7 Relaxing Activities I Wish I Can Do Today

Do you feel like you're always in a race to finish your work?
Do you feel like you're always in a race to finish your work?

Everyone needs to take a break

Who does not want to get some relaxing time and recharge? I’m sure everyone wants some special time for himself. Of course every person has different ways to relax and recharge. I thought about what relaxing activities I want to do and here they are.

7. Take a leisurely walk

Sure, walking is a healthy, low impact exercise, but when you’re trying to get your finger on the biometrics pad on time, it’s more stressful that relaxing. I usually walk around 15 minutes a day instead of getting stuck on a 30-minute traffic jam. For a relaxing change, I want to take a leisurely walk in the park where there are lots of trees and none of the toxic fumes from vehicles. A leisurely walk at night is also a welcomed retreat from the day’s toil.

Reality check:

Unless your office is located in a park, the closest you can get to a forest-like or at least park-like ambiance is your screen saver or the indoor plant on the corner that nobody notices. So savor your walks to the next department or getting some documents signed. Oh yes, enjoy your trips to the toilet, the walk going there may be all you have. Also, avoid caressing the indoor plant too often, it might just look too creepy for some.

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6. Read a book

Another relaxing activity I want to do is to just read a book. From CS Lewis’ classics to more recent spectacular reads, I’d give almost anything just to get myself away from the office table and read a book cover to cover in one sitting.

Reality check:

You might just consider financial statements and reports as the next best seller.

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5. Lie down on grass

When was the last time you took time out just to lie on the grass? Lounging under a tree can be so meditative and relaxing. My wife and I have a special place in University of The Philippines Campus we call “slope”. We used to go there just to relax and commune with nature. There’s also a place we call “5 palms” where it’s equally quiet and tranquil.

Reality check:

The green grass-like welcome rug near the building entrance is not a viable substitute for the real thing. So think twice before you cozy up on the rug.

Again, don’t get too intimate with the potted plants in your office.

4. Stare at nothing

Have you stared blankly at nothing and felt refreshed? Well, that’s one of the activities I’d like to do today. Sometimes a few minutes of doing nothing and thinking of nothing can recharge the tired body and mind.

Reality check:

Of course I can do this at work but that can be counterproductive to my security of tenure. But some have mastered the art of looking busy and do this effortlessly. It’s a skill I have not mastered.

It does not have to be an Ancient Roman bathtub.  Any bathtub will do.
It does not have to be an Ancient Roman bathtub. Any bathtub will do. | Source

3. Soak in the bathtub

A warm bath, with lots of soap suds, that’s a relaxing way to drown the day’s stresses. When a bathtub is not available, a warm shower will do. It’s not the same but the warm water on your body can really make the difference. Of course take your time, there’s no need to hurry. Enjoy the soak – or the shower.

Reality check:

If your office does not have a bathtub for employees to soak in or a shower room, you’d better settle for that wash room faucet and splash some water in your face – that can be revitalizing as well. I have not heard of any office with bathtubs for their employees.

2. Get a massage

A full body massage sounds enticing as the day progresses. Whether it’s from the poor posture in front of the computer or a psychosomatic reaction to work stress, loosening the tension in the muscles sounds like bliss. Although I have this fondness for Thai massage and shiatsu, any type of massage will do.

Reality check:

The office does not usually provide such a service. A few nape or shoulder self-rubs may be my last resort. But I’m not really into pleasuring myself in public.

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1. Sleep

A relaxing sleep, even a nap can make the difference between stress and clarity. Sleep without interruptions, sleep on a comfortable bed, clean sheets and comfy pillows – that’s a delight right now.

Reality check:

Yes, some have tried this at work to their own detriment. Sure, they got their shut eye time, but unfortunately, with detrimental repercussions.

The stresses all around can sap anyone’s strength and worse enthusiasm and motivation. Finding little moments to relax and energize in the office is something everyone must regularly do. Chances are the closest I can get to these relaxing activities is the quick shower when I get home. But then again, better that than not taking a bath at all.

So what do you do to take work stress away?

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Georgina_writes 4 years ago from Dartmoor

Very witty! Rating up.


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munchwaffle 4 years ago from Philippines

I go underwater! :D You must get a good snooze all the time ;)


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

So lovely. Just reading the points is relaxing. I like them all. However, when I do No 4: My friends say: "Hello Elena, is anybody there?". lol.

Great Hub.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Georgina_writes. Thanks for dropping by and I appreciate the rate up.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there munchwaffle. The closest I can get to going underwater is sticking my head in a pail of water. LOL Thanks for dropping by. See you around. :)


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Lady_E. I appreciate the visit and the comments. I sometimes find myself drifting much like No. 4 but I usually snap out of it and get back to work. I must enjoy it more next time.


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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

I wish I had time to take a nap everyday after work. It's what I tell myself that I'll do everyday to avoid thinking about how tired i am - but I usually hit the gym instead. Nice hub!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Pinkchic18. You're lucky to go to the gym. I no longer have time for that.


Issa 4 years ago

I wish i could do all of these as well. I need some relaxing activities. Stress from work is bugging me down.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi issa, how's coleen? Anyway, I know how you feel. Sometimes I just want to make a quick getaway into some secluded spot far from the stresses of work - that's called dereliction of duties. :)


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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

Ha! I love your 'reality checks'! Especially caressing the indoor plants - something I do probably more than I should - but I try too do it furtively (probably makes me look even creepier...). Love the Hub, and some great useful tips for relaxing :)


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Redberry Sky. Imagining and writing relaxing things I want to do is the closest I can get to doing them. LOL But whenever we get the chance we really need to unplug and set time for ourselves. without taking care of our selves, life becomes more stressful. I love that you like the hub.


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Angel198625 4 years ago

I loved this hub! It had tips for relaxing that I personally enjoy, and the reality checks were so true for some people and funny at the same time. I also liked how you included the part about how we all need to take time for ourselves ~smiles~


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Angel198625,

We are often too busy doing things for others - that's not really bad but when we forget to take care of ourselves that's when the problem begins. I'm glad you like the hub. See you around. :)


Nate Penn 4 years ago

Soak in the bath is my favorite. Peace and quiet. Just don't doze off and drown. :)


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Nate,

I love the feeling of warm water, and the peace and silence of the bath room. Even for just a few minutes, you can really relax. And yes, try not to drown in the process. Thanks for the reminder. :)


Jenn 4 years ago

I know one employee who stares at nothing a lot. She looks so peaceful when she goes into that world of her own. too bad she did it too much at the office. She got fired. Too bad for her.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Jenn,

I think I know who you are talking about. There's a time for work and a time for rest. :)

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