What do you do to unwind? What's your favorite way to relax?

Relaxing Rain - Splish splash
United States
November 26, 2008 6:40am CST
We all have different lives and live in different cultures and environments. I'm interested in knowing what we all do to relax, unwind, chill, mellow out. For me it's all about the serenity of silence and sometimes solitude. I like reading a good book. What the book is about depends upon the mood I'm in. I also love listening to classical music. Gregorian chants are another favorite. Rain also does wonders for easing my mind. How about you?
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@funnycole (392)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I take a walk on the beach early in the morning before it's too crowded. Watching the birds, gulls and listening to the ocean soothe my soul.
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• United States
30 Nov 08
Hi my old friend and I don't mean age LOL. OMG yes I love a quiet walk on the beach on a breezy morning. Being there with the birds, gulls, occasional treasure seeker and the ocean is one of the most relaxing places I can imagine. ‹(°¿°)›
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• United States
30 Nov 08
Well, when I am upset about something, and I doubt if anyone does this but me lol, but I tend to watch my DVD set of the last season of Sailor Moon. Something about watching them tends to calm me. It may be the problems that they go through are way less than mine, or it may be the girly girl anime that sets me at ease. When I am not able to do that, I like to listen to rock music, mostly the stuff that is used as entrance music for WWE wrestlers. Sometimes yelling along with them takes all the frustration out of me.
• United States
1 Dec 08
That sounds cool to me. A friend of mine here on myLot is also a huge Sailor Moon fan. I think that's an interesting way to unwind. There are some things on TV I watch to relax also. Listening to the entrance music to the WWE superstars is a unique form of therapy. I've watched the WWE from time to time and agree it can be a good release. ‹(°¿°)›
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• United States
1 Dec 08
Yeah, there's something about yelling along with those guys. By the time you are finished, you don't have the energy to be angry or upset lol.
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@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
26 Nov 08
Well ever since my hubby hooked up my whirlpool tub that is my newest method to relax and having three kids i need to relax alot.
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• United States
26 Nov 08
Hehehe. That reminds me of an old commercial. "Calgon, take me away." When the mom/housewife needs her escape. I think your hubby is a smart man. I'm sure he knows if you're happy and relaxed then so will he be. Or as I say. "So goes a woman's mood, so goes the house." LOL ‹(°¿°)›
• United States
26 Nov 08
Grrrrr it did it again. I think I need the whirlpool tub. LOL ‹(°¿°)›
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
26 Nov 08
I take a nice long hot bath to relax. I am going to try to take some yoga classes that is really suppose to relax you too they are teaching them at my local YMCA now. I like to curl up in a chair and read a book to relax too or play games on the computer. There are alot of relaxing things you can do.
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• United States
26 Nov 08
Oh yeahhhh. A nice long hot bath sounds good, maybe with some scented candles. I'm in good shape but I think I'd permanently damage myself if I tried yoga. I'm with you when it comes to a good book. I too like to play some games on the computer. More specifically at, myYearbook.com. ‹(°¿°)›
• United States
26 Nov 08
Grrrrr. I hate when that happens to my responses. I need that bath. Hehehe. ‹(°¿°)›
@dodo19 (34300)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
29 Nov 08
To unwind, one thing I do is to read. It's an activity that helps me relax. A second that helps me unwind is to some mediation, relaxation or breathing exercises. These are two things that help me a lot.
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• United States
29 Nov 08
I totally agree with reading. A good book can put me in some of the most wonderful moods. I haven't tried meditation but someone close to me has suggested it which has made me consider trying it. ‹(°¿°)›
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
28 Nov 08
I like reading a book also to relax. I usally read at night before I go to sleep. I also like listening to classical music. Rain relaxs me also as long as it's not thundering and lighting.
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• United States
29 Nov 08
Yeah a good book at night is wonderful. You know what's funny? When at times you're reading and you start to drift off and forget what you just read. I totally know what you're saying about thunder and lightning. As long as I'm home I don't think about the lightning but here in Florida the thunder can become ear drum shattering, UGH. ‹(°¿°)›
@rrowenaa (834)
• Philippines
27 Nov 08
That's true. I want silence when i really feel exhausted. i want the presence of my breathe only. Another ways are chillin on the couch, watchin a good show, eating my favorite chips then sleep. It's good to sleep while the rain pitter pattering on your roof and there's a scented candle overhead...how relaxing. Now, take a deep breath.
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• United States
29 Nov 08
Oh golden silence how sweet it is. Yes a good show and my favorite snack relaxes me also. I agree there's not much better than rain pitter pattering on a roof. I'm feeling relaxed just thinking about it. ‹(°¿°)›
@Nhey16 (2519)
• Philippines
27 Nov 08
well, if i wanted to relax, i just listen to music, I prefer Enya, Celtic Women, Josh Groban and Gregorian Chants, but i also listen to some other songs.
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• United States
27 Nov 08
Hey I completely understand. Whatever music works for whatever mood you're in or would like to be in. I forgot about Celtic Women. That's good stuff. Josh is smooth as silk but I haven't had much of a chance to listen to him. ‹(°¿°)›
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
I usually sleep. I mean, it would always refresh me after I get an ample of sleep. Somehow sleeping is therapeutic for me.
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• United States
26 Nov 08
I totally agree. Nothing better than a good sleep. Especially if I've been dreaming. I'm quite a vivid dreamer. Even nightmares are fun for me in a warped sort of way LOL. ‹(°¿°)›
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
26 Nov 08
I usually have to have some good music on in the background and incense burning usually give you a peaceful aroma to be surrounded by to. I've always been comforted enshrouded in smoke for some reason as well. My real way to relax is playing bass or guitar or expressing myself in some way. Reading, writing, or drawing are all great ways of relaxation for me.
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• United States
26 Nov 08
Oh wow I haven't burned incense in years! I forgot all about the wonderful place it used to put me with music playing. Playing your own instrument I'm sure is so soothing. Good for you. All power to your writing and drawing skills. I used to do a lot of both but my work is of a creative nature and I'm pretty burned out on that hopefully momentarily. I sure hope you share your creativeness with others. The biggest mistake we can make is to keep it hidden. ‹(°¿°)›
@teshavill (278)
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
When I really want to unwind,I usually go to my favorite hill here in our place,sometimes I go biking in a picnic ground,goins to a spa and have a good massage which relaxes my muscle pains too.When it comes to music,I really love listening to the music of Gregorian chants,Josh Groban,Enya.They're so subdued and serene.
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• United States
26 Nov 08
Great stuff teshavill. I need to try a spa. I've wanted to but simply never found the time when it has been on my mind. I've only listened to two of Enya's pieces. One I believe is Orinoco Flow. I'll go and have more of a listen a little later. ‹(°¿°)›