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PEACHY_GIRL Posts: 18,774
6/28/14 1:32 P

Nice long hot shower

FRAN0426 Posts: 19,267
6/28/14 1:14 P

read

DONNAATTEBERRY SparkPoints: (5,775)
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6/28/14 12:53 P

After I get home from work, I take my shower, grab my laptop, and catch up on the daily events in my friends and families lives, then I head off to bed.

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (510,745)
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6/28/14 12:22 P

Exercise helps. I also like cooking.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (251,012)
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6/28/14 10:33 A

Well, I'm consistent.............was going to post hot soak in the tub, but I already posted that!
Let me add bubble bath, a glass of wine and aromatherapy and some yoga. I have recently been introduced to aromatherapy oils and boy, do I love them. I even carry a small spritzer in my pocket at work at spray and inhale. Oh, the journeys it takes me to.............so calming.

OMARIA1999 SparkPoints: (9,885)
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6/28/14 10:27 A

Listen to worship music and pray

Edited by: OMARIA1999 at: 6/28/2014 (10:28)
BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 6,514
6/28/14 10:22 A

Eat dinner and watch programs recorded on DVR.

MSTOWE57 Posts: 1,930
7/3/13 10:31 P

read

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (510,745)
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Posts: 27,252
7/3/13 10:12 P

tv works well to decompress

LOISJOHN14VS6 Posts: 863
7/3/13 7:09 P

TV

VCOOTS61 SparkPoints: (8,517)
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Posts: 271
7/3/13 6:40 P

A glass or two of wine and snuggle in to a TV show with the hubby.

HOLLYM48 Posts: 16,541
7/3/13 5:54 P

about 45 mins on the computer, dinner with my family and then an hour or so walking or working out!

MOM2ACAT SparkPoints: (190,535)
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Posts: 30,457
7/3/13 4:49 P

Getting into pajamas early and reading, with my two cats by my side.

FLEXTYFAMOUS SparkPoints: (8,574)
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Posts: 116
7/3/13 4:48 P

Hot bubble bath and candles and music and NO KIDS!!

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MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,453
7/3/13 4:42 P

watch tv or sit around talking to my DH and DD

PTREE15 SparkPoints: (8,292)
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Posts: 490
7/3/13 3:27 P

Read, listen to music, watch a movie, take a long bath, hang out with friends, talk on the phone.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
7/3/13 1:07 P

Play hay day or candy crush on my ipad

DIETER27 Posts: 8,594
7/3/13 1:05 P

Meditate, go for a walk, read, listen to music.

RUSSNGUS Posts: 57
7/3/13 1:03 P

Reading a book or swimming. emoticon

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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Posts: 3,116
7/3/13 1:01 P

Cooking really relaxes me. I love moving around our large kitchen after sitting at a desk all day. I also love to work in the garden, and yes, sitting to read the paper, watch tv. etc.

GINNABOOTS Posts: 8,153
7/3/13 9:36 A

As weird as it sounds I go for a run. After I cool down it relaxes me.

SBURDEN Posts: 9,941
7/3/13 9:32 A

read a book

AMANDA660 Posts: 881
7/3/13 9:18 A

A glass of wine!

GUDDIGO Posts: 1,081
7/3/13 9:15 A

Reading...

OLIVIANIGHT SparkPoints: (203,897)
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Posts: 11,349
7/3/13 8:08 A

Reading, crochet, cross stitch or baking.

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (77,547)
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Posts: 2,116
7/2/13 8:36 A

Read a really good book.

PUDLECRAZY Posts: 4,455
7/2/13 6:49 A

A variety of things: read, walk, sing, play my guitar, sew, build things....

ASHLEYGILLE SparkPoints: (12,744)
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Posts: 1,889
7/2/13 6:35 A

By Sparking, walking, and must I admit, watching T.V.?? :)

DELRIO1 Posts: 6,203
7/2/13 5:45 A

read the paper, watch tv, garden, etc.

