This may be just a naive/dumb question, but how do you relax when you’ve got a really stressful file? I’m a junior and I’ve been putting in ~10ish billable hours a day recently, which is more than I’m used to. The evenings (post-8pm) are generally my time to decompress - read a book, watch dumb tv, whatever - but it’s been all work lately until 10 or 11pm and I struggle to go straight from work to bed. Any insight on what everyone else does?

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Wine.

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Honestly I've started reading trashy romance novels.

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Stretching while watching my trash tv has actually really helped. It gets the kinks out from sitting all day, but is not stimulating as I need to be able to get as much sleep as I can despite working late

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I'm the same - I watch TV or read.

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Peloton, calling friends, late night walks, cuddling dog, puzzles,

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I just try to make the most of that hour or so I have of free time before I go to bed. I work out early In the morning so I’ve already gotten that out of way and just got watch an hour of TV. These types days usually don’t last too long for me, so I try to just push through hoping I’ll get a reprieve eventually.

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Do a quick meditation (calm app) watch shorter form visual entertainment (TikTok) and take a hot shower with Lush SLEEPY body wash. I try for about 20 minutes of wind down between work and bed so I don’t take all my stress with me to bed.

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Take a pill

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1000 x skipping ropes, then a game of FIFA with G&T in hand.

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Intense exercise for 20 ish minutes. (I like the jump rope idea.)

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Take a walk and listen to a podcast about happiness

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Thanks, everyone! There are some really great suggestions in here that I’ll try, much appreciated.

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