What do you do for relaxation?

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  1. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    There are so many things one can do for relaxation. Here are some that I do (not at the same time, obviously). What about you?

    Visit FS universe :)

    Watch my favorite programs on TV (and turn it off when I don't care for what's on it)

    Meditate (regularly)

    Work out on the treadmill (regularly)

    Swim (in summer)

    Go to a movie

    Go out for dinner for family

    Take an afternoon nap

    Go to Barnes & Noble for a coffee and some reading
  2. oleada

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    Depends on what kind of relaxation I need.

    If I'm upset at myself, or depressed, I tend to do my hair or nails. It relaxes me and makes me feel better.
    If I'm anxious, I tend to clean.
    I try to go to spin class 2x per week. And of course, FSU & watching tv.
  3. Latte

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    Read. I'm boring.
  4. Cachoo

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    Read
    Walk the dog or just walk
    Visit my favorite websites (FS Universe!)
    Continue my lifelong hunt for Christmas ornaments that I love
    Visit antique and book shops
  5. Karina1974

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    Ride my bike - outside if it's "riding season" (which it's not yet, dammit!!), or inside hooked up to a Cycleops trainer
    Take a walk
    Go contra dancing
    Take a drive (with gas prices where they are, the drive is usually to the aforesaid contra dance.
    Watch TV or a movie
    Sleep :)
    Play on my smartphone
  6. ChelleC

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    I'm another boring one, I read.
  7. orbitz7391

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    Read or surf the net
  8. professordeb

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    Read a book or my e-reader.
    Play games on the internet.
    Spend waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much time reading on FSU :D

    My body has been acting up more as I get older so many of the things I used to do, I can't -- like gardening and counted cross stitch.

    Oh yeah, I keep my self occupied by volunteering with two hockey & two lacrosse clubs.
  9. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

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    Read

    Cook

    Watch a good TV program

    Go for a long walk :)

    Go to the movies, for sure. My favorite past-time by far.
  10. dinakt

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    FSU:)
    Long walks, in nature, alone ( and I get uneasy if I cannot have alone/ get away time).
    Treadmill when a hike is not an option.
    Books, audiobooks, stretching.
  11. nubka

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    Read
    Watch a favorite movie
    Wear and enjoy a beautiful perfume
    Drink cocoa on a cold day
    nap
  12. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    I had an interesting conversation with a friend and she brought up something I had never thought about. She said that some people recharge their battery by being with friends and being social while others recharge their batteries by being alone. I am definitely the type of person who likes to spend time alone. So for me, relaxation comes in the form of a good movie and a night on the couch all by myself.

    The other way I relax is by cooking, especially baking. Its funny because the only thing I want to do when I get home is just take a break, sit on the couch, maybe even a nap. However, so many times I come home and find myself cooking for an hour or two and feeling so good even though I never sat down when I walked in the door!
  13. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it's the introvert/extrovert thing. Extroverts gain energy from crowds. Introverts lose energy in crowds.
  14. myhoneyhoney

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    I'm like oleada, it depends on the stress. If I'm feeling down I give myself a mani or play with make up. If I'm really down on myself I color my hair. If my kids are the source I run up to my room, lay down, close my eyes, and take deep breaths. Of course I'm only able to do this for about 2 minutes max then the kids are banging on my door, grrr. For general relaxation I like to listen to a water fountain or read. I ♥ reading.
  15. Ziggy

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    Nothing, I am never relaxed.

    CAN'T YOU TELL?!!!
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  16. Vash01

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    I do recharge my batteries by being alone, but I don't have to make an effort for it. I like reading, but it has never really relaxed me.
  17. paskatefan

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    Read, go for a walk, work out on the treadmill @ the gym, swim, go bike riding, listen to my favorite music
  18. merrywidow

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    I'm 77 so am limited as to what I can & can't do. What I do: write letters (correspond with appx. 65 people worldwide), spend about 2 hours per day on the Internet, read at least 2 books a week, meet friends 3 or 4 times a month for lunch/dinner, watch figureskating & reality shows & documentaries, operas & Downtown Abbey on PBS.
  19. Vash01

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    I forgot to write in my list: A massage is very relaxing. Recently I registered at a massage place to get a monthly massage (or a facial). Oddly pedicure/manicure don't do it for me.
  20. KikiSashaFan

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    It depends what I'm in the mood for. I'm definitely an introvert, but I enjoy going to the gym or yoga classes, going for runs with my dogs or wandering the mall all alone. If I don't feel like going out, then I break out the Seinfeld DVDs. I will never tire of that show.
  21. Simone411

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    Things I do for relaxation:

    I love to read novels.

    I also love to write poetry. I thought about working on a second book, but this one will be a little different. I've decided to write or compose a recipe book with all of my mom's recipes. She kept them in an old school lunch box. It's really neat to go through all of the recipes; some dating back to when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I don't know if I'll consider publishing it or not, but it will be a nice little project in my spare time.

    I love to draw which means I'll probably draw all the illustrations for the recipe book.

    I've also started back with preserving all the figure skating events, shows, competitions that are on my VHS tapes.

