what do you to relax?

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  1. iBlue macrumors Core

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    what things calm you down and perhaps invoke a sense of contentment?




    i usually sit back and read a book, or watch TV (something decent, HBO series or something without commercials if i can help it...thank you comcast OnDemand) included may be a glass of wine and or snacks. almost always involved are candles and incense. it seems silly but it helps, not sure why that is soothing to me. i used to always burn incense and stopped for a long time, recently i stumbled onto some really pleasant smelling ones and forgot how much i enjoyed that. there's something to the sense of smell. i'm picky though, i can't handle all incense. Nag Champa is my favorite, but i found some awesome ones at Cost Plus imports, such as Jasmine Lemongrass and Zen Garden... clean smells, not too heavy.

    anyway, curious about the rest of you and your routines.
     
  2. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    To relax I listen to some nice love songs(even though i'm not in love) or I just sit and rest my bones with a nice glass of apple juice or orange(whatever mood I am in at that time) and think...thinking always relax me.


    Bless
     
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    I am a fan of getting away from "life" to relax. I like to go camping and jsut be alone.
     
  4. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    I'm a reader. I have a spot in my kitchen, and I love to sit there, in as little light as possible, and read poems or look at books of paintings (or even write a little).

    Coffee or whiskey make everything a little more real and and a little more beautiful.

    I find great comfort in darkness. I like to sit alone in the dark and think, remember, forget -- to just listen and be.

    And yes, I'm really this pretentious. :eek:
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Well, reading of course.

    And walks when the weather's good.

    Inventing, too. I've got a number of patents pending... none personal (all for work). But inventing calms me down.

    Also, oddly, ironing. I am by no means a neat person, not even vaguely fastidious, and I rarely iron anything. But.... ironing relaxes me.

    There are, of course, non-family-forum-friendly answers that would apply as well.
     
  6. iBlue thread starter macrumors Core

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    ha "non-family forum-friendly answers" well there's always those. :p

    you know, the ironing thing isn't so weird. it is a "problem" (wrinkles) that is almost immediately solved before your eyes. i have this same sort of thing with vacuuming. <shrugs>
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    The odd thing is that I don't care about the wrinkles. The act relaxes me, sort of like tai chi. It's the motion and the quiet except for the steam, I guess. I'm weird. ;)

    Oh - pseudo-family-forum-friendly: massages. Giving or getting. Not a common occurrence, but I vaguely recall that they're relaxing.
     
  8. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Umm...I don't think I can say without gettting banned. ;)
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    It's OK to admit you play PC games.
     
  10. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...I listen to music. When I really want to relax I will pick something appropriate at then burn some incense (yes, Nag Champa is a good one!) and turn the lights out, lay down on the floor and enjoy the mood....oh yeah!
     
  11. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Red, red wine......... that's it. Normally a bottle will have me ready for bed. If I'm smart about it I can usually avoid any repercussions the next morning too. Love it.
     
  12. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    In other words light up a L and relax...Great:p ;)


    Bless
     
  13. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    I turn my iPod to my jazz/world playlist, make some gourmet food (usually Chicken tikka masala, pad thai, or pasta) and read.
     
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    Paxil.
    Sad, isn't it?
    Actually I read. A LOT. 2-3 books a week. Has to be in bed, never in a chair. Getting lost in the world of words is the greatest catharsis.
    That and masturbation.
     
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    Sooner or later, I knew someone had to go there.

    Nevertheless... word. ;)
     
  17. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    I take a hot shower, then sit in my towel listening to relaxing music.
     
  18. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

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    Have a cold shower, put on some slow music and lay on my bed thinking about nothing.
     
  19. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    I do exactly the same thing except with a hot shower.
     
  20. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Listen to appropriate music, read, light a candle, have some wine/hot chocolate/whatever I feel like or whatever is appropriate at the time, play my clarinet... Oh, and meditate too - if my body needs a break, I'll let my mind take over and do some of the work. ;) In general though, I find meditation very effective and beneficial - it's something people don't consider and investigate as much as perhaps they should. The mind is a very powerful thing. :cool:
     
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    Have a few shots of 151, play NHL 06 a bit, play battlefront.

    Same thing i do almost every weekend
     
  22. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

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    Well, I eat these brownies that my girlfriend made for me... she said there some kind of special ingrediant.

    :eek:
     
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    Find a curvy road (easy when you live in a small hick town like Rolla, Missouri) and have some fun :D

    I like driving, and find driving like a dumbass very relaxing, when in reality, I probably have more to worry about when driving like an idiot. Go figure :rolleyes:
     
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    depends on my mood

    an evening walk with a nice cigar does me just fine.

    or a long hot shower.

    and if i've got the spare $$, a nice massage.

    most of the time though its a couple of hours at the gym.


    my days of alcohol and illicit drug induced forms of consensual hedonistic relaxation are a distant memory.


    drag.
     

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