How to Relax Without Alcohol (100 Ways)

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Whether it’s the hectic holiday season, or you’re just going through a tough time, there’s nothing like a hefty dose of stress to make you realize that you need to learn to relax. For some adults, the primary mode of relaxation is to grab a drink, but there are other options. Here are 100 ways to relax without alcohol.

Whether you just you to limit your reliance on alcohol, are having a dry January, are working through some health issues or want to turn over a new leaf, there are healthy lifestyle changes you can make to switch things up. So, I’m sharing 100 tips on how to relax without alcohol.

According to a recent study, the demand for non-alcohol beverages has continued to increase. There are more than a few reasons that some people want to find alternatives to drinking alcohol. While stereotypical images of alcohol overuse involves men, more women are “drinking themselves to death“. Feel free to use these tips to your advantage and share with your friends and family too.

1. Have a cup of tea

Sipping tea is incredibly relaxing. To get the most relaxing benefit from your next cup, try a brew of chamomile or lavender. There are many herbal teas and traditional teas to choose from. Pick according to your mood, desired mood or ailment.

2. Take a nature walk

This can be just outside your house in a communal recreation area, a park or miles away. Staying connected to nature is incredibly relaxing. If you can’t get to nature, just stepping outside can still be incredibly beneficial.

Pair up with your friends and or family members and do it together. It doesn’t always have to be dinner and drinks. It can be dinner and a walk.

3. Enjoy a foot soak

Start with water that’s as hot as you can stand it. Adding a few scoops of Epsom salt will do wonders for weary feet, mind and body due to the presence of magnesium. I wrote more about the benefits of magnesium in my book Be FINE. It’s available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

4. Diffuse a blend of ylang ylang and lavender oils

I dare you to try not to relax after diffusing this blend (two drops of ylang ylang and three drops of lavender oil). This diffuser does the trick.

5. Color in an adult coloring book

There are so many options to choose from. Try being tense while coloring. It’s just not possible.

6. Stream Some Music & Dance

Of course, you can stream any type of music you like. But, I recommend something smooth versus edgy.

7. Take off your shoes and go grounding outdoors

Have you ever been grounding or earthing? Grounding is taking off your shoes and walking on the earth with no shoes. The electromagnetic energy from the earth connects with the body and is touted with a ton of health benefits.

There’s a wonderful book on earthing, that you can read.

8. Get on a swing

The gentle sway of a swing will relax even the most tense. If you don’t have access to a swing or want an activity that’s more weatherproof, try bouncing on a rebounder.

Rebounding is associated with a plethora of health benefits. The little trampoline has been used in everything from physical therapy, exercise routines to training NASA astronauts. Here’s the one that I have.

9. Have lunch outside

Good food and nature belong together. Why do you think that picnics were invented?

10. Do some yoga poses

Don’t fret. We all have to start somewhere and yoga has been around for at least 5,000 years. Here are 12 tools to create a yoga room in your house.

11. Work on a puzzle

Bigger is not always better, so get the size and difficulty that works for you.

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13. Take a drive

Obviously, avoiding highways and major roadways are going to be key here. Take the country route and put the windows down if you can.

14. Try a mocktail

There are some delicious non-alcoholic beverages recipes out there. Here are some of the most popular on this website:

Caribbean ginger beer

Summer-thyme blueberry lemonade

Tulsi basil strawberry lemonade

Pineapple Ginger Cooler

15. Take a warm shower

Warm showers are relaxing and cold showers are energizing. So warm things up a bit and don’t forget to spray some lavender essentials oils in direction of the steam.

16. Meditate

There are lots of options for meditation apps to get started if you don’t know where to begin. This app is number 1 rated in the app store.

17. Grab a handful of almonds

Yes, almonds are chocked full of fiber but. do you know what else they have? Magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that is not only responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body but, it improves sleep quality and is pretty awesome for relaxation too.

18. Light a scented candle

When purchasing candles, avoid petroleum based brands. Stick with 100% plant or soy based candles that use toxin free fragrances.

19. Bake something healthy and good

Why do you think that they call it stress baking? But, make sure you bake something that is both healthy and delicious.

Here are a few healthful ideas:

easy pumpkin brownies

paleo carrot muffins

gluten free banana chocolate chip muffins

20. Take a bike ride

Find a nearby trail or path and then safely hit the road.

21. Paint your nails

It’s like color therapy and spa therapy all wrapped up in one.

22. Get a foot massage

There are not too many things that are more relaxing than a foot massage. Of course, you can use your hands but, investing in a foot massager can be more effective and relaxing as well.

23. Read a few pages of your favorite book or magazine

Hopefully you’re not picking up an action thriller because that would defeat the purpose of relaxing wouldn’t it? I recommend securing a copy of Be FINE: Your Drug Free Prescription to Age Well, Beat Bulge and Stop Disease.

24. Make a photobook

Don’t let fond memories die in your phone. There are lots of creative companies that will allow you to put together a photobook quickly and get creative. Scrapbooks are also fun, but require a bit more time to complete.

Don’t go at it alone. Making photobooks are more fun when creating with family and friends.

