Relaxation Techniques

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  1. Ethyl

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    You know what this feels like. Lately i've felt like this more than I care to admit.

    It's certainly one outlet albeit unproductive, but I prefer to use the following to channel my frustation and ease anxiety:

    Meditation
    Yoga
    Hiking through the woods
    Cooking
    Needlepoint
    Driving very fast (an inevitably expensive outlet)
    Drafting
    Designing products or spaces
    Exploring new places
    Contemplation
    Walking and playing with my pooch.
    Reading
    Painting
    Drawing
    Writing
    Calligraphy
    Good conversation with friends
    Gardening (mostly indoor now)
    Refinishing furniture, something I haven't done in a while and miss terribly.
    Sex, whenever possible

    I want to add to this list. I'm in a place where many of these outlets are not working for me at the moment. I need fresh ideas. I'm thinking of joining a group that views movies on a regular basis and discusses them. Feeling a little claustrophobic, the need for fresh air, scenery, tension release, clarity, and my blood coursing faster through my veins, i've been walking and hiking more.

    What do you do to relax and ease the tension?
     
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    My number one has to be cleaning...sad as it sounds, yes, a power clean tidies my house and my mind.

    There are a lot more, any kind of exercise, cycling, a good swim, a good book, some writing, flirting, cooking, tending the garden, a good long walk, a pint of real ale and a bag of crisps down the local.

    Sitting on the beach and seeing the horizon, then watching the starlings performing their awesome shoal like acrobatics over the old pier before the last rays of sun dip behind the horizon, that's a tried and tested remedy.

    Hope that brick wall turns into a clean light fresh cloud of happiness soon Bliss. xx
     
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    Swimming
    Dancing 'til I sweat
    Long candle lit bath
    Racquetball
    Heavybag
     
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    Oh--sorry. I thought the third one said hiding in the woods.

    My relaxation methods vary, but include
    crossword puzzles,
    Number oddities--take any two numbers and figure out how they relate,
    reading about plate tectonics,
    musing about the complexities of the universes and how there may be zillions of galaxies and universes but they are all inside of something and all intertwined,
    playing the banjo,
    listening to bluegrass music,
    eating chicken pot pies--it's strangely calming, although I must avoid them these days, must watch the belt line.
    playing solitaire
    annoying people on the phone
    going to news forums and message boards and posting ideas as far to the right as possible--and then watching the people go nuts, which is the real fun and relaxation.
    rearranging the sock drawer.
    peeling latex paint off of surfaces
    reading murder mysteries
    reading true stories about murders
    Squirting baby oil out the window at annoying neighbors making too much noise.
    rearranging the food in the pantry.



    So many things--
     
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    MB, you should see the strange glazey look on my face. You and I have SO much more in common than I had originally thought. We really do need to talk. Will you come spend a weekend with me?
     
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    just kidding :biggrin1:

    Seriously - look at how many people turn to it, though. In all its forms.

    Your list is admirable, and a good portion of it is singular or small group activity. I hear your want for interactive stuff (bow chicka bow wow :wink: ), but the movie group only makes Hollywood richer. Or I dunno, maybe you want to hang around movie zombies :biggrin1:

    Learn an orchestra instrument? Oooo, I wonder what you'd look like with a guitar. A Strat would look good on you...

    That's something I noticed missing from your list - music.
     
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    Sounds like somebody needs a good rowdy fuck.
     
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    Cleaning out my cupboards, talking which I do practically non stop either to friends, on the phone or on the net, simply having a good think not about anything in specific but just floating and letting my mind go where it wants to without trying to direct it, sex of course, arranging my thongs in neat piles which is actually a waste of time as they're disarranged the very next time I decide I want a certain thong, trying my shoes on (I have a ridiculous amount), doing my nails.
     
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    Wouldn't hurt.
    I've ruined two pair of boots this winter wearing them to work. Maybe it's time to hit Macy's...
     
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    For goodness sake Mercurial, you don't need an excuse to hit Macy's :)
     
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    Having a multipage 'argument' with MZ about something we agree on.:smile:

    Am going to see Madame Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall tomorrow (actually tonight), Opera can be uplifting, exciting and yet relaxing sometimes all at once. Quite strange really. And if that fails there's a well stocked bar.:wink:
     
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    So true...

    Ooh, now you're taunting me. :tongue: Opera is indeed a mixed, yet delightful experience for me. Hope you enjoy the evening.
     
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    Well, I know that I find the following helpful, and while I haven't included a rowdy bed-wrestling tournament, there's a good reason for that....

    -Playing my flute (The metal tubular kind...only had a C-foot though...*tear*) even though I don't have any music for it.
    -Writing music (There's plenty of free manuscript programmes out there...I use Finale Notpad)
    -Learning languages (I tried Sindarin a long time ago, but that...well...didn't work out so well...*thinks about trying again*)
    -Doing the jive until I pass out (I've really done that before too...collapsed right on my partener...she really freaked out...then slapped me when I came-to)
    -Ummm...listening to music and just dancing when no one can see me (Conga -Miami Sound Machine & Gloria Estafan is a good choice for that)
    -Reading (Already said, but...meh.... Tolkien...again...at the moment)
    -Writing (I'm not good at it, but it helps relieve stress)
    -Just sitting and watching the sunset
    -Taking out my telescope and looking at the night sky (Damn snow at the moment!! :mad:)
    -Hanging out with my "brother" and just talking about nothing of any value
    -&c. &c. Ad nauseum. :tongue:

    Anywho, you get the idea...and you know that I'm a loser now :cool:
     
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    There is a nearby observatory i've been meaning to visit when weather permits. Maybe I should invest in a telescope...
     
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    You nail it. The favorite technique of mine to relax is a sex session that's so rough the stress is out of me afterwards.

    If I have no one handy who could supply me that kind of fuck, I prefer extreme work-outs, I work the stairmaster or Nordic Track machine till it smokes, and then do more than a few laps in the roof pool. What matters is that I take the workout to the ominous point where the physical activity is fully in the focus of my mind, and all other thoughts are temporarily blocked. It always helps, relaxation is really easy for me once I'm physically drained.
     
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    play tennis

    float a river
     
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    My ways to relieve anxiety, stress, et al are as follows:

    Working out- Lifting allows you to get your frustration out, lift heavy, take it out on the weights.

    Running- another good way to clear your head. A lot of times I forget how long I've been running.

    If I feel to tired to do those two, I lie down, turn of all the lights in my dorm, stare at the ceiling and blast my music for hours. It works really well.
     
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    I've heard that marijuana and masturbation are a highly effective combination. :rolleyes:
     
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    All good. I'll keep them in mind when the weather grows warmer.

     
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