How do you relax after a hard day at work, housework or school?

Relaxation techniques - How to relax.
United States
August 22, 2007 8:36pm CST
Well I finally did get that job I thought I didn't get and after working only part time 4 days a week 5 hours a day I come home totally exhausted and every bone in my body is screaming! I guess it doesn't help that I haven't worked in ten years and all of a sudden here I am on my feet all these hours afters spending all my time sitting in front of my pc at home!Thankfully a couple of times a week the new guy in my life meets me after work and when we get to my apartment he does a great job massaging my neck and shoulders and feet and legs. Today I actually fell asleep while he was doing it! The days he doesn't come over I usually jump into a steaming hot bathtub of bubbles and just lay there relaxing...and I hate taking baths but this is awesome!What do you do to relax when you get home from work or at the end of a hard day of taking care of your house/apartment or going to classes at school?
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
after work, I usually relax by surfing the net or watching the tv or having a laugh with my officemates by sharing funny and stupid stories. LOL but oftentimes, I usually watch tv. it relaxes me so much that it helps me get into sleep. ^__^
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
hey look! the first 3 of us has a blue star! isn't it cute? ^__^ *peace*
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• United States
23 Aug 07
I've tried getting on the pc after work but I'm usually too exhausted. Yes your right about those blue stars...lol
• United States
29 Dec 07
I apparently need to do a better job checking around to look for duplicate questions. I just asked this question. On the same note, my husband gives me a great massage every now and then. It is wonderful. I would take more bubble baths if our tub held water better. The strange thing is it holds lots of water while you are showering and runs out while you are taking a bath.
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• United States
29 Dec 07
lol...since this is sooo old I really wouldn't call it a duplicate question! I was surprised to see it revived.
@lantisb3 (114)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
After work I usually take a warm bath and then play with my son to relieve stress and when he is asleep I play my psp and catch up on my gaming.heheheh! after all the games and playing with my son I spend time with my wife and that relives stress the most!
• United States
25 Aug 07
Playing with kids is an awesome stress reliever as far as I'm concerned!
@ashar123 (2359)
• India
23 Aug 07
All people are not alike. Everyone has their level of relaxing. Some are relaxed by getting a massage. In my opinion, massage is also a kind of addiction in which if you develop this habit as your relaxing out, then you are addicted to it and you have to have it even daily. I work full time for 9 and a half hours daily, come home and relax by watching TV, laying down for half an hour and then have dinner. After dinner, I watch TV till 11 PM, then I stay online, checking my e-mails and replying to discussions till 2 to 3 AM. You can say I am working on MyLot as part time worker. At almost 2 or 3 AM I go to bed as I have to get up till 8:30 AM in the morning. Have breakfast, take a bath and get ready to go to work till 10:00 AM. Busy working day and I work 6 days a week with only Sunday as holiday.
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• United States
25 Aug 07
You are so right. I could never stay up until 2 or 3 am and get up in the morning when I had to!
• United States
23 Aug 07
I relax by exercising. Now, this may sound crazy because you could be asking yourself how someone could exercise after a long day at work whether on your feet or whatever it is your job requires you to do. I submit that exercising regularly will give you more energy in the long run - plus it is a good stress or anxiety reliever. It doesn't have to be anything too strenuous. It could be a short walk in the fresh air or simple yoga exercises. Whatever, it is your unwinding session and helps the body and mind. That's how I relax.
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• United States
25 Aug 07
I know you are right! Exercise is supposed to be a good way to relax and relieve stress and anxiety.
@eprado (1473)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
After a hard days work when I get home, I usually went straight to my room and cool myself down by sitting with my feet up to relax while watching tv. Then I feed my fishes in the aquarium and watch them swim to follow my hand, its very relaxing seeing the feed and swim around. :-)
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• United States
25 Aug 07
They say aquariums are great relaxation helpers!
• United States
23 Aug 07
Oh when I get home I like to kick back and watch some t.v. I am a mom so i cook about 5 days a week and sometimes I will play the sims 2 with my kids. I love video games and watching tv when american idol is on and also so you think you can dance.
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• United States
25 Aug 07
It's always great to be able to play pc games with the kids isn't it?
• United States
23 Aug 07
The best way for me is just coming home and watching tv or playing games, or going on a bike ride.
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• United States
25 Aug 07
I especially like the bike ride! Sounds like fun to me.
• India
23 Aug 07
We can just play. Playing is an excelent tool for relaxing. Let us enjoy playing and get good physics
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• United States
25 Aug 07
I do my playing on the pc of course and enjoy it immensely!
