommend Greylock or Monkey47.
  9. Stop looking at your phone. Yes, we know this can be a challenge. But we promise, it’s worth it. Even if only for 30 minutes.
  10. Start a new book. Or re-read one of your favorites. We recommend doing this with a nice coffee or cup of tea.
  11. Get outside. Whether it’s camping or hiking, try to disconnect with the world by exploring the fresh air. If you’re in the New England Area, we suggest a visit to Acadia National Park.
  12. Plan a trip. We’re a bunch of travelers here, so this one is our favorite. Whether it is Italy, Slovenia, or Sonoma/Nap Valley, it’s fun to get lost in planning. If you’re not heading anywhere new, consider creating a travel dream Pinterest board.
  13. Pick up a paintbrush or pencil and draw something. Art can relieve a lot of stress and anxiety. Even a simple doodle can help relax your mind.
  14. Call an old friend. When was the last time you picked up the phone and talked to a friend, just because? While there are no proven facts what it can do, it’s always nice to catch up and share a few stories and laughs.
  15. Most importantly, napping. Who doesn’t love a good nap at the end of a long day or in the middle of a busy weekend. Though it may be tempting, we only suggest doing this at home. You wouldn’t want to incur additional stress from losing your job.