    I think all of this alone is enough to keep me occupied for quite awhile.
  22. Marge_Simpson

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    Make jewelry. It's really quite easy (I taught myself from a book) You can make really nice stuff for a fraction of what you'd pay in a store, even if you use real gemstones. You'll find yourself looking at say, a pair of earrings and saying, "$50, you're kidding me, right? I can make those for $5 and they will be nicer than those."

    I also find baking relaxing. My coworkers reap the benefits of that as I don't dare leave sweets lying around my place.
  23. emason

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    Read.
    Needlepoint.
    Take a hot bath.
    (I lead a very quiet life!)
  24. AnnieBgood

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    I'm def. an introvert.
    I like hot baths,
    makeup,
    pinterest,
    period movies,
    swimming in a warm pool,
    Doctor Who,
    and animals help release all those nice endorphin's.
    I wish a book would calm me, but it seems to do the opposite. I was a speed reader before OCD invaded my life. Now, my thoughts are really distracting.
  25. 4rkidz

    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    I have a crazy busy life with a full time job and teaching at the college part time and doing my Thesis so for me to cope its imperative that I have some good ways to relax and they are:

    Nightly baths with various salts, bath bombs (lush)
    Monthly spa visits - massage therapy (covered with health care)
    Reading & listening to my new toy an IPOD touch 5 that has my music
    Certain TV shows (I like Dr. Who to but just at Xmas and when on breaks from school/work)
    Red wine and chocolate.. :)
    I also love travel and having the opportunity to turn off the electronics but life realities are not allowing that right now.. :(

    Also I have found FSU to be very helpful as a nice distraction from life and ultimately the actual figure skating comps both live and online.. because it is so removed from my real world..
  26. BigB08822

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    I love bath bombs from Lush! We have one in our mall and I get everyone gifts there and they all love it. I plan on getting my husband one for his Birthday this week! It's a great way to relax with some soothing music on Pandora.
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  28. Kasey

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    Read
    pilates (going to the gym doesn't relax me, but even though I do cardio pilates, it's relaxing to me)
    get a manicure or massage if the time and $$ are available (those little rare luxuries are nice!)
    In the winter, ski. In the summer, swim or hike
    take a walk (any weather)
    Visit and play with my nieces! :)
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    Smoke pot.
  30. nubka

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    I'm very extroverted, but I definately need my down time.
  31. Ziggy

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    You win the thread. :D
  32. Marge_Simpson

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    I'd probably smoke if I knew where to get some. The last time I bought any, they still had nickel bags. Do they still exist, or is it like $20 now?:lol:
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  33. Japanfan

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    I exercise, I read, I go for walks. But reading doesn't really relax me since I read page-turners. And the walks and exercise help, but I'm really not very good at relaxing. Doing mentally demanding work as a self-employed person and constantly having to meet dead-lines doesn't help, because if I relax, my brain shifts down to a lower gear and that's not always a good thing. Figure skating helps, as does a glass (or three) of wine.

    I'm basically not very good at relaxing. The long walks are the best, and kayaking is excellent too. Figure skating is relaxing to a certain degree, also.

    I'm completely resistant to meditation and have no desire to overcome my resistance. I sit enough as it is. I like to move. Kayaking is as close to meditation as I'm going to get.
  34. Karina1974

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    Is there a term for someone who is a little bit of both? I love my "downtime," being alone and going for solo bike rides for exercise, but.... OTOH, when I go out contra dancing I am often in a crowd of 100+ dancers, and I definitely get energized. When I go to the Lenox, MA dance every 3rd Saturday I'm back on the road to drive home at 11:30 PM, wide awake. Home by 1:00 AM but never in bed before 2:00 'cause I'm just so wide awake.
  35. myhoneyhoney

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    I can't believe I forgot to list one of my faves: knitting!
  36. Simone411

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    "Downtime" being alone is awesome. I missed out on that luxury for a whole year when I was ill. I had to stay at a nursing facility to recuperate and there was hardly ever any privacy because of nurses, CNAs, physical therapists, etc. always checking on me. Of course, it was their job to do that. But the thought of having privacy hardly existed and the only place I found privacy was in the bathroom.

    Privacy is so wonderful, and I've extremely enjoyed it since I've been home. It's definitely a pleasure to be able to walk around in my birthday suit whenever I get the notion to do so. ;) :lol:
  37. Wiery

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    Bikram yoga or heated power yoga.
  38. Bailey_

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    I've really enjoyed reading everyone's posts... gives me good ideas...

    For me - I'm definitely an introvert but I also enjoy spending time with friends. I spend most of my time...
    Knitting
    working with photos -- scrapbooking and organizing my photos
    Watching favorite shows or movies
    reading
    listening to music
    cuddling with my dog
    going for a walk
  39. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Drawing and painting (to add to my list)
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    I started with jigsaw puzzles a little over a year ago. I had the basement finished in summer of 2011 and the room turned out just wonderful but it took me another six months before I could afford the large flat-screen television that the space called out for. During those six months I really wanted to be in the fabulous, attractive new room and use it well, so I decided to take advantage of the table, space, and good light to do jigsaws. I really enjoy them now, even with the nice television. put on a baseball game, or HGTV and puzzle away. And get a drink from my small but richly stocked bar....