Here are the five things that work for me:
5. Trashy entertainment
When I'm writing, I don't want any Oscar-worthy documentaries or prize-winning pieces of literature or anything else of quality. My brain is too spent to process any of that. Give me Katy Perry songs, or books intended for children, or America's Next Top Model. Attractive people fighting over stupid things? Yes, please. Brain... off.
4. Things that smell nice
There's a reason so many stress relief products involve scents. Smell is the most evocative of the senses, so a whiff of something fresh can transport you to a faraway meadow where there are no troubles...
3. Comfort food
Yum. One bite of something sugary or fatty or salty - or all three - send the mind into happy-land.
Both in real life and on the Internet. Something about those little bundles of fuzz is just so comforting.
Ever wonder why so many writers are alcoholics? Booze does wonders for quieting that incessant little red pen in your head.*
*Please don't become an alcoholic.