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My 5 Favorite Ways to Relax and Decompress at Home

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I am the QUEEN of overcommitment. If there is a task that I am physically and mentally capable of completing, I will take it on…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

However, there are times when it is just too much. This past week my stress level was off the charts with meetings, deadlines, money, and trying to be the perfect mom that I’m not.  I needed to decompress before I had a mental breakdown. Here are 5 ways to relax and decompress.

My 5 Favorite Ways to Relax and Decompress

TV Mini Marathon

When the world and my schedule get a bit too scary and overwhelming I like to retreat into a cocoon of Netflix and my blanket. Just squeezing in an episode or two on my lunch break helps me refocus on what I need to accomplish the rest of the day. Current shows of choice are any sort of baking/cooking competition I can get my hands on. There is just something about watching people make fancy cakes that makes me happy.

Take a Warm Shower

Some people take showers to get ready for bed, but I use showers to wake me up. I turn the heat up and let the water massage my back. This helps wake up my senses and rejuvinate me to tackle my to-do list that is inevitably a mile long. When I need an extra boost of relaxation, I add a few drops of New York Biology Lavender essential oils to the shower. These high quality oils add are not overpowering and bring my stress level down quickly.


I was way into coloring before it became a thing. When I was little my mom and I used to color together and I learned different styles from her so coloring brings me happy memories. When the world gets just a bit too scary I retreat to my coloring books, crayons, and pencils. I may not be an amazing artist, but coloring a little cartoon picture is a sign of beauty and can bring peace.


Try a New Recipe

This probably comes from me watching baking shows when I am stressed, but I find baking completely relaxing. I scour Pinterest for a recipe that I have the ingredients for and I go to town. Sometimes I end up creating a new family favorite, and sometimes I make something that goes straight into the trash. Either way there is something relaxing about mixing u a dough and decorating my new creation.


Over the past few years I have noticed that my stress level raises when I am not getting enough sleep. Being a mom and a podcaster haven’t been good for this. My kids are early risers (they do NOT get that from me) so I am frequently up by 6am only to stay up recording podcasts until 11pm. Once I am able to relax (ahem) and go to sleep it is after midnight. I am burning the candle at both ends and sometimes a well placed nap can make things marginally better. This week after walking the kids to school with Walking School Bus I came home and crashed…for 2 hours. My body had given up and wouldn’t let me do anything else until I had slept. I felt like a million bucks when I woke up!

My 5 Favorite Ways to Relax and Decompress at Home pin

What do you do?

How do you de-stress when life and commitments are getting to be too much? Will any of these techniques help you? Tell me below in the comments!

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    • Anne Marie D

      I love a good binge read and did that over vacation a few weeks ago! So awesome!

  1. Katy

    I like to read or (Gasp) bake. The baking thing backfires, though, because then I have cookies or cake and want to eat it all. I can stop from eating it all, but I certainly eat more than I should!

    • Anne Marie D

      Baking is an excellent release! I’ve started gifting my stress bakes to neighbors and the school front office. Gotta earn those brownie points where I can. 🙂

  2. Holly

    Great list! I recently started coloring and I love it–such a great way to calm the mind.

    • Anne Marie D

      I have 3 different coloring books that I rotate through to ensure the fun never stops lol

  3. sunphant

    I must say I do all these things except the shower…mines for getting ready for bed. I don’t want to wake up from a shower…wind me down! I used to love coloring when I was younger and got out of it, but now I’m enjoying again!

    • Anne Marie D

      Isn’t it crazy how coloring has become such an adult activity?! So fun!

  4. Reuven Brody

    This is a great list and I’ve pinned it for my readers to get inspiration. On the home front, my wife loves relaxing with a hot, scented soak in the tub and a good mystery. My favorite way to relax is watching Star Trek, any series, old or new.

    • Anne Marie D

      Thank you so much for the pin, and WELCOME! Everyone has their favorite binge shows to decompress.

  5. Bonnie

    I would say I do 4 of those as well. Instead of try a new recipe I’m likely reading a book with a cup of tea. I’m visiting from the #happynowlinkup

  6. Valerie

    What a great list! I suffer from anxiety and sometimes I just forget that I just need to relax. But my favorite way to relax is by coloring in my adult coloring book

    • Anne Marie D

      I think that we all forget that we need to take a minute and just RELAX! Coloring is co much fun. Do you have a favorite coloring book?

  7. debsrandomwritings

    Hi Anne Marie, it is vital to slow down and recharge the batteries every now and again or we just burn out. How you burn the candle at both ends I don’t know, maybe taking the time to relax helps?… I enjoy an episode of something to wind down in the evening when I can. It’s good just to watch rubbish and not have to think. Colouring is up there with the best forms of winding down too. I love it and will sometimes sit and colour whilst listening to a chat show on the radio.

    Other ways I enjoy winding down is to walk the dogs or go for a bike ride. Just being out in the fresh air picks me back up again. Followed by a nice black coffee of course!



    • Anne Marie D

      It is tough having to be a morning and night person, but so is life! Mindless tv really might be my favorite…like do I NEED to watch Real Housewives…no, but I do 🙂 A nice black coffee does usually help too!

  8. kellylmckenzie

    ok, now I’m jealous. I can’t nap. Well, I can, however I feel absolutely dreadful when I wake up. All panicky and out of sorts. So, naps aren’t on the menu. However, I’m with you on the bingewatching front. Am currently rewatching Gray’s Anatomy. And loving it. I also head out for a long walk with my excessively patient dog. That really helps.
    Delighted to have discovered #HappyNowBlogHop. I’ll be back.

    • Anne Marie D

      I do love an afternoon nap. LOVE Grey’s! I just watched the whole series this spring/summer and I don’t know how I lived without it LOL

  9. Caryn

    Love these ideas. I relax with a TV marathon, a glass of wine on my deck or at the beach or curling up on the couch and reading a magazine.

    • Anne Marie D

      All of those sound perfect! I’ve been doing my best to try and relax, because this school year is sunning me crazy. HA!

    • Anne Marie D

      Ohhhh painting!! I do love to do that too. I like to scream sing angry music too…such a great way to get out the angry energy.

  10. messesandmemories1

    These are some good ideas. I love taking a hot bath, watching Friends after the kids are asleep and scouring Pinterest for new recipes to try. Naps are hard to come by for me but if I get the opportunity you better believe I’m taking it. Ha!

  11. Phantom

    Warm showers are certainly nice! Though, my favorite way to relax is to simply sip on some hot coffee and chat the morning away with my family (or Skype my boyfriend!). Walks through the forest or down by the lake are great too! <3

  12. sunphant

    Okay, reading your list made me relax more so I’m going to get off here now and get moving. I’ve got a lot to do. See yah, chica!

  13. The Rambler

    You had me at queen of overcommitment!!! to decompress and check out from the daily grind has been…mini netflix marathons and reality shows for the perfect don’t need to think brain…just rest, crocheting (weird, counting and being exact helps me focus and not shiny light bug it all the time), and a long shower because it is the most quiet peaceful place in the house.

    Found you via SITS…great blog =)

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