What do you do to relax?

November 3, 2009 12:31pm CST
I am under quite a bit of stress and pressure in the moment. So I try to take as much time as I possibly can for myself. In order to relax I take nice hot baths. Lie down in the dark listening to music. Read a good book. What mindless TV. What do you do to relax?
10 responses
@Staraven (160)
• United States
6 Nov 09
Meditation is extremely helpful if I'm seriously stressed. In other situations, I just try to find a good, quiet area to lie down and relax for a few moments. Mindless TV + Hot Chocolate helps too, haha.
8 Nov 09
Ohh, hot chocolate. Absolutely. It has something comforting about it - not sure why.
@Staraven (160)
• United States
9 Nov 09
Well, hot milk has been said for quite some time to be comforting. And chocolate is supposed to release some sort of chemical that makes you think you're happy/in love/whatever. So combine the two and it's a win-win, lol.
@ilyzium (1204)
• Canada
3 Nov 09
Hi, There are a few things that I do, from taking a hot bath and relaxing listening to music, to having a strenuous workout which surprisingly after you've worked out hard and are exhausted, really works to de stress you. Yoga often works, taking a walk outside in nature is great for that. Not only are you with nature breathing in the air, but you're listening to all the birds chirping, etc. I have this one friend that stressed me out so much that I've told her that I've left the country for a few mos so I do know what stress is.
5 Nov 09
You have a point with the workout. I dance in a group and you are so focused on your steps that you forget your worries. And afterwards you are just tired!
@ilyzium (1204)
• Canada
5 Nov 09
Yup I find exercise to be about the number one way to relax, at least for me that is.
• United States
5 Nov 09
I love to go to my room, where it is quiet and away from everyone, and I will read a book. I like to read a book that is going to really capture my interest and take my mind off of everything so I do frequently re-read great books. And just really calms me down and relaxes me, and sometimes I will read for hours and look at the time and just be amazed at how fast it went by, and how much happier I feel.
5 Nov 09
That's why I like to read. I get absorbed in the story and forget my own troubles for a bit.
@RachelleNH (1408)
• United States
4 Nov 09
I love to take hot baths also! I sometimes will read in the bath. I also surf the net, play games (mainly Vampire Wars on facebook), float in the pool or just lay on the couch and watch the tube. If I'm stressed and I want a change of scenery, I'll take a drive with no set destination or go for a walk around our scenic neighborhood-they say excercise is the best destresser! Au Revoir
5 Nov 09
Going for a drive is a nice idea. I can imagine a change of scenery is useful at times.
@fan_philo (231)
• India
4 Nov 09
I like to swim and go for long walks wheni am stressed or i listen to music thats all.
5 Nov 09
Exercise can be destressing because it occupies your mind. Good point.
@ianina (25)
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
Get lots of sleep! :) Go out with friends..talk to people I love..and, play with my dogs. Dogs are effective stress-busters.
5 Nov 09
I don't have animals, but I can imagine dogs can help to overcome stress. They don't care you are stressed and want your attention. And they are cute!
• China
4 Nov 09
in the past,when i felt stressful,i would go shopping and buy a lot of unnecessary stuffs,and now,i will stay alone,just think and write,to write down the things that trouble me and throw them,and it works.
5 Nov 09
Writing can relax, absolutely. I never found shopping very relaxing. That's probably a good thing for my purse!
@EARLZHAN (934)
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
I sleep to overcome from stress. I think its the best way to relax your mind and body. But sometime I am use to watch movies especially commedy movies to relax and forget some worries for a while.
5 Nov 09
Good idea! But I usually need to de-stress first before I can fall asleep.
• Italy
3 Nov 09
I usually do a few thing to relax. Lie down in the dark is one of these, maybe with a relaxing music in the background. Otherwise, a good hot bath/shower can help too. Even just stay in the bed without doing nothing (still in the dark) is relaxing to me.
5 Nov 09
Good point. A hot batch can be relaxing. It takes your mind off things,keeps you lovely warm and makes you sleepy.
• India
3 Nov 09
hey i think no one will say this is what they do to relax.. but to relax i will switch on my ssytem and do some surfing ..so that i can get relaxed... to relax there should be a system for me...