8 Ways to Destress after a Bad Day

We all have those days where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Whether it’s a bad grade on a test, getting in trouble with your boss, or you’re just feeling down. After a day like that we all need some ways to de-stress. Here are our eight of our favorite relaxing activities!

1. Go for a Walk

Pittsburgh has so many beautiful places to explore, and getting some fresh air can help clear your mind.

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2. Read a Book

Take a couple hours and sit down with your favorite book, and escape into a world that isn’t your own!

3. Listen to Music

Music is a great way to calm down and relax. Listening to your favorite songs will flood your brain with feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine!

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4. Take a Bath

Put in some bubbles, light a candle, put on some music, and unwind.

5. Spend Time With Your Friends

Whether you want to vent your heart out or just want to be around someone, seeing your BFF is a great way to relax. You’ll feel better having someone to listen to your problems.

6. Treat Yourself

Go and get yourself some delicious food or go buy yourself some new clothes. Do something that makes you happy!

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7. Get Some Exercise

I know, I know, exercise doesn’t seem like a good way to de-stress, but it really is! Exercising pumps up your endorphins which in turn reduces your stress hormones.

8. Journal

Write down what you’re feeling! This is a great way to release your emotions if you feel like you don’t have someone to talk to about your issues.