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4 Simple Ways To Really Unwind

When you're really stressed, sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. Follow these tips for relaxing to the core.

Feeling tired and overworked? Make the most of your precious free time by regaining your strength, simply by making a few adjustments to your daily routine. This long weekend, allow yourself moments to just chill out with no other agenda other than enjoying yourself. Sometimes there's nothing more heavenly than having nada to do. Coast into mellow mode with these four tips:

1. Sleep In

This long weekend, snooze until you wake up naturally. Or be semi-naughty, call in "sick" to work on a weekday, switch off your alarm, and log extra zzzs. "Our brains crave a combo of familiarity and novelty, so if you're used to getting up early, it can be enjoyable to sleep late," says Stella Resnick, PhD, author of The Pleasure Zone.

2. Retrain Your Brain

Try this trick from Kathleen Hall, PhD, author of A Life in Balance, to detach after a crazy day. Think of a short sentence like "I am totally at peace" and repeat it slowly for 30 seconds. "Studies show that reciting a calming phrase decreases your heart rate and blood pressure, putting you in a more relaxed mindset," says Hall.

3. Just Take Off

Hopping in your car or on the bus and traveling to an out-of-the-way place can feel incredibly exhilarating. Grab a map and some tunes and head anywhere—from a charming town you've always wanted to visit, to a pretty beach that you haven't been to since summer. Hint: Go solo to max the getting-away-from-it-all vibes.

4. Tranquil Breathing

To mellow out, have your guy (or a friend) place one hand on top of your head and the other between your shoulder blades. "These points are chakras, energy centers where nerve channels converge," says Kath Robinson, a massage therapist in Washington, D.C. "Applying gentle pressure to them relaxes you." Inhale and exhale in sync. After a few minutes, he should slooowly remove his upper palm, followed by the lower. You'll both feel light and refreshed.

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