MSTOWE57 Posts: 1,930
6/30/13 4:47 P

music

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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Posts: 2,954
6/30/13 2:25 P

Doing a crossword puzzle or reading a book.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (251,012)
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6/30/13 1:53 P

Hot soak in the bathtub

PATTIJOHNSON Posts: 2,075
6/30/13 11:18 A

I watch TV, but my hands are always busy with crafts or sewing. It's amazing what you can accomplish just be doing a few stitches a day. Pick a project you enjoy doing and set aside some relax time to do it each evening. Some ideas:

Read and learn something new.
Read a romance novel.
Take up drawing or painting.
Embroider.
Cross stitch.
Crochet or knit something -- learn and make everyone scarves for Christmas (easy level).
Sudoko Puzzles.
Jigsaw Puzzles.
Write in a journal about your thoughts or happenings in your day.
Quilt (this is my favorite) -- make small wall hangings for gifts or yourself.
Plan your next day's meals.
Meditate for 1/2 hour.
Close your eyes and put the headphones on and listen to music.
Learn another language.
Take an on-line course.
Take a course at your local community college.
Take up and learn a new hobby like leather craft, stained glass, pottery.
Make new jewelry with inexpensive Good Will jewelry or beads from the craft store.
Hand-write some letters to friends (wow, won't they be surprised).
Walk or exercise.
Clean a tiny portion of a cabinet or drawer or a corner of the room.
Redecorate or repaint a wall.
Research something on the internet that you know nothing about.

There's a great big world out there with endless things to learn about and things to do. The sky is the limit. There's no reason to be bored. Make a pact with yourself that whatever you choose to do, it will be without snacks or foods involved.

Good luck!

Edited by: PATTIJOHNSON at: 6/30/2013 (11:21)
LILSPARKIE85 SparkPoints: (40,593)
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6/30/13 11:13 A

I go for a walk, read a book, and take a hot shower.

LOLEMA SparkPoints: (105,894)
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Posts: 5,169
6/30/13 11:00 A

swimming, gardening, or reading

AMARISRON Posts: 1,205
6/30/13 10:17 A

a book, tv, a walk, good conversations

CBLENS SparkPoints: (47,498)
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Posts: 1,220
6/30/13 8:49 A

just chill with DH

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
6/30/13 1:53 A

I like to crochet or do cross-stitch! Takes my mind off my worries.

ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (95,965)
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Posts: 3,996
6/30/13 12:18 A

Work out

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (512,925)
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Posts: 14,053
6/30/13 12:10 A

I workout, take a shower, and read.

RUTHDEN1 SparkPoints: (116,496)
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Posts: 2,496
6/29/13 11:26 P

Read emoticon

REBCCA SparkPoints: (388,692)
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Posts: 22,528
6/29/13 11:15 P

Play Lumosity brain games

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
6/29/13 10:50 P

Read, walk or lift weights.

MSTOWE57 Posts: 1,930
6/29/13 10:29 P

read

LAILA07 SparkPoints: (67,522)
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Posts: 5,732
6/29/13 10:24 P

Read

STARSHINE671 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/29/13 10:18 P

I walk, bike or read. All good stress relievers. Also I like to "Spark" emoticon

LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (79,636)
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Posts: 4,492
6/29/13 10:04 P

What always worked best for me was heading to the swimming pool. It is such a different environment, the dis-connect from work stress was amazing. A good workout, followed by a nice shower...and I felt like I was starting a new day! (especially in the summer when it was still light outside--lol!)
Enjoy!
patti

GINGERVISTA Posts: 6,236
6/29/13 9:49 P

I have several:
First, I walk or bike to work, 1.5 miles. If I walk, I listen to music on the way home (1/2 hr). If I bike, I just enjoy the 10 minute ride home while riding in the bike lanes (YAY!)
OR I come home, flop on the couch with one of my three cats & read for half hour or so; just enough to decompress.
OR I go for a walk with my friend/duplex neighbor or sometimes by myself.
OR I get online & get on SparkPeople or read my Spark emails.
I've only lived in my duplex since Nov., so one of these days I'm going to grab a book & go read in the hammock out back. ;)

Edited by: GINGERVISTA at: 6/29/2013 (21:49)
JUDYAMK SparkPoints: (28,145)
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6/29/13 9:38 P

I work in a pharmacy & it can be very stressful. I started walking for an hour right after work,not a lazy hazy walk. I start out slow with my ear buds on walking to the up beat music & before I know it I am going off to a good steady pace.When I am done I am tired & sweaty I come home take a long cool shower, then make a smoothie out of yogurt,frozen fruit, & water. I then do a house hold chore then I sit in my recliner on the computer,doing research in History which I so love, or reading a good book or here on Sparks.
Judy

ARIZONA33 Posts: 231
6/29/13 9:23 P

It use to be that I would relax after a busy day mindlessly eating late into the night. I would fill my cravings both physical and emotional with chocolates, junk food and anything that sounded good even if I was not hungry.

Now, I am looking for new ways to relax after a busy and stressful day. And, to replace the mindless eating with healthy activities and hobbies.

Any ideas?

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