The past few weeks have been a little hectic, and I’ve been craving some time to unwind. We love learning about ways to de-stress and recharge, so here are 13 reader comments about relaxing

On quick fixes:

“My all-time favorite thing is to go through the carwash. There’s just something about being in this cocoon while all the whirly brushes are scrubbing and water and suds are flowing.” — Christine

“I don’t even knit but will go into yarn stores to touch and squish the yarn. The bright colors help, as well as just knowing that knitting relaxes people in general. I relax by osmosis.” — Miruska

“Wandering through the aisles at the library. Better than a spa.” — Conner

“Sitting on a bench and people watching. Last weekend, I took myself on a solo date, picked up a pressed freeze, and sat on a bench for a half hour. It was wonderful.” — Alexandra

“Listening to strangers’ pleasant idle chatter, e.g. on public transportation, in hair salons, etc.” — Alicia

On at-home routines:

“Listening to history lectures as I drift off to asleep. Diving deep into the Middle Ages or the ancient Greek world takes my mind off present woes, and also reminds me that people have come out of very difficult times before.” — Erin

“Every evening when I make it back to my studio in Harlem, I say aloud, ‘Hello, beautiful home!’ As an essential worker, I’ve found that my gratitude for a calm, safe and stabile home has deepened so much.” — Margo

“When I put my girls to bed, we do the senses game: name five things you can see, four things you can feel, three things you can hear, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste. My girls are three and five, and sometimes their answers are so funny! ‘I can taste my tongue. I can smell the wind.’ They love it and it definitely calms them down.” — Kelly

On one-on-one moments:

“On weekends, my dog and I are the first ones up, so I make a cup of tea and we check on all the plants. Sometimes that means watering and pruning, sometimes just sitting together and enjoying the peaceful greenness.” — Rachel

“I’ve begun whispering to my infant daughter when I put her to sleep at night: “Thanks for this day, for all birds safe in their nests, for whatever this is, for life.” It’s from Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver, and maybe it’ll become one of our bedtime rituals.” — Megan

On delicious moments:

“This year, I started having a hot chocolate every afternoon while my baby napped. Homemade with 70% dark chocolate squares, Dutch process cocoa powder, and oat milk. Taking that time to treat myself made up for every difficult thing that happened throughout the day with a small baby. I’ve continued doing it every day, despite summer heat waves.” — Shira

“If I’m home alone and feeling lazy, I eat spaghetti hoops on toast with melted cheese. Then Ben and Jerry’s and a period romance my husband would refuse to watch.” — Cece

On getting away:

“My husband and I have a ritual of going somewhere, once a month. Even just for a night, it’s such an amazing way to reset without distractions. This weekend, we spent less than $200 on a cabin on almost 200 acres with horses, cats, etc!” — Daniela

What’s your favorite way to unwind? Anything that always does the trick? We’d love to hear…

P.S. More great reader comments and a bedtime meditation.

(Photo by Isaiah & Taylor Photography.)