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. Go for a long walk in your neighborhood or a nearby trail. If you’d prefer, opt for some yoga, cardio or weightlifting.
  4. Order your favorite drink at a café and just sit there. Whether it’s a nonfat or soymilk latte, or an iced coffee, the ambiance at a café can be relaxing.
  5. Order your favorite glass of wine – make it a bottle if it was a really hard week.
  6. Or, if liquor is your thing, try a new Gin with your martini. We recommend Greylock or Monkey47.
  7. 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.
  8. Cook yourself something delicious. Our Senior Web Design, Mike, recommends these sous vide lamb chops.
  9. Or, if you’re not much of a cook, splurge on takeout at your favorite restaurant.
  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. Plan a trip. We’re a bunch of travelers here, so this one is our favorite. Whether it is Italy, Slovenia, or Sonoma/Napa Valley, it’s fun to get lost in planning. If you’re not heading anywhere new, consider creating a travel dream Pinterest board.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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. But you might want to wait until it’s a little warmer!
  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?