What do you do to relax?

@rosie_123 (6116)
January 26, 2007 6:11am CST
Life is very stressful these days - busy jobs, traffic jams, looking after the kids and working as well - so we all need to relax and "de-stress" sometimes. Some people listen to music, others go to the gym, others read. My way to relax is just to lock myself in the bathroom and lie in a long, hot bath scented with lavendar for an hour - it really calms me down! So how do you relax when you've had a bad day?
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@MrNiceGuy (4143)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I usually just get into some comfortable clothes and watch TV or a movie with a nice snack and drink. Sometimes I'll chill in a friends basement and enjoy some more adult relaxation and watch a movie or football game.
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@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
Just hope your team wins or it could cause you more stress! LOL! Most of the guys I know get very upset when their team loses! Thanks for your answer.
@MrNiceGuy (4143)
• United States
27 Jan 07
hahhaa, nah I'm pretty laid back, I don't really pick teams and don't really care if my team loses. I used to play, and personal skill is all that matters, not how hard you can root for someone.
26 Jan 07
I relax in various ways, it all depends on how i'm feeling. If i've had a really stressful and hectic day then I usually relax through spending some quiet time meditating and then listening to some relaxing music, or sitting quietly and reading a book. The alternative to this (if i'm feeling rich) is a takeaway, lots of chocolate and a video. If i'm in a bad mood then I usually find that releasing the pent up energy by exercising helps me to relax.
@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
Ah yes - chocolate! I think most women do that sometimes! I will eat choclate anytime any place anywhere - thanks for your answer.
• Canada
27 Jan 07
Chocolate is not just for women, us guys like it too.YUM.
@addy4all (638)
• India
26 Jan 07
i take a quick nap and go for a long drive or i listen to music.....
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@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
Thanks for your answer - I agree that sleeping is always good:-))
• Romania
27 Jan 07
This is are good relaxing things to do.
@sechsey (1834)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
There's only a few choices here for me to relax. There are no jacuzzis or a hot shower, only cold here by the way. I have no bathtub lol Life in the Philippines. So what I do is go to my room, relax in my bed with a good book and a soft music in the background. No noise, no dog barking, no one around the area to annoy me.. Safe and away in my room. Sometimes too i go out and do window shopping and then eat even by myself. That still relaxes me :)
@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
Thanks fir your answer. I agree that being alone and quiet can sometimes relax us a lot. Life is always so noisy and hectic - it is nice to be totally quiet.
• United States
27 Jan 07
I think when i need relax and move then freely
• Singapore
27 Jan 07
Good question. By the time I get home on weekdays, it is also quite late. So I have dinner, then rest. I guess the best remedy is to sleep it off. I also listen to classical music. Studies have shown that classical music helps plants to grow better. Rock music actually kills the plant.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Bubble Baths - so refreshing and sooooo relaxing
Am like you a hot bubble bath does it for me but since we moved the tub here sucks so not very relaxing. So now I just curl up and watch an old movie. I just love to watch b/w movies.
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@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
I love the old black and white movies too - I could watch "Casablanca or anything with Humphrey Bogart over and over again! Thanks for posting.
@jynt_aa (154)
• India
26 Jan 07
generally people go out for a peaceful walk with their mates or close themselves in a room for pacifying the low sound music into their ears. i would prefer the latter option as i am yet to find my mate(lolz). but a peaceful walk is more better and soothing for your body. is it not?
@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
Walking is very good for you - yes - for your body and your mind. And I'm sure you will find your mate one day soon! Thanks for your answer.
@ashjoe76 (1434)
• India
26 Jan 07
Music does the de-stressing job for me, mostly. Another very effective way for me to get away from all the stress is to take a day off and read a good novel, relaxing as much as possible. This may not sound good for many of you, but it works well for me.
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@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
If it works for you then - that is all that matters:-)Thanks for your response.
@ntejani17 (742)
• Pakistan
26 Jan 07
If i have had a bad day i go to Sea view to relaxing my self . The sound of sea waves give me a calm attitude . and whole of the stress comes down. Also i also take bath for relaxation.
