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100 Ways to Chill Out

100 ways to chill out

The older I get, the more type-A I become. I suppose that’s a symptom of increased responsibilities and becoming more set in my ways, but combine that with my introvert tendencies and I’m basically a big ball of anxiety. Thankfully, I think I hide it well, but that’s due to my insistence on stopping to chill the hell out regularly.

I know it’s time when I start clenching my jaw, losing sleep, compulsively making lists and checking my calendar, and feel an impending sense of doom. Whether through a conscious effort, like trying to always having a getaway to look forward to, or just going with my gut day-to-day, I take time to decompress as often as possible.

If you’re getting that antsy, overwhelmed feeling, here are 100 ways to chill out before you lose it. What do you do to relax? (Thanks to everyone who weighed in on Facebook!)

  1. Read a book.
  2. Plan a vacation.
  3. Color.
  4. Take off your bra.
  5. Snuggle with a pet.
  6. Snuggle with a person.
  7. Prioritize.
  8. Order a sundae. With extra cherries.
  9. Take a bath.
  10. Smudge.
  11. Stretch.
  12. Go to the beach.
  13. Make a cup of tea.
  14. Visit the library.
  15. Take a drive.
  16. Get crafty.
  17. Therapy.
  18. Treat yourself to a manicure.
  19. Treat yourself to a pedicure.
  20. Put on your pajamas.
  21. Call an old friend.
  22. Say no.
  23. Say yes to something new.
  24. Cook dinner.
  25. Have dinner delivered.
  26. Make dinner reservations.
  27. Take a few deep breaths.
  28. Take a walk.
  29. Take your dog on a walk.
  30. Listen to music.
  31. Watch golf.
  32. Create a vision board (or browse Pinterest)
  33. Relax on the porch.
  34. TV on DVD.
  35. Mix your favorite cocktail.
  36. Do a crossword puzzle.
  37. Go shopping.
  38. Wander around a museum.
  39. Get up early and watch the sun rise.
  40. Watch the sun set.
  41. Take a swim.
  42. Get a massage.
  43. Sweat it out.
  44. Nap.
  45. Pour a glass of wine.
  46. Swing in a hammock.
  47. Make out.
  48. Send a sext.
  49. Have sex.
  50. Masturbate. (Yeah, I said it.)
  51. Attend a yoga class.
  52. Dance.
  53. Sing.
  54. Baby monkey.
  55. Keep a journal. Or blog.
  56. Clean the house.
  57. Hire a maid.
  58. Wear something fancy.
  59. Brush your hair. It’s like a mini massage.
  60. Daydream.
  61. Get organized.
  62. Knit.
  63. People watch.
  64. See a movie.
  65. Think positive.
  66. Get your hair done.
  67. Paddle down a river.
  68. Fold the laundry.
  69. Eat a (dark) chocolate bar.
  70. Write a letter.
  71. Acupuncture
  72. Aromatherapy.
  73. Visit an aquarium.
  74. Listen to an audiobook or podcast.
  75. Doodle.
  76. Float in a pool.
  77. Look at old photos.
  78. Turn on a sound machine.
  79. Flip through magazines.
  80. Garden.
  81. Bird watch.
  82. Take a long hot shower.
  83. Paint a picture.
  84. Organize your iTunes library.
  85. Get cozy under an electric blanket.
  86. See a play.
  87. Hold a baby.
  88. Stargaze.
  89. Do something nice for someone else.
  90. Meditate.
  91. Stick to a routine.
  92. Mood lighting.
  93. Enjoy a cup of coffee.
  94. Walk away from your computer.
  95. Chew gum.
  96. Turn off the TV.
  97. Hug.
  98. Delegate.
  99. Send yourself flowers.
  100. Laugh.

17 thoughts on “100 Ways to Chill Out

  1. Wow good timing! I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed and stressed lately. Getting crafty and listening to music definitely help me cool off! All of these are great ideas though :))

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