75 Fun Things You Can Do Today To Relax and De-Stress

Written by: Mukesh M
All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy - Proverb

Sometimes in life, we need to take a break to relax and rejuvenate our mind, body and spirit. Taking a break and relaxing is a great way to increase productivity – because when you return back to your work, you will be full of new ideas and fresh energy to tackle hurdles and move forward.

Here is a list of 70 plus things you can do for relaxation and relief from stress.

Most of them are simple activities that anyone can do. Not all activities listed here will work for everyone so try to find out the activities that work best for you. Please note that these activities are not listed in any particular order.

If you would like to add to this list, please leave a comment with your suggestion.

  1. Practice simple Yoga asanas: There are many simple yoga asanas like Balasana (Child pose) and Makarasana (Crocodile pose) that can be immensely relaxing to the mind and body.
  2. Listen to Soft music: Music can be extremely relaxing. Create a playlist of your favorite tracks and listen to it whenever you feel stressed.
  3. Exercise: Do exercises that make you sweat or leave you gasping for breath. Simple exercises like skipping or running should do the trick.
  4. Meditate: Dim the lights, sit alone and focus on your your breathing. Feel your heart beats. Witness your mind and the thoughts that arise. Realize that you are not your thoughts.
  5. Make Love: Make intimate love with your lover. Burn incense/scented candles, play soft music and lose yourself in the passion. Follow-up love-making with a massage.
  6. Practice Living in the Now: Make a conscious attempt to live in the present moment and forget what happened in the past or worrying about the future.
  7. Go for a walk: Go for a mindful walk early in the morning when the air is fresh.
  8. Try biking: Biking/Cycling is an excellent stress reliever.
  9. Soak in the sun: Vitamin D relaxes blood vessels and enhances circulation. The most natural way to get Vitamin D is to soak in the morning sun for around 10 to 15 minutes without any sunscreen.
  10. Take a hot shower/bath: Hot water has been known to relax the muscles.
  11. Cut down on junk food: Eating healthy for a day can make a huge difference.
  12. Go for a swim: Drive to a nearby lake and take a dip. Swimming in a lake can be a highly rejuvenating experience.
  13. Get yourself a massage: A good massage can not only help you relax but also help reduce anxiety, digestive disorders, headaches, sleep issues and joint pains. You can go to a massage parlor or even better ask your partner to give you a full body massage. Remember to return the favor.
  14. Get a pet: Pets are not for everyone, but if you have been thinking of getting a pet for quite sometime, then it’s high time you paid a visit to the pet store.
  15. Do deep abdominal breathing: Take a few minutes to breath deeply and consciously. While doing so, place a hand on your belly and make sure that your belly rises.
  16. Write a journal: Writing on paper can be highly cathartic. Buy yourself a journal and start writing. Write down what’s on your mind; write about things that have been bothering your lately; write about the things you love; write about past events that have been on your mind. Reflect on your writing.
  17. Try stress balls: Stress balls are great to release tension. When you squeeze the ball, the muscles in your arm tighten and relax as you let go. These are perfect for times when you are stuck at work and have no other way to vent.
  18. Sing or dance: Put on your favorite music and move your body to the rhythm. Don’t focus on how you are dancing. Instead let the rhythm guide you by losing yourself to the rhythm.
  19. Make a video: Take out your mobile phone or camera and make a fun video. Share it with your friends.
  20. Play a board game: Play a board game like monopoly or scrabble with your friends.
  21. Watch cartoons: Rent and watch your favorite childhood cartoons. Try connecting with your inner child as you do this.
  22. Listen to a guru: Listening to gurus speak can be relaxing as well as enlightening. Youtube.com has a host of videos by top gurus like Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Adyashanti, Deepak Chopra, Ralph Smart and other masters. Just search for these names in Youtube.com to get their free videos.
  23. Write your worries down: Write your worries down on a piece of paper and burn the paper. Flash the ashes down the drain or watch them fly away in the wind.
  24. Paint your imagination: It does not matter if you are good at painting or not. Just take out a canvas and paint what you feel like.
  25. Walk up early: Walk up before the sun rises and smell the fresh air. Do some sun gazing and soak in the early morning sun rays.
  26. Go on a long drive: Find a scenic route and go on a long drive. Roll the windows down and breath in the fresh air whilst admiring the nature around you.
  27. Learn to play music: Learn to play a musical instrument like guitar or a piano. Playing music is fun and can be an excellent stress reliever.
  28. Read a comic: Remember the comic that you loved reading as a kid? Pick it up and start reading and get in touch with your carefree inner child.
  29. Climb stairs: Climbing stairs is a great exercise and can also help in relieving stress.
  30. Rent a comedy movie: Laughter is a great way to beat stress.
  31. Live without technology for a day: Switch off your mobile, walk away from your laptop and spend the day away from technology.
  32. Go shopping: Go to an antique store or any other store that sells unique items and shop. You might end up finding something that could spark that dormant creativity in you.
  33. Eat out and try a new cuisine: Visit a restaurant that you have never visited and order something that you have never ordered before.
