Creating your evening relaxation toolkit

(Or how to deal with sundowning or an early evening slump)


After a busy day, our energy levels can dip, and our minds and bodies need time to readjust to the idea of relaxation. Whether you call it sundowning or simply an early evening slump, transistioning into a peaceful evening can benefit from a well-thought-through plan. I hope the following suggestions can help you build your own evening relaxation toolkit.

Change into comfortable clothes

When you arrive home, change out of your work or going-out clothes and into something comfortable. This simple act sends a powerful message to your brain that it’s time to unwind.

Establish a routine

Consitency matters. Regular eating and sleeping patterns can significantly improve how you feel. Consider having a light snack when you first get home, followed by something nice for your dinner. Avoid caffeine in the evening to ensure a restful sleep.

Sip a soothing drink

Prepare a hot drink that suits your taste. Mint tea, liquorice tea or decaf builders’ tea are all great choices. The warmth and aroma can be incredibly calming.

Prioritise self-care

Treat yourself as kindly as you do your loved ones. Build in moments of self-care. Maybe it’s a few minutes of meditation, a warm bath, or simply sitting quietly with a cup of tea.

Dive into stories

Consider subscribing to your local library’s free audiobook service. Audiobooks allow you to immerse yourself in captivating tales, and looking forward to the next part of the story can be wonderful. Explore short stories and poetry collections too.

Explore radio shows and podcasts

BBC Sounds offers an array of radio shows, including comedy and thought-provoking discussions. Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra have fascinating content to explore. Additionally podcasts cover a wide range of topics – from education to pure silliness. Find what suits your mood.

Rediscover hobbies

Remember those hobbies you used to enjoy? Knitting, jigsaw puzzles, drawing, or colouring can be wonderfully relaxing. Revisit them and see if they still bring you joy.


In the hustle and bustle of life, don’t forget to be kind to yourself. Once you’ve created you evening relaxation toolkit, put it somewhere visible, as a reminder when you most need it. On the fridge, maybe?

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