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15 Ways to Relax

2014/11/12

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”―  Jane Austen

1)    Enjoy a few moments of deep breathing in silence

2)      Listen to your favourite music or some soothing nature sounds (we suggest the Rainy Mood website)

3)      Take a dip in a cool body of water and let the ripples wash your cares away

4)      Enjoy a nice soak in a hot bath

5)      Whether it’s a calming facial or an at home mani/pedi, set aside some time to pamper yourself

6)      Stop letting every insignificant thing bother you

7)      Relax by the soothing crackle and warmth of a fire

8)      Enjoy a nice glass of wine

9)      Have sex

10)  Clear your mind with some meditation or yoga

11)  Attend a religious service

12)  Whether you’re musically inclined or have more of a flair for visual art, engaging in a bit of artistic release will help keep stress levels down

13)  Pop in your favourite movie or video game

14)  Spend some time on a hobby you enjoy

15)  Go for a run or walk to clear your mind and release mood-boosting endorphin’s

Share with us! What are some of your favourite ways to relax?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Heathe permalink
    2014/11/12 8:48 am

    Have a smoke? How old is this list??

    • 2014/11/12 10:08 am

      While it may not be the healthiest alternative, many people find relaxation from smoking.

      • mil permalink
        2014/11/12 11:04 am

        but just because it is relaxing to some people, you don’t want to promote harmful habbits. If so then there are lot of other harmful things to oneself and to others that people find joy in them. Would you say it is ok, as long as it relaxes you and/or you enjoy it.

      • 2014/11/12 1:49 pm

        Thank you for posting Mil!

        Very true points!

        “Would you say it is ok, as long as it relaxes you and/or you enjoy it.”

        My response to this, and with all questions along this line is; Depends. On so much. Eating Hamburgers? Sure. Watching TV? Yes. Doing Heroin? Not so much.

        There are many things that can be harmful however people are going to do them regardless of how harmful they may be.

        It’s important that we don’t ignore the fact that someone may smoke just because we know that it is an unhealthy thing.

        As I mentioned below, “I for one have never smoked a day in my life and understand completely the negative effects of cigarettes, but I also don’t find any relaxation in attending a religious service or doing yoga.

        We all have a tendency to not want to look beyond our own understanding but if nothing else our posts talk about how important it is to help push someone up rather than look down on them.”

  2. Lisa permalink
    2014/11/12 12:37 pm

    I completely and udderly disagree with you Aquarian Pure Water!! How can you suggest to “Have a smoke”???? Smoking DOES NOT relax you! Do the research! Smoking actually causes stress! Nicotine causes a spike in your heart rate and blood pressure making your heart work harder.

    Smokers addiction to nicotine makes them moody. They feel stressed and irritable between cigarettes and smoking allows them to feel normal again. This up-and-down pattern of mood change, throughout the day, is common among smokers. The cigarette appears to relax them because the nicotine removes the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms caused by smoking, and gives them a brief hit from the brain-reward chemical called dopamine.

    But because of the spike in heart rate and blood pressure it’s difficult to achieve the level of relaxation and stress relief of a nonsmoker.

    Man I used to love reading your little snipits of advice, etc – but now you just made my blood boil!!

    • 2014/11/12 1:46 pm

      Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em

      Thank you for responding Lisa!

      I’ve appreciated the passion you offer along with your thoughts on the post today.

      You make many valid points in your comment however so many of them can be applied to almost every point in our list today. Amongst these “Having Sex” puts the body in a state of intensity which is similar to physical exercise and the actual relaxation comes afterwards (a sort of relaxation that comes from first putting the body in a state of strain), while watching a movie or video game really only turns off your brain and drinking alcohol…well let’s just say that may only cause more problems depending on how much you decide to drink.

      With lists such as these I always try to take a broad approach to the people that may be reading this, and regardless of the chemical reaction and negative effects that smoking causes to a smoker they would still feel a sense of relaxation when they return to their “normal state.”

      As a person who loves reading our little tidbits, I’m sure you’ll understand that regardless of the harmful habit smoking may be we feel it necessary to address every person’s habits in every walk of life WITHOUT passing judgment on their personal preferences.

      I for one have never smoked a day in my life and understand completely the negative effects of cigarettes, but I also don’t find any relaxation in attending a religious service or doing yoga.

      We all have a tendency to not want to look beyond our own understanding but if nothing else our posts talk about how important it is to help push someone up rather than look down on them.

      A lot more smokers have quit from someone offering help rather than wagging a finger.

      AND while we don’t condone the use of any substance which can be classified as illegal in any way; I do feel it important to point out that nowhere in the post does it say “cigarettes.”

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