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@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
I love the sea too. You are lucky that you live near enough to go. I used to live by the sea, but now I am a couple of hours' drive away so can only go at weekends. Thanks for answering.
• Indonesia
26 Jan 07
i ussualy go to sleep or go fishing. it helps me a lot
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• Canada
27 Jan 07
I forgot about fishing-good one. It is winter here but not enough ice to go Ice fishing so I have to wait.
@dbeast (1498)
• India
26 Jan 07
The best way i love to relax after a bad day is under a lon shower .after that i would love to listen to some music and play the guitar.there is nothing more relaxing than playing the guitar and listening to music.i like working out too when i am frustrated and angry.it helps relieve the tension.
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@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
I love music too, though I am not talented enough to play an instrument myself. Glad it helps you. Thanks for postng.
@yamiboo (466)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
Having 2 kids, I don't know the meaning of relaxing, haha. Kidding aside, my idea of relaxing is having an "alone" or a "myself" time, where I don't have to tend for my kids for even just a few minutes: either to take a long shower, have a meal where I dont have to rush, or doing my hobbies like scrapbooking, watching dvd, surfing the net or just laying down on the bed without being disturbed. A few minutes is enough.
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@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
Yes - having "me" time is very important. I think a lot of women miss out on it vecause of work and family cmmitments- but - as you say - it really only needs a few minutes. Thanks for your answer.
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
i meditate and submit to the sound of bossa nova while in the white light of a tibetan incense stick. meditation is the best way to de-stress and unwind for it releases all your negative vibes leaving you with the deepest sense of inner peace. you should try it. and feel light from within. =) but be careful.
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@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
Thanks for your response.
@brimia (6582)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I'll usually try to exercise to release some tension. I like to listen to relaxation CDs, read, and drink chamomile tea.
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@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
Yes I have heard that camomile tea has very good relaxation properties - the same as lavendar. Thanks for your answer.
• United States
26 Jan 07
That's a very good question. I have three children and i can tell you one thing it's very hard to relax. Somethings that i do, are: taking a long shower/bath, reading a book, doing a puzzle, or even playing a game on the computer.
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@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
Thanks. And I see you are another person with 3 young chldren! They must be so rewarding but, at the same time, - so much hard work. I'm glad you still have time to come here and find sometime for yourself though. Thanks for posting.
@muse02 (213)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Relaxing? What's that? The most relaxation that I get is taking a ten minute shower in the morning before my three little ones decide to wake up. I have a two month old, a fourteen month old, and a three year old. They are a huge handful! But to "de-stress" I don't get that.
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@rosie_123 (6116)
26 Jan 07
Oh my! Three children under the age of 3! That must be so hard - and you have my utmost admiration. You ought to try and make some time for yourself though - we all need that! Though I do understand how hard it must ne for you. Thanks for postng.
@pix_trix (447)
• India
27 Jan 07
whenever i feel the need to de-stress myself.. i just lay down on my bed at night.. and jus try to relax in the silence of the night! meditate for some time.. then i put on my favorite piece of music on my discman..and try to sleep and forget all my thoughts and worries! it really helps!
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• Philippines
27 Jan 07
To be able to relax after such a bad day, I lay in bed. Sometimes, I listen to music. Sometimes, I just go out to the balcony and gaze at the stars.
@raghwagh (1528)
• India
27 Jan 07
For relaxing I play with my pets.I talk with my mother many times it feels me good and relax.Also some times I just go for a long waly for an hour or so, it feels me happy and relaxed.If nothing is possible I just sit and watch cartoon or some suspense movie or serial.Or I just watch some TV program.This makes me relax.
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• India
27 Jan 07
To realx i generally go to y beloved and chat with her for sometime... even if its on phone it fills me with a lot of energy and am as fresh as new. And if she is not free or any other problem then i turn towards music for thats the next thing that sooths my mind.
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