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ODDMENTTWEAK Posts: 2,099
4/15/14 7:53 P

Knitting and listening to music does it for me.

SHELY547 SparkPoints: (110)
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4/15/14 7:45 P

I like to walk and do yoga. I also like to read. Cleaning is also good. I need to clean some more tonight.

BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 5,801
4/15/14 5:18 P

Riding my motorcycle. I call it "wind-therapy". Best way to unwind and relax.

BONOLICIOUS2 Posts: 590
4/15/13 10:17 A

A few of my go-to's:

- WALKING. Outside, inside with headphones, any place I can move my feet and be in motion.
- Crafts.
- Reading. I suggest even going to your local library to read, usually they have a few comfy chairs and they discipline the loud teenagers! And TONS of free magazines! Try something like Womens Health and pick up a few healthy tips too. Bonus!
- Cooking. I used to be SO stressed by it, but now I find it gives me some time to be in my head and accomplish something. Sunday afternoon meal cooking time feels so good!
- This is probably really random, but I also enjoy thrift shopping. Digging through stuff clears my head and I have found some awesome bargains!

Good luck!


FUNNYGIRLJESS SparkPoints: (6,364)
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4/14/13 2:47 P

great suggestions

I also like to meditate in a quiet church

ABONDGIRL SparkPoints: (4,147)
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3/10/13 8:19 P

yoga and massage

EHNA888 Posts: 9
3/10/13 7:51 P

drop my cellphone and other gadgets then read a good book, play with kids or go swimming.

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
3/10/13 3:47 P

Be you

VATRUCKER SparkPoints: (20,629)
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3/10/13 3:17 P

I mostly stay unplugged, as it is a big distraction from what I am trying to accomplish. As far as unwinding, I unwound when I retired,yo emoticon

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (103,197)
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3/10/13 2:47 P

I don't have a cell phone which automatically makes me more relaxed I think....don't have to worry about calls, calling etc.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (93,691)
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3/10/13 1:31 P

Yoga. Hot bath. Glass of wine.

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (136,818)
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3/10/13 1:16 P

Reading!

KAKERLEY SparkPoints: (710)
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3/10/13 12:09 P

Read, take a walk, get into the woods; watch birds, the snow fall or water. Coffee or lunch at an outdoor cafe. Really, I guess being outside does it for me!

THROOPER62 Posts: 19,561
3/10/13 5:53 A

playing with my cats

EOWYN2424 Posts: 6,258
3/10/13 5:43 A

Open up my tablet for a game with random opponents.



FIRECOM SparkPoints: (107,673)
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3/10/13 12:34 A

I find that one to 12 beers will do the trick. :))

MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
3/10/13 12:24 A

If you have any place near your house that has flowing water (ocean, river, etc) then go and just watch the water move for a while.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
3/7/13 7:17 P

a nice bubble bath.....light candles......put on some relaxing music like Kenny G. Lay in the tub soak and talk to God...........

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
3/7/13 4:13 P

Bath with salts and a glass of wine works wonders.

DACHI9 SparkPoints: (7,051)
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3/7/13 3:59 P

a nice bath and a glass of wine and music. HMMMM! Great. Lock the bathroom door.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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3/7/13 1:46 P

Meditate, or read a good book.

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (76,906)
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3/7/13 1:04 P

Sitting on my back porch and watching the birds in the forest preserve behind my house.

SASSYBRUN Posts: 191
3/7/13 1:02 P

If you can get to a park with paths, that's always comforting to me (too cold now, and ice on the paths).

A bubble bath (can get expensive).

As you mentioned, mani/pedi. Not sure where you live, but in Atlanta you can find places that do it for $20 (I know, that can be a lot).

A feel good/funny book - such as the First Ladies Detective Agency series (the heroine is a lady of "traditional proportions"), the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series (although the heroine eats junk all the time while keeping thin, some of the food mentions make me hungry), Sue Grafton novels.

For a mind reboot, 10 mins of meditation (set a timer, concentrate on feeling your breath, fight any thoughts other than those about breathing from coming into your head).

