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Six Ways to Have a Chill Day and Relax Your Mind and Body

Sometimes it feels like you’re constantly on the go. Whether you’re busy with work, school, socializing, whatever, it can take a lot of you.

Then there are other times when it feels like the anxiety will never end. Even though nothing major is happening you still have anxiety for some strange reason and it won’t go away.

Or maybe you’ve been feeling utterly exhausted and can’t see to get through your day without itching for a nap.

When this happens, I find it to be super helpful to have a chill day.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of having chill days. I have a hard time relaxing. If I relax, then at the end of the day I feel guilty for not getting enough work done. But we all need to have “a day” once in a while whether we like it or not. (Or maybe it’s just me who can’t seem to relax half of the time!)

Let’s have a chill day

In case you needed some ideas to have a chill day, here you go.

1. Have a readathon

I assume, if you’re here, then you enjoy reading. I also assume that you have a ton of books backlogged on your TBR pile. Give yourself a day to go through these books, pick one or two out that you’ve been itching to read, and hop to it. Lounge on the couch or sit outside and bury yourself in a couple of books.

2. Have a movie marathon (or binge a TV show)

There’s nothing wrong with cozying on the couch or in bed and binging a couple of your favorite movies or TV shows. For me, whenever I have a movie marathon, I also go for The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Lately, I’ve been watching and rewatching the Marvel movies. If you have a favorite TV show or have wanted to try a new show, binge that. My go-to shows are Psych and Boy Meets World.

3. Play video games

Lately, I’ve been sucked back into Animal Crossing. I love video games and there are certain games I go back to when I’m feeling overwhelmed or just need to sit back and chill. Animal Crossing is one of those games for me or something related to Pokemon.

4. Take a drive somewhere

Sometimes, all we need is to get out of the house for a little bit. But, you know, not actually see people or socialize. If it’s a nice day out go for a drive and explore someplace new. Roll the windows down, pop in a favorite CD or listen to the radio, and just go.

5. Give yourself a spa day

A few weeks ago, the kids I babysit were sick so that gave me the day off. At 11:30 in the early afternoon, I took a bath. I brought a book (which I needed to read for a review so I still technically got some work done) and it was nice just to sit back and relaxed. It helped that it was a good book, too! There are other things you can do for a spa day like doing your nails or just getting dressed up for no reason. A bubble bath is my favorite though.

6. Organize something

I find cleaning and organizing to be stress-relieving for me. Sometimes when things get too cluttered I get uptight about it and it bothers me. So, I’ll take a day to go through whatever it is and declutter some parts of my room or the house or even on my computer.

What else can you do?

There are plenty of other things you can do to have a relaxing day. These are just some of the things I enjoy doing or would like to try doing some time.

Do you give yourself a chill day once in a while? Let me know in the comments below!

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13 thoughts on “Six Ways to Have a Chill Day and Relax Your Mind and Body

  1. These are excellent ideas. I am definitely due for a Readathon, and organizing closets and drawers has a definite calming effect on me. Your post is spot-on, friend.

  2. Awesome ideas! Like Rae, it’s time for me to do a readathon. I keep wanting to read. But, I never give myself time to do so – and, like you, I feel stressed when I’m not “productive” (even if I do a lot). So I need a day to chill and have a chill day.
    That’s cool that you like Marvel films a lot – I do as well. And AWESOME, I saw a bit of Boy Meets World when I was a kid :). Sounds like we both grew up in the 90s.

    Video games are fun 😀 .

    Is traffic light in your area? I’m not really a big fan of driving lol. But I’m glad it relaxes you :).

    A spa day sounds fantastic 😀

    I like organizing too. Cleaning is cathartic for me as well.

    I also like doing exercise. I like walking and running. 🙂

    Hope you’re doing well. Take care, my friend! :). 🙂

    • I’m hoping to do a readathon sometime soon. But sometimes reading can be intense (in a good way) depending on the book, lol.

      Boy Meets World is the best show ever. Such a gem!

      I actually don’t like driving too much either. But I do like exploring new places. 🙂

      Thank you, take care!

      • lol that’s true. What’s the most intense book that you’ve read?

        Yes 🙂 It’s a great show! I haven’t seen it in a while. But I want to see it.

        🙂 it’s nice to explore new places. Do you like to fly too?

        Take care :).

        • Oh, man… that’s a tough question. I honestly can’t think of one at the top of my head, lol. How about you?

          I do not like flying, no. Not in the slightest, lol.

          • I can’t think of one either lol. Maybe one of the Predator books i read as a kid (based on that movie series about aliens).

            lol What do you dislike about flying? I’m not a fan of long flights lol but I prefer it over driving.

            • Flying just freaks me out for some reason. I don’t like being so high up in the air. If something goes wrong you can’t just “pull over.”

              • That’s completely understandable. Even though I have flown often, I still have that same worry, so I can relate.

  3. Readathons, movie days, and bubble baths… Those are some of my favourite ‘chill day’ activities too. Other options for me are crafting sessions, walks with the dogs, and baking.

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