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50 Ways to Keep Calm

Updated on July 31, 2014

Keep Calm...

When is the last time some one suggested you take a chill pill? How about asking you to keep calm? Chances are in your busy lifestyle, stress had the upper hand and you had to take back control of your life.

Whether your relaxation break is for 5 minutes or 5 hours, you've earned the right to kick back and do your thing.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and de-stress yourself.

We need to retrain our brain to keep calm. We need to remember that taking a break helps revitalize your state of mind.

Taking a breather from everyday routines could help restore your energy.

Some times you just have to walk away from what you are doing and take a deep breath. It doesn't matter if you work from home or at an office, we all need an occasional break.

Trust me when I say that not only will your health and mental state appreciate it, but so will your family.

Keep Calm and Relax
Keep Calm and Relax

Anxiety levels are reduced when you move from one task to a much needed breather.

A more relaxed you makes you a nicer person to be around.

No matter what you do on break, remember that it's your reward for being the awesome person you are.

I've listed 50 ways to take a break. All of these things could be done in less than 30 minutes.

Some ideas might require a wee bit of manual labor, but a bit of exercise never hurt no one.

I'm sure there are many, many more ways to relax, so please list your ways below in the comment section so that others could enjoy them also.

Keep shining!

Keep Calm and Take a Chill Pill
Keep Calm and Take a Chill Pill

Ways to chill out...

  • Give or receive a hug. A hug a day keeps the blues at bay.
  • Take a bubble bath and soak in the tub. Rubber duckies are optional.
  • Stand up and stretch, bend and touch your toes. If you can't touch your toes...
  • Drop and do 20 push ups. One of my favorite ways. Push ups are great for overall body conditioning and they also help reduce stress. Counter push ups are also beneficial.
  • Drink a shot of your favorite whiskey.
  • Smoke a cigarette or your smoke of choice.
  • Phone a friend for a chat or use your iPhone and FaceTime.
  • Play Words With Friends or Candy Crush.
  • Visit an elderly neighbor who is alone.
  • Watch a TV sitcom and laugh until your face hurts.
  • Sip a cup of tea or coffee. Treat yourself to your favorite dessert.
  • Pluck your eyebrows. This applies to men also and add nose and ear hairs.
  • Buy yourself some flowers. Where is it written that you have to wait for someone to bring you flowers? Nowhere.
  • Read the newspaper, a magazine or a book. Subscribe to the Sunshine Times and you'll receive a daily, virtual newspaper via email filled with entertaining articles.
  • Look at family photos.
  • Visit your favorite online retail website and shop until you drop.
  • Take a chill pill of your choice. Just be sure it makes you chill.
  • Take your dog for a walk. Breathe in the fresh air and be one with nature.
  • Pet your cat. Have a purring contest. See who could purr the loudest or longest.
  • File your fingernails, clip your toenails, use the clippings as target practice.

Keep Calm and Just Breathe
Keep Calm and Just Breathe

More ways to keep calm...

  • Wash your car. Wax on, wax off. This helps with your patience level. I wax on, wax off almost daily.
  • Have a healthy or unhealthy snack, the choice is yours.
  • Check the sofa cushions for spare change. Pennies add up over time. As all hubbers know.
  • Have a text-a-thon with a few friends. I text 3-4 friends at once and then try my best not to send the wrong message to the wrong person. So far, so good!
  • Is something on your mind that's pestering your train of thought? Write a rant. Join HubPages and share your rants with the entire community.
  • Take a siesta. 30 minutes of rest or a nap could reenergize you for the rest of the day.
  • Play hide and seek with or without the kids.
  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Watch YouTube videos. You would be amazed what you could learn from YouTube videos.
  • Listen to music and shake your money maker.
  • Check your Twitter feed and pester a celebrity to follow you back. It worked for me. Three years ago I was a pest to Ellen DeGeneres until she followed me back. I kept tweeting her that all I wanted for Christmas was a follow from Ellen and I got it.
  • Search on Ebay for a toy from your childhood. Go ahead and Buy It Now. You're never too old to play with toys. Many adults have "toys."
  • Write the longest sentence ever without pausing or punctuation. It's a fun challenge!
  • Respond to your emails that have accumulated in your inbox. Unsubscribe to spam emails.
  • Sign onto Facebook and "poke" all your friends.
  • Pamper yourself an egg white facial. This applies to men, women, kids and grandkids! Make it a family event.

When is the last time you slid down a slide?


