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  • Dr Kate Wallbank

10 ways to destress after a long week

Updated: Jun 26

Sometimes it is hard to relax when you have been really stressed or busy. It can take time to slow down. Here are some simple activities that can put you on the right path to slowing down and feeling like 'yourself' again:

1. **Exercise:** Physical activity can help reduce stress. Whether it's a brisk walk, a gym session, or a yoga class, moving your body can release endorphins and improve your mood.

2. **Meditation and Deep Breathing:** Spending just a few minutes in meditation or practicing deep breathing exercises can help calm your mind and reduce stress.

3. **Spend Time in Nature:** Being outdoors, whether it's in a park, at the beach, or in the mountains, can help you relax and recharge.

4. **Read a Book:** Immersing yourself in a good book can be a great way to escape from stress and enter a different world.

5. **Listen to Music:** Music can have a powerful effect on your mood. Listening to your favorite tunes can help you relax and lift your spirits.

6. **Take a Warm Bath:** A warm bath can help relax your muscles and calm your mind. Adding some Epsom salts or essential oils can enhance the experience.

7. **Connect with Loved Ones:** Spending quality time with family or friends can provide emotional support and help you unwind.

8. **Engage in a Hobby:** Doing something you love, whether it's painting, gardening, cooking, or playing an instrument, can be a great way to relieve stress.

9. **Get a Massage:** A professional massage can help reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation.

10. **Practice Gratitude:** Taking a moment to reflect on the positive aspects of your life can help shift your focus away from stress and foster a sense of well-being.. It’ll make it easier for people to find you on the web.

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