25. Dance

For this to work choose whatever style of dance that works for you.

26. Watch cat videos

Why do you think that cat videos are so popular? Not only are they relaxing but, they’re cute and funny to watch.

27. Take an Epsom salt bath

Pour some Epsom salt into running warm water to draw a relaxing bath for your whole but. This works at for any time of day. but, is incredible right before bed.

28. Have a hot cup of soup or bone broth

Soup is comfort in a bowl. Feasting on broth is not only satisfying but, delicious too. Here are some soup and bone broth ideas, if you want to know where to start.

Beef bone broth

Carrot ginger soup

29. Get lost in play with your kids

There are so many games to play yet so little time.

30. Blow bubbles

Bubbles are magic. Try some.

31. Make time for a mini facial

You can make your own facials at home, pick up one from the store or splurge by going to the spa.

32. Exercise

When you exercise your body releases feel-good endorphins that improve mood, help you feel good and relax.

33. Call a friend

I do mean a phone call. No texting this time. Choose the person you call wisely.

34. Squeeze a stress ball

Stress balls are amazing. The great thing about this is that it’s portable so you can take it wherever you go.

35. Turn off your phone

You know why this works? Cell phones are helpful and stressful all at the same time. Unfortunately, many people get caught up in the madness of their cell phones all day everyday.

36. Wrap yourself in an infrared sauna blanket

The benefits of sauna blankets are many. These include relaxation and stress reduction.

37. Turn on YouTube and draw something

You can draw something on your own or turn on “YouTube University”. Drawing is incredibly relaxing.

38. Play in a sandbox or go to the beach

Don’t worry, you don’t need an actual sandbox and you don’t have to go to the beach (if not seasonably appropriate). You can buy a kinetic sand kit for indoors. If you can though, head to the beach and relax in the most relaxing sandbox ever.

39. Water your plants

Yet, another reason you should have indoor plants. By the way, fiddle leaf figs are absolutely amazing.

40. Go for a swim

Swimming is not only relaxing, it’s a great form of exercise too.

41. Watch old cartoons

Nostalgia for the win. Did someone say Bugs Bunny?

42. Play with playdough

Squeeze it between your fingers or get creative.

43. Watch a makeup tutorial

There are so many great makeup artists out there with thriving YouTube channels. It may sound weird but, it works.

44. Do some stretches

In the morning, at bedtime and any point of the day.

45. Watch a funny movie

I’m looking at you Airplane! Such a classic.

46. Listen to nature sounds (birds, rain, streams)

Nature sounds are nature’s music.

47. Knit

If you know how, go at it. If you don’t, you can always learn.

48. Be intimate with your partner

No explanation needed.

49. Watch the sunrise

If you’re not an early riser, make sure you get enough sleep to make this work or it could back fire on you.

50. Watch the sunset

Such a beautiful sight.

51. Tend to your garden

Getting lost in garden work can be so relaxing.

52. Walk the dog

A good reason to walk your own dog or offer to walk someone else’s.

53. Plan a trip

Travel is not always possible but, at least you can plan your next getaway.

54. Pray

When you know that the One above has your back, it’s easier to relax.

55. Listen to classical music

Check out Kanneh Mason if you’d like a more modern approach to classical music.

56. Buy yourself some flowers

How can you look at flowers and not feel a sense of calm?

57. Get a good night’s rest

Adults should be getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. So rest up. If you’re having issues try Dream Time Zen.

58. Watch a lava lamp

Lava lamps not only add a bit of design flare but, they are pretty to look at.

59. Let the sun hit your bare skin

Low vitamin D levels have been associated with everything from sadness, depression and hopelessness. So basically, being cooped up in your house for the sake of immunity is costing you your sense of peace. Get outside!

60. Play an instrument

If you don’t play an instrument, please see number 55.

61. Journal

Write down your thoughts, your dreams, observations or whatever. Anything goes. Well except, “to do” lists. “To do lists” are not typically relaxing.

62. Use cooking lavender in your food

Just a quick note to make sure that you’re using culinary lavender that can safely be used for cooking.

63. Get off social media

Surely, this one needs no explanation right? Set limits and timers on social media platforms and come back later. See how you feel.

64. Blend some fresh beet juice

Swap the coffee and caffeinated drinks for fresh beet juice instead. Beets contain nitrates which are converted to nitric oxide in the body. This helps to lower blood pressure hence facilitating relaxation.

Here’s a delicious beet, apple and carrot juice to try.

65. Snooze the news

Staying informed is one thing. Staying sucked all day, everyday is another. Put limits on your time.

66. Paint something

I’m not sure who came up with the idea of painting rocks but it works and it’s incredible therapeutic. This activity is relaxing for kids and kids at heart.

67. Try acupuncture

Acupuncture is the ancient practice of inserting thin needles at different meridians in the body for wellness and healing. It’s been said that acupuncture is incredibly relaxing.

68. Draw a bath

Block at least 15 minutes in your day and jump in. Don’t forget those essential oils too.

69. Give yourself a scalp massage

What’s not to love about a scalp massage? You can use your hands or get a fancy tool like this.

