Friday, November 18, 2011

How I Do It: Relax

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Um....I really don't do a good job at this. I do find my hobbies relaxing to an extent, but I don't think I would categorize "sewing" as relaxing. It isn't refreshing physically--though it can be nice mentally. 

I kind of view relaxing as reading. Doing nothing (do you love the picture above? I might have to do that tactic to get relaxing in). I don't mean "relax" as it is often used in context of telling someone to stop stressing. I am not the stress type. I am the "doesn't know when to stop" type.

In theory, I should relax on Sunday because it is a day of rest. Well, I don't watch Television. We don't shop at all on Sundays. We do our best to keep the Sabbath Day holy. Any mom of small children will tell you, however, that Sunday is not really a "day of rest." Getting your children ready for church, keeping them good at church, and then making sure the day is spent being "holy" doesn't really translate to the most restful day of the week. I often find it the most exhausting, in fact. 

I study my scriptures daily and that is rejuvenating and I think that could be justified into some "relaxation" time. 

So anyway...my husband often orders me to relax and I don't listen well. My mom also tries that on me when I am pregnant. I think it took her until my fourth pregnancy before I really listened. A little. 

So I am turning to you readers. How do you relax? What do you do to relax? How often do you fit it in? How do you fit it in? I need your ideas! I am talking about you time. I take time for family activities. I take time for dates with my husband--I am just talking me relaxing. I think I need to improve in this area to be a more balanced person. So bring on your ideas! Thank you!

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16 comments:

Bobi said...

i have no idea how I'm no good at "me time" either and I long for it often. but maybe try taking a bubble bath and locking your family out of the bathroom for a half hour. :)

Michael and Natalie said...

I often just love to search the internet aimlessly when I need to relax. Not to "do" something like respond to email or update my blog, but just to read the news. Also, I love to go to a store like Target and just walk up and down every isle without actually needing to buy something. Finally, I get monthly pedicures, and those are nothing BUT relaxing :)

Plowmanators said...

Oooohhh a pedicure. Did you know I have never had a pedicure in my life? Sad right?

Kristy Powers said...

I don't feel like I am good at this, either, but I am more of a stress type. I will sit around for leisure time and yet feel stressed out. But I had an awesome time last weekend when I finally took a bit of a break from the house. Had been feeling too guilty previously to do it, but I did want a day off from preparing and cleaning up food (and if Mom's in the house she will get asked for food and clean-ups, right? At least in my house). I spent morning, afternoon, and early evening of both Saturday and Sunday reading in the library, price shopping at a couple of stores without buying anything, browsing a book store, drinking coffee at Starbucks, and touring a nearby college campus on my own. Luxurious!

C. said...

My way involves hubby being very helpful, but basically my husband gives me a "night off" each week; usually it's a Thursday just so we know what to plan on, but if something comes up on a Thursday we do another day. It's a night that I leave (or not, as I wish) and don't do anything related to him or the kids for the rest of the night. Sometimes I sew, sometimes I run errands (funny how shopping without kids seems relaxing) and sometimes I just sit in my room and do nothing. I love it. Now, I tend to be like you in that I don't know when to stop. I often tell my husband, "I don't need a night off this week. I'm fine and I have a lot to do," but he makes me take it. And I always feel a million times better at the end: more patient, more loving and more happy to be at home. If you can talk your husband into it, I highly recommend it!

Laura said...

I like to take baths in the evening before bed, oftentimes after I've had "husband time"...... :) :) :) Sometimes I'll read or something, but sometimes I'll just sit and think. Very relaxing, especially right before going to sleep!

localchika2 said...

I totally get what you mean about church and sundays being anything BUT restful. When we went to our "traditional" type churches it was super stressful to meet the unspoken rules of keeping the kids quiet the whole time. And of course there's waking up early to get them ready and packing just about the entire house to take with us.

We now go to a pretty small congregation on Saturdays (it's a messianic synagogue) and have been delighted about it because they don't expect our kids to sit still or be totally quiet. In fact they've all just about adopted them as their own and the kids NEVER sit by us for long. They end up sitting by someone else they want to spend time with.

As for relaxing things i do, exercise is one of those for me. It gets my blood flowing and endorphins going which of course makes me happy.

Another thing I LOVE to do is decorating my house. The prettier it is the more relaxed I feel and the more thankful I am for what I have.

The most relaxing thing I like to do (as well as the most expensive which is why I only do it about 2-3 times/yr lol) is get my hair done.

BTW, I've never had a pedicure either so don't feel bad, lol!

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Michelle Harmon said...

I love pedicures! You must try this! It is the most relaxing time ever!

D & H said...

I like reading, taking a bath (sometimes I read in the tub), and sleeping for relaxation. Also, listening to relaxing music can help.

Erin said...

My relaxing time is after my daughter's dream feed, before bed. I read blogs, check slickdeals.net, and spend some time on pinterest. It's my half hour or so to do what I want and relax at the end of the day.

Joey and Whitney Plumb said...

Take a bath just a regular warm bath. Seriously so relaxing. Also I find sewing very relaxing (unless I stress over a mistake but then I just leave it for a while) and hand sewing that you need to do for a project is even more relaxing.

Michelle and Jamie said...

My relaxation involves ME time....I go for a run. I go to Target and just walk the aisles looking at new items, clearance items, and everything in between. I may buy something, I may not...this is not a shopping trip, just an outing alone. I take a bath, even if only a 5 min bath, with the door closed and locked--no interruptions!

kmbutrfly said...

we relax after our LO goes to bed. usually it is watching a movie or reading together, or just talking. i like to get out and run errands while my husband watches our daughter. i don't know if it's relaxing, exactly, but it's a nice break from running all the errands together (which i also enjoy!), and if i'm at target and get time to browse for clothes or shoes, then that's a bonus too!

Plowmanators said...

Thank you to everyone for your fabulous ideas! Now to implement...

kellilayne said...

I think it's hilarious that half of these responses involved going to target! (which is what i also do to relax!)

kellilayne said...

I think it's hilarious that half of these responses involved going to target! (which is what i also do to relax!)

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