4 Tips To Have A Relaxing Evening & Reduce Your Stress

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Everyone wants to have a relaxing evening. It doesn’t just feel good but offers more than a few mental health benefits. Despite that, it can often be challenging to attain. 

Various obstacles can get in the way, including daily life. You may have to work late, there may be social obligations, and you may have a family to look after.

That doesn’t mean you have to settle for doing without a lovely evening, though. You can do more than a few things to relax for the night. While you’ll have to make a little time for them, it shouldn’t be impossible.

So, let’s dive into three practical tips that can help you have a relaxing evening – regardless of how hectic your day is.

1. DO BREATHING EXERCISES

Sometimes, relaxing doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. 

Relaxing can be as simple as doing some breathing exercises – when done correctly, you should start feeling more relaxed. That’s especially true when you’re starting to feel a bit stressed. Breathing techniques can activate the parasympathetic nervous system mode to calm you down quite a bit.

Breathing exercises force you to focus and calm yourself down for a few minutes. They take you away from any sources of stress you may be dealing with, letting you calm down more and more as you breathe. 

For the numerous health benefits breathing provides, not to mention how good it makes you feel while you’re doing it, as well as after you’re done, there’s no reason not to take a few minutes to do this.

2. WATCH SOMETHING NICE

Sometimes, you simply want to kick back and watch something mindless. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that. Watching something you enjoy lets you zone out a little and not worry about anything for a while. All you have to do is figure out exactly when you can do it, and you’re good to go.

The practicalities, like figuring out where to watch The Last of Us or any other show you enjoy, should be relatively easy to do. After that, it’s a matter of grabbing the popcorn, and you’re all set to relax.

3. GIVE EVERYTHING A CLEAN

You’d be surprised by how much of an impact dirt, an unclean home, and messy spaces can have on your mental health. You can help with that by taking the time to clean. While that seems like it adds more work and stress to your day, that doesn’t have to be the case. Even a quick clean can help.

Once everything’s cleaned up, you’ll feel better before you know it. You can sit back and relax anyway you want, with your home helping you do that. It could take as little as 20 minutes to start making a noticeable improvement, so there’s no reason not to try.

4. EAT WELL

Of course, as a nutritionist, I can’t say enough about how the right foods or nutrients can support a person’s overall wellness, mental health, and ability to relax. That’s why I’ve added a fourth, bonus tip here on how to help yourself have a relaxing evening – by eating well.

When stress levels are high, and all you want to do is enjoy some of your favorite comfort foods (deep-fried fast food followed by chocolate cake and ice cream, anyone?), eating these foods can ultimately make matters worse. 

The best strategy is to provide your brain with a combination of protein and complex carbs to naturally boost serotonin levels. So rather than a drive-through burger and fries, try roasting a chicken breast with sweet potatoes – you’ll get the same satisfying comfort (and serotonin boost) without the negative aftereffects. 

We would like to thank Kelly for sharing this inspirational story with us. 

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