Some days, we just need a little help to de-stress. Oh, what am I saying?! Every day we need to work to de-stress! So this week, our community collab post includes tons of things y’all love to use to de-stress. Personally, I like a hot bath, a lake view, some classic sci-fi, a little bourbon or some hot tea, some nice hand lotion, a great playlist, or meditation. Here’s what you offered (I got a lot of ideas!):

  • Move a muscle, change a thought. Oh, and dogs.
  • Sunshine and bare feet on the grass. If I can’t get out of bed then it’s binge-watching anything good.
  • Cannabis, hot tubs, music.
  • The beach. Salt air. Sun not necessary. It cleanses my soul. Something so large and powerful. I feel closer to God.
  • I have to admit – today requires a Xanax.
  • Hot tea & some chocolate, liberally apply a cat to my lap with my feet elevated and watch some distracting tv/movie or read. If I can’t sit, then some favorite music to move around to as much as I’m able that day.
  • Hugs my critters. Watch a documentary (new info takes my mind off of what is making me antsy). Crafts.
  • I have a chaise lounge in my backyard and I love sitting in it with a book or magazine.
  • First go-to: fill the tub with sea salt and a few drops lavender essential oil, turn off the lights, candles, candles and candles and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. I also love doing meditation or just listening to my iPod and a good book at Montreal’s Botanical Garden, literally a few minutes walk or 1 bus stop away on low spoon days.
  • Epsom salts bath, then some restorative yoga. Unless it’s a really bad day and I can’t get in and out of the bath, let alone up and down off the mat. Those days it’s funny shows on Netflix or something. The Big Bang Theory is my happy place. It allows me to forget the pain for a half hour. I also enjoy guided meditations on YouTube. They are a huge help. On good days taking our kitty for a walk in the nature trail nearby. Being in the woods always restores my spirits.
  • Meds, nap and read.
  • Sitting under a shade tree looking out over any body of water.
  • Taking a nap with my puppies!
  • A nice long, hot bath and some gentle yoga usually help me destress! Even with this achy body, stretching is like meditation to me!