@Sharon38 (1915)
• Jamaica
23 Aug 07
When I am exhausted I get a good bathe and put in a cd and lie on the couch. I may or may not fall asleep but I always feel refreshed after doing this. Oh, my daughter will sit and massage me too until I fall asleep. I love this part of relaxation more than anything else because she is mine and makes me feel so loved and comfortable.
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• United States
25 Aug 07
There is nothing better than a child to help us feel loved and comfortable. My son used to be great for that when he was small.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
23 Aug 07
For me, sitting down with a tall glass of ice water in front of my computer and surfing aimlessly is my relaxation! I sometimes add music to the mix, but not always. Coming to myLot, perusing ebay, and things like that are relaxing for me. I am on my feet at my job, so going for a walk or anythng physical is out of the question. I come home ready to SIT! Sometimes the ice water is replaced by a hot cup of green tea.
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• United States
25 Aug 07
If I absolutely HAD to do any walking when I got home it would be close to impossible. Sitting in front of the pc is very relaxing for me too.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I just go home and lay down. Nothing special. Love my cat, though he usually wants to play which is super annoying for me cause I'm like I just got home kitty!!! leave me be a few! Do you enjoy the job?
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• United States
25 Aug 07
I wish I wasn't allergic to cats because I would have at least 2! I love them but hate what they do to me. I love my new job thanks!
@sunshinecup (7880)
23 Aug 07
I want to borrow your new guy!!!! Man that massage deal you have sounds wonderful! Me, I come home and zone out on Mylot for about half an hour before I do anything else. That really helps to shake the blahs from the day. I have that “me time” with a nice hot cup of coffee before I set in on fixing dinner, helping with homework and getting things ready for the next day. Then after all that is done, I go out and have a seat on the porch swing and watch the sun go down. That is always nice in it’s self. At the end of the day I have a soak in a nice hot bubble bath, then last before I crawl into bed I do some light yoga which greatly helps in removing the stress from my mind and body before sleep.
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• United States
25 Aug 07
I'll trade him for that porch swing! lol....and probably everything around it.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I am a homemaker, Babysit five of my grandkids four days a week and often nights. When they go down. I make a cup of hot coffee, cocoa or tea or sometimes a Black Cow with Kalua and relax and watch some T.V or read. If I read I often fill the tub with scented bath oils and hot water as hot as I can stand and soak and read for as long as the water is warm.
• United States
23 Aug 07
Sounds like a plan for me. Now I have to start getting used to taking baths because I hate them.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
23 Aug 07
If its a real stressful day, I'll take an hour bath. I follow the bath up with warm milk or tea or possibly a fruit smoothie or vegetable juice. Either that or I'll just go to sleep very early. Not just go to sleep, but take out the real comfortable pillows, nice and thick and place those along with my regular pillows so I can relax my shoulders, neck, head and back. I find that to be a good unwinder too.
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• United States
23 Aug 07
I find myself fighting to stay awake until a normal bedtime and that's a lot of work!
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
23 Aug 07
It's great to hear that you did eventually get the job, ctry. You should be back in the swing in little or no time. It has been quite a few years since I was in the work force and most of my days are not too stressful. When I do have a rough day, though, the bubble bath treatment works for me. It seems to allow all of the tension to drain slowly out of your body. By the time I get into bed I am so relaxed that my eyes will close and I'll drift off to sleep without a second thought.
• United States
23 Aug 07
Yes, I'm thrilled that I got it buy these old bones aren't so happy! lol...
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I usually sit for a fet minutes drinking a diet coke then take a 15 minute power nap and I am good for the rest of the day.
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• United States
23 Aug 07
Power naps always work for me. Instead of soda a good cup of coffee always helps too.
@nickventere (1423)
• Zambia
29 Dec 07
The first thing I do to relax, I pick up the day's newspaper and recline in my couch. I call for a glass of my lager, Castle. Wifey ardently and efficiently sets it on my side table, and my 5 year-old daughter automatically and diligently surrenders the satelite tv remote control. As i take reflective andsuculent swigs at the lager, while reading here and there, I also listen to the tv news and effortlessly switch between channels in time for the live soccer match. how laxative it is to watch Manchester United carry the day. My day is done.
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• Philippines
29 Dec 07
I usually relax by playing computer games, sleeping, reading books that I find interesting, hanging out with my friends, or eating my favorite foods.
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• United States
29 Dec 07
After a hard and stressful day, I would sit down on my computer and turn on some soft music and think about all those good times I had with my hubby, family and kids, sometimes I would take a long jetted bubble bath or meditated which ever I felt like that day and it helps a lot...worries and stress only adds gray hair and wrinkles don't need any of those...YIKES...
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