Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Way to Relax?

By Ashley Jacobs on 8 November 2016 55 comments

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The holiday season is often a stressful time for many people. The extra time, money, and energy you spend on holiday events can be overwhelming. That's why it's important to make time to relax and unwind when things begin to get hectic.

What is your favorite way to relax? Do you designate specific times each day for relaxing activities? When was the last time you felt overwhelmed, and how did you deal with it?

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Mami2jcn

I like to relax in front of the TV.

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Guest

meditation!

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SKB

Nothing beats sitting out on the deck, watching the birds at the feeders and enjoying a nice day.

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Elena

My favorite way to relax is cuddling with my cats

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Donna Sako

I enjoy so many things since retiring. Not being under the pressure of someone's goals other than my own is in itself relaxing. During the Holidays I enjoy watching some good movies with a cup of tea maybe with the fireplace lit and if possible with friends and family. Whenever I am overwhelmed, I close my eyes, take a deep breath and meditate for at least 1-5 minutes. That usually is enough.

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Julie Wood

Reading a good book and magazines is one way that I relax!

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Lisa Kreutter

My favorite way to relax is reading a good book book curled up with one of my cats with a cup of iced coffee. It's nirvana!

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Natasha

Going for a walk if I'm overwhelmed at work usually helps. At home, I prefer to read, particularly something less serious.

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Monique Hubert

I love meditating and doing yoga to relax, preferably in the mornings. The last time I had an exam, a few weeks ago, I got pretty anxious and meditating helps me to relax and feel more centered.

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Gina

My favorite way to relax is grabbing a cocktail with friends. I like to relax after work. I'm overwhelmed every weekday on my commute and at work. I unwind when I get home.

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KAREN

The most relaxing spot for me is the beach during the late afternoon when there is a nice ocean breeze. It gets quieter as most people head home for the day. That is my favorite place to relax. Unfortunately I don't live near a beach, so I usually just relax with the tv or a book

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Karen Patterson

A good book and a glass of wine.

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Tiffany Sparks

My favorite way to relax is a glass of wine and a nice bubble bath while listening to my iTunes playlist. I try to do this at least once a week or when I feel really overwhelmed from a stressful day with work.

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Jen D

Every day I set aside some time in the evening to unwind. My favorite thing to do is read. I check out books from my local library to save money on this costly hobby. I average about one book per week. I also make sure to relieve daily stress by exercising five days a week - I love the Esmonde Technique by Classical Stretch.
I felt quite a bit of stress recently when my daughter wed. I made sure to allow time each day for some reading and for my exercise routine.

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Susan Smith

I relax by reading or watching a movie.

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Chris

I relax by cuddling with my cats or reading.

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MELISSA HANSSON

After work, if I'm feeling stressed with anxious energy, I like to roll out my yoga mat and just do some stretches. If I get home and I'm feeling stressed but under the weather, I'll turn on my heated mattress pad to a high setting, take off my shoes and crawl under the covers for 30 minutes with my eyes closed.

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Jeff

playing with our two wonderful cats

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Ernest S.

I love dedicating time away from my phone and computer, even if it's just for a hike or a walk around the block. It's incredible how much more aware I am of my surroundings when I don't have a constant buzzing or dinging sound competing for my attention!

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Tracy Hirsch

It's usually a rush to change, get dinner started, feed the cats, etc. when I get home from work. My favorite thing to do to relax is just to forget those things and be present and chat with my husband. It just happens, nothing planned or forced. Sure puts things in perspective and the rest of the evening is so relaxing.

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Alissa

Reading a book!!!

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Donna D

Taking a shower with lavender soap.

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Michelle D.

I like to either read or watch a movie or TV show on the couch.

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CF

Netflix and chill!

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MelodyJ

I like to read a print book or magazine.

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Suz_Glo

Reading! It's great escapism as I tend to really block out all other thoughts when I'm immersed in a great book.

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Mary W

I like to get out in the natural world - away from modern society. Being with friends and family while hiking at a National Park or walking through a great forest, is a wonderful way to reconnect with the important things in life and relax.

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Judy

I am a working mom, so about once a week, I ask my hubby to take our daughter out for a while and I use that time to just relax - I turn on music and just sit and meditate with some chocolate!!!

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Betty

I relax with a good book. This works in nice weather and not so nice weather. Fall and Winter, I enjoy a cup of tea with my book.

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Elena R

By reading a good book!

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natasha lamoreux

I love catching up on all my shows from my dvr after the kiddos are down to sleep. Relaxes me from a busy day.

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Kelli

I love a good long hot bubble bath to relax. Sometimes I also read or watch TV. Going for a drive and singing along with some good music can be relaxing. And nothing beats cuddling with my dogs to chill me right out!

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Rebecca Ross

sleep, read, watch tv with my husband, love on my cats and dogs

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Lisa

My favorite way to relax is a good book and a bubble bath.

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Elle

I like to relax in bed watching TV.

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Guest

Getting together with friends to share stories and memories! We end up laughing until we cry.

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Guest

A toss up between a good book, magazine or HGTV show, always accompanied by a cup of tea or glass of wine.

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Marla

Alone in a hotels for rest and relaxation.

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Raina

I usually relax with casual video games, but I don't specify certain times or days to do so. At work, if things get overwhelming/stressful, I usually pause to focus on deep breathing exercises.

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April

I liken I relax with a bubble bath!

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Holly S

It's a toss-up for me. When I'm feeling stressed out and need to relax I either head to my nearest bookstore to browse and get a chai tea latte or I head to the movie theater for a bargain matinee. Both of those are huge stress-busters for me.

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Bethany M

I like to peruse facebook to relax.

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Catseye

Reading a book by one of my fave authors or watching videos on Youtube.

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Liz

I like to take a bath, work out or read

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Miss Kim

With a book and a hot cup of tea. And of course warm slippers and pajamas on!

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Michael

I love to play golf.

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Happy Love

Deep breathing exercises.

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Erin B

I like to relax by watching a movie.

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Christina

Making – or going for – and drinking coffee is probably my favorite way to relax.

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Ashley P.

I relax by getting under the covers and reading a good book. It really relaxes me!

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Ana Lee

I love to relax with a stack of magazines!

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Caroline C

Getting into my lazy clothes, pulling on a soft blanket, and zoning out to Food Network or a movie on TV!

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Lynda

i like to read or watch tv/movies to relax

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C Hui

I lik to garden.

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Thomas Murphy

I like to watch a movie to relax.

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Michel

Being with friends, going out for lunch or dinner, or a nightly walk with them. Playing videogames or watching series or movies. Smoking weed (in a completely law-abiding manner, in the privacy of my own home, don't mod me) or shisha with the same friends.