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Ways to Relax

I'm looking for suggestions on how to treat myself well. I've been going through rather a tiring patch lately, and need some self-nourishing tips or tricks. I usually relax after work by reading my f-list and visiting T&C, but that's not enough lately.

I plan to visit the library and borrow some books, and get an MP3 player so I can listen to audio books on the treadmill, but I'm looking for more ideas.



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Mar. 28th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
If you can afford it, there's nothing more gloriously indulgent and relaxing than a day at a spa. A more economical alternative is a facial or a massage at your local beauty parlour. Or a good substitute is to buy some nice toiletries (travel size if money's tight - skimp on quantity rather than quality). Put on a face mask and soak in the bathtub by candlelight for a while.

Easiest and cheapest of all - burn a relaxing aromatherapy oil. I like mandarin, rose, or lavender.

It can be difficult to break the habit of reading LJ. I'm not saying it's bad, but sometimes we do need more and we kind of forget how to occupy ourselves by other means.

If you feel you need a more sustained creative recovery program, try "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. Wonderfully nurturing and practical - just a few simple steps can transform your life.

Good luck!

Edited at 2008-03-28 10:11 pm (UTC)
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
I've decided to make a spa day a reward for biting the bullet and buying a new car. I have research to do, cars to drive, a negotiating session to prep for. I've been putting it off for months and months.

I agree with you completely about The Artist's Way. I'm probably due for a re-read.
Mar. 28th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
I second the bubble bath idea. I find that very relaxing.

I also do yoga at home, which I find relaxing.
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
It's been a long time since I had a bubble bath. I should do it.
Mar. 29th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Yoga. Preferably a class, if you can manage it. Massages are good.
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to take a yoga class, actually. I signed up for "fitness yoga" one time and found it impossibly difficult -- couldn't get my body to bend that way. But basic yoga would probably be much easier.
Apr. 4th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
Go for a beginner's or basic class. Stay away from Hot Yoga. Talk to whoever's teaching or organizing the class about what you want to achieve. Mostly, I've done beginner Ashtanga clases and while it's a stern pace, it's good.
Apr. 4th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
I sent an email to a local yoga school tonight asking when their next New Beginners series of classes is. Their schedule shows the January series as being at 7:30 pm on Tuesdays, which I can probably just about make (my voice lesson is at 6:30 on Tuesdays, about ten miles away).

Mar. 29th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
This is going to sound incredibly girly - especially from me - but I always find something pampering very relaxing. I'm not sure if it's just because I do it so rarely, but getting a massage, taking a premeditated long soak in a bath with essential oils, going out for a really nice meal all by myself etc ... they all make me feel very relaxed and happy.

I also love sending hand-written letters, painting and planning holidays, but that's just me ;)
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
It's been a long time since I had a massage. Sounds wonderful ....

I crochet, sometimes. I was working on a bunch of sample pieces for a project. I should get that out again.
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