How do you relax?

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  1. TheGoodTexan

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    Other than alcohol, tobacco, or [other chemical], what do you do to calm yourself at the conclusion of a particularly stressful day/week/season of life?

    Hopefully most everyone here finds playing guitar by yourself or with a buddy to be a relaxing exercise.

    I need to go sit on a beach with about 78 degree weather and a 8-10 mph wind... for at least three days before I can "let go". That just right temp where you can wear shorts... and an over-sized long-sleeved shirt unbuttoned... without getting a burn, or breaking a sweat.

    I like road trips too. I like taking back roads with no particular time frame in mind to arrive at our destination. Stop at every little po-dunk store that I see. That's very relaxing to me too.

    I need a little time off right now. I'm ok, but I'm worn out. I've got some time coming in January. The wife and I are considering going somewhere warm. Maybe Hawaii? I'd love to go to New Zealand and Australia too (never been). I need to put a budget together.

    Aussies... is there a particularly good place to be in late January?
     
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    Also.. I used "particular" three times in that post. ...the signs of stress...
     
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    Slow deep breathing with a minimum of sensory input. Or run 5-6 miles.
     
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    Perhaps not the answer you are looking for, but for me, I am very lucky to just walk out the back door to recuperate from stress. What is more interesting is when people come to visit from out of state, I line up a whole lotta activities for them to choose from like canoeing, whitewater, flyfishing, hiking, but in the end most are so wiped out from stress in their everyday lives that they just want to sit out on our deck and chat over coffee, beer or wine .... for days. IMG_2781.JPG
     
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    Guitar is my relaxation. The louder I play, the more relaxed I become.
    Also, naps. Naps are quite excellent.
     
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    +1 on playing and napping. Doing the yard is also a stress reliever.
     
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    How much do you get for those Christmas trees when the season comes around? I thought you only grew dental floss in Montanao_O
     
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    Two flavors if you're not meaning relax to a good meal or beverage. One is totally have the brain on a single fast thing or the other is being able to let the mind wander. The intense version is fast and steep MTB riding or skiing. Action sports where you have to be 100% on it. The other version is a bike ride or hike or Nordic skiing and maybe snowshoeing where you don't hurt yourself if the mind drifts.
     
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    January is hot in Australia, 32c average temps and up to 46c.
    Somewhere by the beach that has cold beer is a good place to be.

    To relax I sloth on the sofa and do as little as possible for days on end.

    If you end up in Sydney they run cruises to the south pacific, Vanuatu etc for cheap. You can do 5 to 7 days for around $1000 bucks. Everything is done for you onboard. All meals and bed made etc. Duty free drinks.
     
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    Ι play with my six year old son.
    Frankly speaking I could do this full time EASILY.
     
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    Silence, guitar, and the occasional tall glass of bourbon.
     
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    I've got nothing again a good beverage. Beer is good. And I'm a fan of several nice bourbons too. But I rarely partake in either one, mainly because I have no one to share a drink with, and I don't feel good about developing a habit of drinking a glass of bourbon alone.

    And of course... meals are terrific.

    So both of those are sort of "default" answers.

    I just wanted to hear what other activities people like to do to unwind.

    There was a time when I could go run 8 or 10 miles, and completely clear my head. But having developed psoriatic arthritis, running causes too much join pain anymore.
     
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    I don't think I could be on that deck and experience one iota of stress. Just need a glass slide and a buddy... and man... the world melts into the distant memory.
     
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    I'm unable to nap. I mean, I can fall asleep in the middle of the day, if time allows. But it always gives me a migraine headache afterward. Even a 15 minute nap... and I come to with excruciating pain in my temples.
     
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    I got this a while back. Haven’t opened it yet. Suppose to be really good. I need someone to share it with. My wife won’t touch it.

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    Aside from the usual whiskey and guitars I play soccer every Sunday and Hoops on Thursdays.
     
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    1. Walk the dog.

    2. I also find winter more relaxing than summer, although I do like the lake in summer. In winter, X country skiing through woods is the most relaxing thing I know; something about the muffled quiet and the white everywhere. I used to take a mickey of whisky with me, purely for my circulation.

    3. I meditate first thing in the morning, but if I'm stressed later in the day, I can't settle enough to do it.
     
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