70. Deep breathing

Deep breathing is an easy exercise that you can do from anywhere. The point is to take a deep inhale through the nose as your belly swells and exhale through the mouth while your stomach slowly flattens. If you’re ever in a situation where you need to get calm quickly, just give it a try. Read: How to Deep Breathe

71. Leave the phone in your car

You’ll never know how relaxing not having your cell phone on you is until you leave your phone in the car. You’ll never realize how addicted you are to your phone until you leave your phone in your car.

72. Turn the lights down low

Bright lights stimulate while dim lights tend to relax moods.

73. Make your own spa water

All you need is some cool water, cucumbers and any herbs you choose.

74. Swap cologne for essential oils

We’re back on essential oils again because they work. You just can’t escape.

75. Get adjusted at the chiropractor

Please don’t knock it, until you try it.

76. Hang out in a hammock

This goes without saying right? That’s what hammocks were made for.

77. Visit a park

Visit an actual park with trees and grass not a theme park. Theme parks tend to me more exhilarating than relaxing.

78. Jump on a trampoline

While it may seem counter-productive, jumping on a trampoline is actually relaxing as the action of jumping leads to decreased cortisone and improved sleep. See point number 8.

79. Enjoy a bowl of homemade applesauce

Make it homemade. Applesauce is comfort in a bowl. Try this homemade applesauce recipe.

80. Play a game of solitaire

Use real cards too.

81. Elevate your feet

The action of putting your feet up helps calm the mind and aids the body in relaxing.

82. Try some dark chocolate

Yay for chocolate! Research shows that people that eat dark chocolate, have lower levels of stress. If you’re having a chocolate bar, limit this indulgence to two squares of 70% dark chocolate per day.

You can also try a cup of this delicious chocolate flaxseed pudding or these dark chocolate raspberry truffles.

83. Take a whiff of vanilla extract

The aroma alone is enough to make you melt.

84. Read a devotional

The very things that people read are linked with invoking anxiety and fear. Put it down, and reach for a devotional instead.

Here are some of the 10 Best Devotionals for Women.

85. Visit a farmers market or open air market

It’s scientifically impossible to see fresh fruits and vegetables in an open air market and not experience relaxation.

86. Put on a fluffy robe

If you don’t have a fluffy white robe, you ought to fix that right now. Buy a fluffy white robe.

87. Go bird watching

When going bird watching you’ll need a pair of binoculars to go with too.

88. Pick up your camera and photograph nature (flowers/animals/plants/food)

You don’t have to be a professional to make this work. Just photograph a subject that can’t talk back.

89. Explore origami

Even a novice won’t be overwhelmed when making this beautiful paper butterfly.

90. Go star gazing

Watching the sky light up at night is a feast for the eyes and the soul. If you’re fortunate enough to see stars at night where you live, take advantage. If not, plan a trip to the country to go star gazing soon.

92. Take on a new project

The key is to make sure that it’s not too stressful. It could be a new hobby complete with some supportive friends.

93. Go to Bed

There is no substitute for a good night’s sleep. So go to bed on time and have a good night’s sleep.

94. Watch water flow

There’s something very therapeutic about observing moving water. Whether it is a waterfall, a stream or a filling tub, keep your eyes on the water and feel the tension release.

95. Create a spa experience at home

Whether you’re just avoiding the spa right now or saving your coins, there are things you can so to enjoy a relaxing spa experience at home. Read this post to find out more: 4 Budget Friendly Products for a Spa Experience at Home

96. Sit in front of a fire

A wood burning fire is ideal but, if you don’t have access to one a gas fireplace or stick on incense will do just fine.

97. Sudoku

Mind games work wonders for relaxation. Online games can be addicting so stick to the paper and pencil variety.

98. Take a Nap

Research has shown that as little as a 30 minute nap can give you what you need.

99. Detox

Some people have a hard time relaxing and they have no idea why. It turns out that genetics and body chemistry may have something to do with it. If your body has a hard time breaking down or excreting certain hormones and end products, they can end up wreaking havoc on your ability to relax.

That’s where detox comes in. Breathwork, sweating and waste excretion are some ways to relax. Cilantro can help if you’re having issues with heavy metals.

Talk to a natural health practitioner or naturopath about exploring detox. Make my cilantro detox juice.

100. Limit Artificial Blue Night

Artificial blue light can be devastating to relaxation. Limit it by installing blue light apps on your phones, lap top and desktop computers. Investing in blue light glasses may also work.

100 Easy Ways to Relax Without Alcohol

People are juggling so many things these day. Back to school, work from home, the loss of loved ones, income loss and so much more. In the midst of it all, and for those that need it, I hope that these tips help you and your loved ones.

There are many tips on the internet on how to relax without alcohol. But, everything is not everybody. In writing a post filled with 100 Easy Ways to Relax Without Alcohol, I hope that you find at least a few tips you can use on your journey.

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Here are some naturally non-alcoholic beverages that you may like:

Best Molasses Milk

Caribbean Ginger Beer

Pineapple Ginger Cooler

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Original;: September 1 2021

Updated for content: December 23, 2023

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