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Oddities: What is relaxation?


I’m not talking about any medical terms or what the generalized consensus of relaxation is. I’m asking what you, as an individual, find relaxing. Do you read books, to delve into unknown depths of the tales within, or do you play video games for the thrill? Perhaps you go for walks in nature, or spend time drawing?

For me, what’s most important for relaxing is chatting with friends. Just talking to them about daily occurrences and common interests. Re-occurring discussions include games and books – both things I enjoy using for my relaxation. Just to take a break from work, or college. It’s a great way to escape and journey to different worlds, pondering the history and what could or should have happened.

Which brings me to my next point. Thoughts.

I love thinking. It helps me come to an internal peace – whether I think about random things or specific topics, like the games I play or the stories I read. Or my writing; another common thing I think about.

My most prominent character

Chibi Damien, drawn by ~EnshroudedVixen on deviantArt

I often think about Damien. Why? Because thinking about him means I can ponder my novel Tales of The Forbidden and its sequels. Sure, I consider writing a career and therefore, writing my novel is a job. Despite that, thinking about it in my spare time helps me relax and just enjoy the day.

Odd, how stressful things can make a complete one-eighty and be the exact opposite. I won’t complain; I’m glad it does that, really glad. Without that sudden difference, I’d have less chances to take a step back and calm myself. Whereas gaming and reading is an excellent help at times, thinking about future projects and even current ones can have the same effect – if not more so.

I love it.

Damien is a great source of inspiration and relaxation. Not just him, but any character I’ve ever written about or will write about. Someday. Each and every one of them aid me more than I could ever express in words. And for that, I’m grateful. They act as a scale; causing stress and tension at times, but lessening the load at others. I need that scale in my life. I don’t want to lose it.

It makes me who I am.

What helps you to relax, or what do you do when you want to take a break from the stress life causes?

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

9 thoughts on “Oddities: What is relaxation?

  1. I am sooooo stressed at the moment that the only way I can relax is to read. It takes me to somewhere different and I just love that alternative place that I can escape to.

    When I was a student, my best way to relax was to study. I know many say that being a student is difficult/stressful etc, I found it to be a really exciting time. Maybe I need to start researching something new.

    • I’m sorry to hear that life is causing stress for you at the time. Reading is a great way to escape such times; I love delving into different places, like you.

      That’s not so odd, actually. I can relax when studying, though not quite when studying what I’m meant to. I study Ancient Egyptian history and their pantheon in my free time and it’s something I enjoy doing immensely.
      Perhaps you should start researching; it’s always worth a try!

  2. I relax best when I have the house all to myself. I relish the quietness. The calm. I then either write or read to take my mind someplace else. Another reality. Another time.

    Another way I relax is by listening to music. The type depends on my mood at the moment.

    Love this post!

    • Each of those things I can relate to. Reading and writing is amazing for relaxing – especially when there’s calm and stillness to go with it.

      Music can often help as well. Though for relaxing, I tend to go more for video game soundtracks; things without lyrics. Instead, just a melody.

  3. Reading this has encouraged me to think about my own relaxation and you know what? I have come to the conclusion I don’t actually relax!!!!! Yoga (cliched perhaps) was always my escape from pressures and anxiety but these days my stressy self and my down time self seem to have morphed into one.
    Eek – you’ve reminded me I need to address the issue of balance in my life.

    • I’m glad my post has gotten you to think! Yoga is one of those “common” terms used when it comes to relaxations. That kind of morphing does make it difficult to really find out how and when to relax; I hope you manage to figure it out.
      You can do it! Just don’t give up. 🙂

  4. I could say watching television, but I’ve made the shows I watch such a vital part of my routine it doesn’t really qualify anymore.
    In taking the time to neatly polish my nails and do designs on them is when I find true relaxation despite it being time consuming and meticulous work.

    • Watching television does help, but like you said, for you their more of a routine than anything.
      The polishing nails aspect I can understand, as it’s something you greatly enjoy and being able to take the time to do it, despite it being meticulous work, would be relaxing.

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