How to Zen out (or Attempt to) After a Stressful Day

I am the first to admit that I have allowed the stress of one particular situation to completely F up my entire day/mood, like a h a n d f u l of times. It’s something I think many of us have battled as young adults. Whether you need to unwind after a long day of work, school, or just life in general, here are a few tips that have helped me chill tf out.


  • First things firstblast music during the car ride home. The second I step into my car, it is either EDC on wheels or the most ratchet club you have ever stepped into. Sure, I get looks but especially being stuck in LA traffic, this somehow brings me clarity and helps separate work from home.
  • Pick up your favorite take-out on the way home. Make sure to call ahead!! B/c lets be honest, food always does the trick.
  • Go on a hike. The thought of hiking after a full day in the office or classes may seem daunting but even if it’s for just 20 mins, it’ll mentally do you some good.
  • Stretch– Turn off the lights, burn some candles, get on a yoga mat (I don’t do yoga so can’t recommend that) and play some vibey songs or meditate (can’t do this either)

Recommended songs:

  • Electric (Marian Hill Remix) – Alina Baraz, Khalid, Marian Hill)
  • Fantasy-(Felix Jaehn Remix)- Alina Baraz, Galimatias, Felix Jaehn) or the (Mark Ralph Re-Work) or the (Vices Remix) – basically anything Alina B.
  • Insane – Flume
  • Inside Out- Chainsmokers
  • Light – San Holo (He’s amazinggg)
  • Tennis Court- Lorde
  • Something About You- (Odesza remix)
  • Alright-Jordan Rakei
  • Mask Off-Future (LOL, jk)
  • Do Not Disturb – Drake
  • Let Me Love you- Ariana Grande, Lil Wayne
  • How Did I Get Here – Odesza
  • Back That Azz Up- Juvenile – (jk)
  • Netflix & chillFind a show and watch the hell out of it, preferably complex story lines or reality shows to help you feel better about your life.
  • FaceTime loved ones. God bless my friends and fam for listening to my rants and for feeding me much needed chisme throughout our convos. An instant pick-me-up.
  • Sip on a glass of wine. Just because.
  • PrayWhether you are a believer or not, talking to a higher power, whether that be God or a passed loved-one can be extremely cathartic.
  • Finally, my most guaranteed method…ENJOY MEMES before bed. Get yourself in a feel-good mood before you rest yo’ eyes.

**Whatever the situation may be, remember it is only temporary. As my dad would always say, “there is a solution to everything, besides death.” That being said, I am for sure a work in progress…


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