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21 Easy Ways To De-Stress After A Rough Day

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite ways to relax after a particularly hectic day. Here are their soothing recommendations:

1. Hide from people and surround yourself with nature.

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"Honestly, I like to climb a tree or go somewhere else that's isolated. Being away from other people can really be calming, especially if you're more introverted than most." —ilanb411c5d3c2

2. Pull a Sleeping Beauty and go straight to sleep.

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"I love to sleep! It's my de-stresser because it makes me forget all the bad things that could've happened to me that specific day." —kolbae

Get some real shut eye with a sleep mask on Amazon for $8.99.

3. Revel in the love of your furry friends.

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4. Distract yourself with some serious entertainment.

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"I do a face mask and either watch Netflix, or BuzzFeed videos (especially the Try Guys and BuzzFeed Unsolved)! If I'm not trying to totally zone out, I read Janet Evanovich books." —betherick85

Get it on Amazon for $8.54+.

5. Get out some aggression with a video game.

"Playing violent video games is scientifically proven to reduce stress. I play Fallout 4 or GTA V Online when I'm stressed out and it really soothes me." —r46143bf89Get Fallout 4 for $19.99 and GTA V for $22.99+ on Amazon.
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"Playing violent video games is scientifically proven to reduce stress. I play Fallout 4 or GTA V Online when I'm stressed out and it really soothes me." —r46143bf89

Get Fallout 4 for $19.99 and GTA V for $22.99+ on Amazon.

6. Surround yourself with all your favorite scents and smells.

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7. Go for a run (or rollerblade) to clear your head.

"I go rollerbalding on my driveway. It releases energy and gives me one good thing to think about myself—how fit and healthy I am." —tms2109Get some inline skates on Amazon for $44.25 and start rollerblading away from your problems.
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"I go rollerbalding on my driveway. It releases energy and gives me one good thing to think about myself—how fit and healthy I am." —tms2109

Get some inline skates on Amazon for $44.25 and start rollerblading away from your problems.

8. Take a bath with some enhancements, like bubble bath, bath salts, or a bath bomb.

"I take a hot bath and use either eucalyptus spearmint Epsom salts and a glass of wine." —laurenelizabethr453f68dd5Get bath salts for $4.87, bubble bath for $16.65, or bath bombs for $21.99 on Amazon.
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"I take a hot bath and use either eucalyptus spearmint Epsom salts and a glass of wine." —laurenelizabethr453f68dd5

Get bath salts for $4.87, bubble bath for $16.65, or bath bombs for $21.99 on Amazon.

9. Drown the troubles of the day in a big bowl of cheese.

"I make myself some macaroni." —rainbowfox17Get one of our favorite boxes of mac on Amazon for $2.98.
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"I make myself some macaroni." —rainbowfox17

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10. Add a face mask to your daily routine and make your chores way more relaxing.

"I like to throw on a face mask, hop in the shower and put on some cosy socks afterwards, before I do anything else (start cooking of whatever). This helps me to unwind from a stressful day. :)" —mariekemGet 11 sheets on Amazon for $9.97.
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"I like to throw on a face mask, hop in the shower and put on some cosy socks afterwards, before I do anything else (start cooking of whatever). This helps me to unwind from a stressful day. :)" —mariekem

Get 11 sheets on Amazon for $9.97.

11. Let your favorite band fill your ears and push out anything unpleasant from the day.

"My go-to is listening to Radiohead...and I'm good" —alake82Get the most out of your listening with a pair of quality (but crazy affordable) headphones on Amazon for $11.40.
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"My go-to is listening to Radiohead...and I'm good" —alake82

Get the most out of your listening with a pair of quality (but crazy affordable) headphones on Amazon for $11.40.

12. Hit the gym and leave your stress at the door.

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You can also stay home and take a yoga class with Yoga Download.

