Ask the Readers: How Do You Relax After a Long Day?

By Ashley Jacobs on 13 May 2014 (Updated 20 May 2014) 55 comments

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For most of us, our days are filled with timers, to-do lists, and requests or demands from people all around. It's important to take some time for ourselves and relax, especially at the end of a stressful day.

How do you relax after a long day? Do you have any nightly rituals that help you unwind? Do you prefer to spend this time with others or by yourself?

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Tina in NJ

When I'm exhausted after a long day, I like to do mindless handwork, either sewing or easy knitting.

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Betty

I relax after work with a nice iced coffee and my ipad. I need about an hour to unwind, then start dinner.

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Nancy

I make myself a drink or pour a glass of wine and sit on the front porch in a weathered adirondack chair and watch the sun do down. Or in baseball season, I watch the SF Giants on TV.

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Mary Happymommy

I relax by watching some TV.

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Allison

I talk to my boyfriend and drink some tart cherry juice

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Alexia

I relax reading or have dinner and a great talk with my love after this walking home the silent night

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Elena

I relax by taking a hot bath

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Ernest S.

To unwind, I usually like to take an evening walk through the neighborhood. It's healthy, cheap and a great way to also connect with my neighbors.

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My favorite way to unwind is a little private reading time before sleeping; usually I look for an "old friend" book rather than something new, reading a familiar story is the most relaxing thing.

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Amber Rizer

I love to just sit down with the family and watch a movie !! A massage is definitely an added bonus! We all need to relax sometimes!!!

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I love a good bubble bath in the evening to unwind!

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Jeremy

Beer! All kidding aside, video games, gardening, or just playing with my 3 year old and our dogs.

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SerenityNow

I like to cook dinner and kick back with a movie on Netflix.

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KelR1

I go for a walk with my dogs to get us all some exercise and to clear my head.

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Glisa

honestly, cooking something makes me relax. chopping, stirring, something about repetitive motions to get me outta my head helps....plus then i have something nice to eat....a win win!

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Chrissy

I go swimming every night after work. It's like meditating and it relaxes and tires me enough that I sleep like a baby.

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Diane

I spend some time sitting out on our back porch, looking at the plants & flowers. After dinner, we generally take a walk through the neighborhood.

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Lora Lee

When I have a long day, I play with my nephews. Something about pretending to be a dinosaur or an astronaut helps me get perspective. There are more important things than work.

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Bethany

Decaf coffee and Netflix

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Nothing like a home cooked meal and some fine drinks :)

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Liisa

A cup of tea and a good book, or one of my favorite shows on Hulu.

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Liz

I usually do a little reading in bed before going to sleep. Taking a run and a shower is nice too, when I have the time.

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Kate

I like doing something quiet near my husband. We like to sit on the sofa together doing different things — reading, watching a computer or a movie.

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Monique

Maybe watch a funny tv show or read a bit of a good book. Yoga is also always nice too.

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Sandra

My husband and I like to take a picnic dinner to the lake after work. It is so relaxing and peaceful.

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Deb

I enjoy watching TV or reading a good book. And there is often some form of chocolate or other sweet treat in there too.

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Christie

A long hot bath, a cuddle with my kids, and an episode of my favorite TV show help me relax and unwind after a long day working!

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Kristin G

I like to take a long hot bath! Then eat a hot yummy dessert and unwind watching Netflix!

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Emily

I watch stupid television.

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Gina

A glass of wine and some TV.

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Happy Love

I like to read the grocery store ads and make my shopping list or go through the online coupons.

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Billie Goodson

I like to play video games at night!

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Kim

A little bit of exercise and yoga clears my mind from the day

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Jennifer Marie

I like to sit on the porch to relax.

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Melinda willfond

love being outside in yard swing

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Anna Pry

i relax with coffee and a good book

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chela2002

Honestly, I like to relax after a long day by curling up on the couch with a book next to my husband while he catches up on TV. This is done after putting the kids down and getting to decompress. Usually, reading leads nicely into sleeping.

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Linda Brooks

I watch tv!

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Rebecca B. A. R.

I usually play around on the internet, watch tv or read.

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Guest

Cook a good meal and watch TV!

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DeeDee

Take a warm shower and read a book.

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Charisse

I like to cook a (fairly) easy dinner, pour a glass of Merlot and talk with my hubby about the day. Nothing beats my stress like being thankful for my family and home at the end of the day!

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Q

Bubble bath + comedy podcast.

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J. Pario

Definitely a book. When I have absolutely no energy, a movie.

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My partner and I talk about our days while we fix supper. Afterward we sometimes take a walk and sometimes sit in adjoining armchairs and read, just like the old folks in the movie "Up."
In the summer we do a bit of gardening (pull a weed here, sample a sugar snap pea there).
Yep, we're dull. But happy.

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Kristina

I go for a walk with my dog.

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Lynda

to relax after a long day i like to eat a good meal and zone out to tv/internet

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OFG

Take a bath!

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Kristy Browning

I like to read out on the porch! This way I feel like I'm on vacation!

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Carmen

I relax by surfing the internet or knitting/crocheting

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Susan Smith

I relax by watching some of the shows I DVR'd that day

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Amanda Sakovitz

I watch a movie to relax.

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prathee chandar

I'll watch an episode of my favorite series. That should do the trick

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Tabathia B

I read and it always relaxes me so I relax with a great romance book, I prefer historical or contemporary but love them all

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Thomas Murphy

I watch TV to relax after a long day