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Tips for relaxing

December 08, 2000

Tips for relaxing

see also: Give yourself a gift this holiday season


  • Go outside. Take a walk in a park or drive into the country to view Christmas light displays at people's homes.
  • Set aside time to be nonproductive.
  • Listen to holiday music.
  • Treat yourself with the same care as you would your best friend.
  • Focus on doing what you would like to do rather than what you think you should be doing.
  • Do something active every day.
  • Keep your mind stimulated with crossword puzzles or other mind games.
  • Work on a hobby, read a book or write a letter.
  • Slow down with relaxation exercises or deep breathing.
  • Transform your home into a spa. Swap massages with your significant other or sprinkle mineral salts into a tub of hot water and soak. Take a nap afterward and gently return to activity.
  • Get some vigorous exercise.
  • Rest.


Sources: The Rev. Anne Weatherholt, rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Boonsboro; Barbara Andreadis, director of Crossroads Behavioral Therapy Center in Hancock; Mara Ashelman, who handles special projects at Coolfont Resort in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; and Debbie Stuff of Greencastle, Pa., who teaches exercise classes at Tuscarora Senior Activity Center in Mercersburg, Pa., and also teaches yoga

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