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How can I reduce stress in the evening?

Michael B. Finkelstein, MD
Internal Medicine
Here are some ways to reduce stress in the evening.

Avoid things that may cause you to feel energetic or aggravated. This might include intense exercise, a high-calorie meal, news broadcasts that are full of doom and gloom, or conversations that are sure to end in an argument. Anything stimulating, whether positive or negative, triggers an adrenaline response in your body.

Instead, do something to wind down from your day. Some things to try:
  • Take a bubble bath with candles, incense and soothing music.
  • Do yoga.
  • Meditate.
  • Write poetry.
  • Pray.
  • Listen to a guided imagery CD.
In addition, consider doing a “brain dump.” This means you let go of things spinning around in your mind. Write down your anxieties, resentments and to-do lists so your mind is clear when you close your eyes. These and similar comforting measures will leave you feeling soothed, calm, relaxed and ready for sleep. 
 

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