13. Find a nice spot to sit with an instrument and make some peaceful music (just not "Wonderwall").

"Nothing soothes my soul after a stressful day like music. I like to sit out on my balcony in the breeze and just play my guitar and let all the stress slip away. When I play, everything else leaves my mind. It's something I can do that is just for me." —sammijd89Play some tunes on an impossibly cute ukulele from Amazon for $47.99.
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"Nothing soothes my soul after a stressful day like music. I like to sit out on my balcony in the breeze and just play my guitar and let all the stress slip away. When I play, everything else leaves my mind. It's something I can do that is just for me." —sammijd89

Play some tunes on an impossibly cute ukulele from Amazon for $47.99.

14. Set the mood and enjoy some wisdom from Dr. Phil.

"Candles, tea, and Dr. Phil." —laurenmwalker22Get a de-stressing candle for $24.99, some chamomile tea for $15.63, and get some sage advice on TV.
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"Candles, tea, and Dr. Phil." —laurenmwalker22

Get a de-stressing candle for $24.99, some chamomile tea for $15.63, and get some sage advice on TV.

15. Get to know yourself better with some personality quizzes.

"BuzzFeed quizzes. And sleep. Love sleep." —shaynajava
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"BuzzFeed quizzes. And sleep. Love sleep." —shaynajava

16. Let it at all out.

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"I complain to my family and friends about it. They'll give me advice but I rarely take it. Getting it all out and crying to them about makes me feel better about the situation and lets me know they care about me." —mandylaine

17. Get a neck pillow that you can heat up, for easing some neck tension in the absence of a personal masseuse.

"I get bad migraines and my neurologist recommended this microwaveable neck pillow thing. It feels soo nice and helps the tension in my neck and shoulders." —sarag4491e8e4aGet it on Amazon for $25.99.
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"I get bad migraines and my neurologist recommended this microwaveable neck pillow thing. It feels soo nice and helps the tension in my neck and shoulders." —sarag4491e8e4a

Get it on Amazon for $25.99.

18. Let it out while you scroll through BuzzFeed's shopping section.

"Shop online while crying my life away??‍?" —carolynd401285f9bBuying a Nessie tea infuser may make you feel better. Get one on Amazon for $12.30.
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"Shop online while crying my life away??‍?" —carolynd401285f9b

Buying a Nessie tea infuser may make you feel better. Get one on Amazon for $12.30.

19. Put everything off for later.

"At the end of a stressful day I vow that I will put aside chores until tomorrow, find something 'happy' to watch on TV, and have a glass (or three) of wine. I usually watch a Harry Potter or superhero movie." —meaaaganLet the rest of your obligations be tomorrow's problem and snuggle up with a Harry Potter pillow case from Etsy for $24.99.
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"At the end of a stressful day I vow that I will put aside chores until tomorrow, find something 'happy' to watch on TV, and have a glass (or three) of wine. I usually watch a Harry Potter or superhero movie." —meaaagan

Let the rest of your obligations be tomorrow's problem and snuggle up with a Harry Potter pillow case from Etsy for $24.99.

20. Find something low-key and creative to play so you can turn your brain off.

"Minecraft. It's both creative and mind-numbingly boring at the same time. You want to build something that requires x, y, and z blocks so you sit there mining for an hour or two while watching a rerun of Friends. Neither activity requires much effort or thought, so your mind kinda decompresses the day." —dalythingsGet it on Amazon for $14.99+.
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"Minecraft. It's both creative and mind-numbingly boring at the same time. You want to build something that requires x, y, and z blocks so you sit there mining for an hour or two while watching a rerun of Friends. Neither activity requires much effort or thought, so your mind kinda decompresses the day." —dalythings

Get it on Amazon for $14.99+.

21. Enjoy the great outdoors with the help of a kayak and some weed.

"Smoke weed, get in my kayak, and head out to a calm lake with my husband. It works wonders. Nature and weed with your favorite person is a fantastically relaxing thing." —mrsh810Get it on Amazon for $69.51+.
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"Smoke weed, get in my kayak, and head out to a calm lake with my husband. It works wonders. Nature and weed with your favorite person is a fantastically relaxing thing." —mrsh810

Get it on Amazon for $69.51+.

22. Remember to take it easy once in a while and try one of these tricks for some downtime.

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