Other ways to say “relax”
This is the time when many of us are feeling stressed and overworked and I suppose we should look for ways to relax. We can go for a walk or a swim if the weather is nice, we can do some yoga or just hang out with friends and family. In that sense, let’s look at some vocabulary related to relaxation.
- CHILL OUT
- WIND DOWN
- TAKE IT EASY
- SLOW DOWN
- PUT YOUR FEET UP
- MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
Sometimes, you do some hard work or spend some time working, get tired, and need to ‘chill out’, which means relaxing.
- After four hours of work, I think we should take a break and chill out a bit.
- Chill out, Jack! You shouldn’t be working that hard on this heat.
This informal expression is made up of words: chill + relax. We normally use it to invite someone to relax, to take a rest, etc.
- Chillax, Sandy! The train is not coming in the next half an hour.
- I have a great plan. I’m going to chillax on the beach all day. It’s so hot.
If you unwind, then you relax after something that made you tense.
- Going to the gym after work helps me unwind a great deal.
- Music always helps me to unwind.
Wind down is a phrasal verb referring to gradual relaxation after work or a period of worry and stress.
- I like to wind down by the TV after work.
- My mum found it difficult to wind down after the earthquake.
TAKE IT EASY
We usually say to people to take it easy when we think they are too dramatic or stressed or if we just want them to relax and not worry about anything.
I think you should take it easy for the weekend. See you on Monday!
I told my mum to take it easy and stop worrying about everything.
Slow down means being less active and stressed and relax more.
- The doctor told Michael to slow down if he wants to stay in good health.
- “You’ve been too busy recently. You should slow down a bit.” “You’re right. I might go fishing or do some yoga.
PUT YOUR FEET UP
If you put your feet up, you sit or lie, with your feet supported on something and relax.
- Now when we finished the work in the garden, we can put our feet up and watch a movie.
- I’ve been working all day. Now it’s time for me to put my feet up and rest for a while.
MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
When people come round for a visit, we usually tell them to make themselves at home, which means to relax and feel as comfortable as if they were at their own home. It’s a very welcoming expression.
- Come on in! Sit on the sofa and make yourselves at home.
- Hi, Susana. make yourself at home. Would you like a cup of coffee?
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