PLAELA SparkPoints: (3,225)
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3/7/13 7:59 A

I crochet to unplug and unwind. I make prayer shawls, so I pray as I crochet. It really helps me destress. Have a blessed day!!

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (263,979)
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3/6/13 11:21 P

I like to read, watch a movie, or take a walk.

FUNNYGIRLJESS SparkPoints: (6,364)
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3/6/13 9:27 P

Thank you everyone for your ideas...just reading about them makes me feel relaxed!

I'm not a reader, but I will try to pick up a book that'll fancy my interest.

Cool idea of a "hidey hole".

Weather improving...haha we just got 10 inches of snow here, hehe, YES i love the outdoors though.

WISHFULDREAMING SparkPoints: (33,453)
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3/4/13 4:08 P

Once the weather starts improving, maybe take a walk at a park, sunshine, find a bench and read there?

IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
3/4/13 3:54 P

I love enjoying a hot bath and just enjoy the quiet...my husband wonders how I don't get bored just sitting there, but I am on the phone most of the day at work so I just love silence and I LOVE being in water.

LUV2SURFCHIC Posts: 705
3/4/13 10:34 A

The library is a good idea, or if you have a Barnes and Noble close by you can go there and just pick up a book, find a cozy chair and read for awhile.

The other option goes back to the old commercial "Calgon, take me away". Even if you don't have a decent bathtub (which I don't) - just shut the bedroom door, take a warm shower, sing if you want, and relax.

The other ideas (except the shooting range sorry) sound great too.

-VIXEN- SparkPoints: (22,164)
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3/4/13 10:25 A

I second the suggestion for going to the library. You can catch up on magazine reading, browse cookbooks for new recipes, discover new authors, etc.

Also, how about a cheap matinee at the movie theater? That's always a nice break for me and costs less than a manicure. :)

Maybe a yoga class? You'd have some time for yourself and release stress and get in a work out to boot.

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (107,673)
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3/4/13 10:21 A

I have my personal "hidey hole", that place where I reach back into my memory and recall a favorite time and lock myself into that image. Mine is sitting on the porch with my dog watching a downpour. Just me and Frisky. Pure solitude.

GOLDEELOCKS SparkPoints: (43,641)
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3/4/13 10:20 A

Read

MARTYJOE Posts: 428
3/4/13 10:05 A

yoga

KKKAREN SparkPoints: (222,680)
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3/4/13 6:39 A

Go to the library to read!

MARTYJOE Posts: 428
3/3/13 6:28 P

Go shooting

MOM2ACAT SparkPoints: (177,780)
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3/3/13 5:15 P

I read for at least half an hour in the evening before I go to sleep; it helps me to de-stress and relax. Often, it's my favorite time of the day.

LOLEMA SparkPoints: (100,893)
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3/3/13 5:14 P

...go to a quiet place
..........................deep breathes
................................empty the racing thoughts of things to do and places to go, etc.

CYND59 Posts: 7,691
3/3/13 1:41 P

Play a mindless game on the computer

FAWNZIB SparkPoints: (10,643)
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3/3/13 1:29 P

Painting

SWEETNHOT Posts: 526
3/3/13 1:18 P

I to love to read,listen to calming music,go for walks,or ride my bike if it's nice and I can be outside.

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (136,818)
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3/3/13 1:11 P

For me, reading is my ME time! I read in the car outside school while waiting to pick up my kids...I read when they're at school & I'm sitting down for lunch...I read while on my exercise bike working out...I read when they're in bed at night. Gotta love 7:30 bedtime!

I would try your local library for a quiet corner...coffee shops are fun, but tend to be "social" instead of quiet.

FUNNYGIRLJESS SparkPoints: (6,364)
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3/3/13 1:01 P

What are a few ways you like to unwind?

The past few times I've visited my fav coffee shop (caribou), it's been crawling with high schoolers...loud/distracting.
I can't stay home and read, too many kids running around.

Where should I go to relax?

I love to get my nails done, but we are pinching pennies lately.

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