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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.

"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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If you have a cat, you can tempt them to cuddle with this kangaroo pouch sweatshirt on Amazon for $14.99.


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." —tms2109

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

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. :)" —mariekem

Get 11 sheets on Amazon for $9.97.


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." —sammijd89

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16. Let it at all out.


"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." —sarag4491e8e4a

Get it on Amazon for $25.99.


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." —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." —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." —mrsh810

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