9 Relaxing Ways to Unwind at the End of the Day Without a Glass of Wine
Apr 18, 2020 15:50
The wine culture is “in” right now. It’s trendy, especially for people juggling parenthood, a job, marriage, and everything else life throws our way. But when the occasional glass of wine turns into several bottles each week, it’s probably time to re-evaluate the situation and make some changes.
If your nightly glass of wine has morphed into something else entirely (like an obsessive habit) and you’ve opted to detox from alcohol, here are nine alternative ways to unwind at the end of the day.
1. Do 10 minutes of yoga.
Yoga can do wonders for the mind, body, and soul. It’s especially great for reducing stress and anxiety. So hop on YouTube to find a channel with a quick and easy yoga session. You’ll be glad you did.
Just a few minutes of meditation each evening can provide oodles of awesome benefits for your mind and body, such as lowering your blood pressure and heart rate, reducing stress and anxiety, and giving you an overall feeling of well-being. If you don’t know how to meditate, there are tons of free apps out there for first-timers.
3. Walk the dog.
Getting active outside is a great way to boost those endorphins and improve your mood. If your husband, significant other, or kids want to join too, you can always just make it a family tradition to take a stroll around the block after dinner.
Need we say more? Vegging out in front of the TV isn’t all bad. Sometimes you just need a good horror film or an episode of The Office to let go of your day.
5. Read a good book.
Okay, we’re not talking a whole book here, let’s be real. Just reading through a few pages of a good book can be incredibly relaxing. Not to mention, reading is a great way to reduce stress and escape everyday life and spend a few minutes in another place entirely, where bills, diapers, and that giant pile of dirty dishes don’t exist.
6. Indulge in a homemade mocktail.
If you are in recovery and committed to a drug rehab program, indulging in a drink every once in a while probably isn’t an option for you. Fortunately, we live in the information age where thousands of wonderful mocktail recipes are at your fingertips. All you need are the ingredients and a little bit of courage to try something new. (Just a tip: unless you really enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, try a simple recipe, or you might find yourself more stressed and frustrated than relaxed.)
7. Take a bubble bath.
This one may not be realistic every night, but if your spouse has the kids or you happen to have 20 minutes of free time, draw yourself a hot, steamy bubble bath and soak the day’s stresses away.
8. Listen to your favorite tunes.
Whether it’s Bon Jovi, Queen Bee, or your favorite Chopin piano nocturne, music has some very soothing qualities that can help you unwind at the end of the day. Studies show music not only reduces stress, but it also enhances the quality of life, reduces chronic pain and burnout, and improves mood.
9. Practice deep breathing.
Sounds simple, but sometimes in the midst of a chaotic day, we forget to just sit and breathe deeply for a moment. Practicing deep abdominal breathing for just a few minutes each day will increase the oxygen supply to your brain and promote feelings of calmness and peace.
Having a glass of wine every once in a while can definitely be enjoyable and relaxing, but if you’re trying to lay off the alcohol or you’re living at an alcohol-free sober living home while adjusting to sobriety, there are plenty of other ways to relax. So before you uncork the bottle, try one of these ideas instead. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.
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