  34. Play arcade games: Play an arcade game that you used to love playing as a kid.
  35. Come out of revenge mode: Learn to forgive and forget. Forgive everyone including yourself. Drop the idea of revenge from your system and you will immediately feel lighter.
  36. Eat raw: Include lots of raw vegetables and fruits in your daily diet.
  37. Learn something new: Learning can be fun and can help rekindle your creativity.
  38. Practice self inquiry: Ask yourself the question ‘Who am I?’. This powerful question can help you become free from within.
  39. Get a deep sleep: Make your bed, put some light music on, meditate for a while making your mind still and doze away.
  40. Drop the expectations: Go with the flow of life instead of fighting it.
  41. Organize a family reunion: If you enjoy being around people, then organize a reunion or a party.
  42. Go fishing: If you are lucky to live nearby fishing spots then by all means go fishing. If you never tried it, then this a great new skill to learn.
  43. Spend time alone: Take a walk alone and reminisce. Do some self reflection.
  44. Day dream: Close your eyes and enter the dream world. Visualize being part of a beautiful world or having an amazing experience.
  45. Listen to the birds: Go to a park and focus your attention on the birds chirping. Tune into their free energy.
  46. Take pictures and share them: Take pictures of the beautiful scenery and share it with your loved ones. Upload your pics to facebook or to a photo sharing site like flickr or instagram.
  47. Watch children play: Go to a children’s park and watch children play.
  48. Stop and smell the flowers: Go for long walks in the park, look and smell the flowers.
  49. Garden away: Planting, raking leaves or even just pulling up weeds can have a calming influence on the mind.
  50. Go to a beach: Go to a beach and listen to the waves, walk along the shores, build sand castles and collect sea shells.
  51. Try self hypnosis: There are plenty of free relaxation hypnosis videos on youtube that you can try.
  52. Try binaural beats: A binaural beat uses two different sine waves which can be used to en-train the brain into positive states. Again, there are many free binaural beats on Youtube which you can check out.
  53. Listing to OM Sounds: The OM sound is known for its relaxing effects. Consider humming along while you listen to the music.
  54. Play a Tibetan singing bowl: Singing bowls have been used for deep relaxation and holistic healing since ancient times. They are easy to learn and can be used by anyone. You can easily purchase one off amazon.com
  55. Visit an ancient temple: Ancient temples can bring a sense of peace to your being. Most ancient places of worship were built to help visitors with relaxation, grounding and inner peace.
  56. Be grateful: Make a list of all the things you are grateful in life. You can also consider maintaining a gratitude journal to jot down the things you were grateful for at the end of each day.
  57. Cuddle: Cuddle with your partner and consciously feel their presence energy.
  58. Create something: There is amazing power in creation. To get started, there is a whole array of do-it-yourself projects on the internet. Pick something that you enjoy and create it.
  59. Draw a Mandala: A Mandala is a circular figure which represents the universe. It is said that drawing a Mandala can be extremely relaxing and a healing activity. Here is a video on drawing a mandala to help you get started.
  60. Visualize: Visualize yourself in a beautiful tropical island, relaxing and having fun without a care in the world.
  61. Visit an aquarium: Visiting an aquarium and watching different varieties of fish swim along can have a relaxing effect on our bodies. Read more here: Aquarium therapy.
  62. Use essential oils: There is a wide range of essential oils that can do wonders to reduce stress. Some of them include, Rose, Frankincense, Lavender, Rosewood and Ylang Ylang. Get yourself an oil diffuser and enjoy the positive effects. You can also add these oils to your bath or for massaging.
  63. Watch the stars: Buy a relaxing chair, lean back and enjoy looking at those magnificent stars that adron the night sky. They are all shining for you.
  64. Clean your room: Clean or re-arrange your room. Give away things that you no longer require and create more space inside.
  65. Donate: Donate your old clothes and equipment to organizations who help people in need.
  66. Indulge in old memories: Sit with old photo-books and indulge in old memories.
  67. Sit under a tree: Sit under a tree and reminisce.
  68. Go to a meet up: Find meet-ups that you would be interested in, in and around your area and visit.
  69. Visit a butterfly park: If there is a butterfly park around, visit and spend time observing these beautiful creatures.
  70. Converse: Have a long conversation about life with your partner or an old friend over snacks, wine and light music.
  71. Try cycling: Hire a bicycle and take it for a spin along a calm traffic-free road. Feel the air brushing against your face as you ride past scenic locations.
  72. Stretch: Stretching is a great way to release the tension in your body. Make it a point to stretch often.
  73. Do some Shaking Qigong: Shaking Qigong is a simple technique that involves shaking your body to release negative energy. All you need to do is stand in an at-ease position, keep your body loose and start to shake for around 5 to 10 minutes. You will be amazed at how much this simple technique relaxes you.
  74. Listen to dolphins/whales singing: Listening to dolphins can be very relaxing. Check out ‘Reiki whale songs by Kamal’ on Youtube or just search for ‘dolphin sounds’ to get a list of videos.
  75. Take a sound bath: A sound bath involves listening to sounds generated by singing bowls, gongs, bells, didgeridoo and other instruments. The vibrations of these sounds is said to heal the body. Check out if there is a sound bath studio near your house and pay a visit.

