- Exercise either alone or with friends. It can be at the gym, lifting weights, doing cardio machines, or just talking a walk in my neighborhood or at a park with a friend. I try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. If I am really irritated, I have been known to hit punching bag. I bought one at a sporting goods store a few years ago. The guy in the store was a bit surprised that I wanted a punching bag...I think he asked me about three or four times "Are you sure YOU want a punching bag?" Of course I bought some hot pink gloves to go with it. At any rate, it can be quite therapeutic and a great workout!
- Taking a hot bath, I don't do this often, but when I do, I really enjoy it.
- Lying outside on my porch, especially if it is raining. My absolute favorite is listening to a distant thunderstorm outside and just losing myself in the sounds.
- Listening to soundscapes.
- Take time away from your normal routine and responsibilities. I just spent a weekend away with my girlfriends. We do this annually, which is literally the most relaxing weekend I have each year. I really love sitting, catching up with my friends and enjoying the beach. I spend a whole 48+ hours doing pretty much only what I want to do. I am very lucky that I have a group of women that I can go away with that are laid back and where everyone can just chill out. I wish I could do this more often, but it seems that once a year is what I usually fit in.
You can try some of these things if they sound appealing or do other activies that make you relax. It is important to relax/reset on a regular basis. It will help reduce your stress level which helps your overall health. Here is a link to an article with additional ideas if you would like to read more: http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/blissing-out-10-relaxation-techniques-reduce-stress-spot