Take it easy

relax and stay calm

If you relaxed over the weekend, then you took it easy. We use the expression "take it easy" in two ways. First, you can use it to say that you relaxed and did not do any difficult or tiring activities. Second, you can use it to say that you remained calm or avoided situations that could have caused stress or anger. "Take it easy" can be conjugated in the past, present, and future.

You can use this expression to describe your behavior, or as a casual way to say good bye to someone at the end of a conversation. It can also be used to tell someone to calm down and control their emotions. However, this usage can sometimes be considered too direct depending on how well you know the person. For example:

  • I injured my knee playing basketball so I have to take it easy until it heals.
  • Bye, Laura! Take it easy. I hope to see you again soon.

A. Ugh! I’m so mad. I've just spilled sauce all over my new white shirt.
B. Take it easy. There’s no reason to get upset. If you wash it as soon as you get home, it won’t leave a stain.

Did you know? If you use this expression to tell someone to calm down, it is often interpreted as a command, so it can come off strong. It is best to save this usage for friends and family.