What do you do to relieve yourself of stress? Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know.

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Mukesh is an aspiring author who is working towards writing his first book on self healing through body awareness. He believes in the power of meditation and becoming self aware. he has a personal mission to constantly grow in awareness and to impart this knowledge through writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Yes, tea is very good for stress relief!

  • Bri

    I have been stressed ever since the start of high school , and I think that getting rid of the cause of the stress for a while and coming back to work is the best way to relive stress. Another way to relive stress is to caffeine-free tea and read or listen to a good book or song.

  • Anonymous

    Go to the kitchen an prepare some good recipe, as once you start cooking what you like, you forget every problem you ever experienced.

  • Mike

    I think Tai Chi can be an excellent stress reviler. I was suffering from extreme back pain and repeated headaches possibly caused because of stress and Tai Chi definitely helped me relax. Another method that you can try is energy tapping which is to simply tap various parts of your body to release trapped energy. Good luck!

  • Tim (Author)

    Winnie, I have added all 50 in the same page. Make sure to let us know what worked for you.

  • Winnie Myna

    Can you please send me the rest of the remaining 50? Thank you for this. I will try them all.

  • Polu

    I love listening to Adyashanti on youtube and it’s really relaxing. I also love to dance and find it a major stress reviler. Helps focus negative energy into positive.