Yet more ways to relax...

  • Visit the neighborhood park. Swing, slide, climb. Just be careful of the children, you are on their turf so play nice.
  • Play a prank on a friend or family member. Guaranteed laughs will follow.
  • Forgive yourself or forgive someone else.
  • Learn something new. Challenge yourself to start and finish a new project.
  • Read poetry. Be dramatic with your reading. If you are alone, read in front of the mirror. Be a poet and know it!
  • Pin some pictures on Pinterest.
  • Do something kind for someone.
  • Give yourself a neck massage.
  • Color with crayons. Make homemade cards.
  • De-clutter a room.
  • Bake a cake and celebrate you!
  • Clean out your closet. Place any clothing you haven't worn in one year in a bag and donate them to a charity.
  • Light a candle. Meditate. Practice yoga.
  • Eat chocolate. Slowly. Repeat as needed.
  • Breathe. Just breathe. Then breathe again.

Have you taken your break today?

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Faith Hill - Breathe

© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      You have some very unique insights on how to keep calm. I would never think of starting a rant thread to calm myself, that is too funny.

      I really enjoyed reading this hub. No unfairness here! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Effer! :)

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      FIFTY--ONE!! Have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! It's party time!

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      4 years ago

      These are wonderful ways to chill. Great hub. nice photo

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Poetryman and Daisy! :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      I've returned to read your list another time. You truly are the List Diva of HubPages.

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      4 years ago

      Youtube is a good a time waster as I have ever seen. I also use it to learn how to do things.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You are welcome Teaches! Have fun!

      Yes, MM I do remember. Him and I also share the day with George Michael. Only difference is George and I hit the big 5-0. Happy June! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Michelle! Just breathe.

      Enjoy the slides Jools. You are never too old! :)

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Happy June, dear Linda...the start of a fabulous month...

      For me, I plan to relax by chillin and remembering why I love a very special June baby! She shares the same day as my favorite nephew, if you were wondering...

      Seven months later, these ideas are great as ever...hey, gimme back my voodoo doll! Love, MM

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      You look like you are having a relaxing visit with your sweet child on the slide. That's my idea of relaxation. Thanks for the great suggestions.

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      Jools Hogg 

      5 years ago from North-East UK

      Great read! And now that I've seen that photo of you and Faith, I want to go down a's been too long! We had one in the garden when Jane was small but it is long gone - in those days, my summers were filled with ad hoc sliding :o)

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      I am super tired now and needed to read and share this! Thanks for the tips again, Linda!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Justateach, HubPages is a good way to relax. Thanks for stopping by for a chill pill :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Steph, I'm clueless on how to relax. I wrote this article to try and motivate myself. I haven't practiced what I preach yet :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Laurinzo, I also play with all the noisy toys at Walmart to the point of embarassing my family, but it's WallyWorld and anything is allowed there! :)

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      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      One of these days I'll have time to take a break! Right now, my break is coming to HubPages and see what other people are doing...this is a wonderful list!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      5 years ago from USA

      You sure are an expert on the many ways to relax... and here I thought I was good! You've mentioned many of my favorite ways to relax, and many things I hadn't thought of. One of my favorites when I was really stressed at work would be to buy myself flowers for my desk. Seeing and smelling a fresh flower would always perk me right up. Now don't forget to take your own advice when you need a break! :) Voted up and shared.

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      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Very good advice my friend... and no I haven't slid down a slide today. But every time I go to Wal-Mart I go down the toy lanes and play with every noisemaking toy there is... most people stare (adults anyway) knowing they want to join in and are afraid.

      You are blessed to have your granddaughter near you... I have to borrow my friends little ones to go see the latest animated movie; which has Me laughing louder then the kids.

      I will never grow old!!!

      Great hub and nice pic...

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi LoveDoc, Yes that's my granddaughter Faith. She's 6 yrs old now. She's also about to become a big sister next month! Yay!

      No water slides for me, that's too stressful. I hope you enjoy a relaxing a day, week, month and 2013.

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      5 years ago

      These are fun ideas for relaxation. That is such a cute picture of you on the slide. Is that your granddaughter? I've always loved going to amusement parks so going down the slide is my definition of fun. Have you ever gone down a water slide? sooo much fun! I haven't gone down a slide since I was kid except for the slides at Rapids Water Park. That park is so much fun! Going through the sofa cushions and finding change is awesome! the other day I found $2.oo inside another purse I hardly ever use. It made me smile. who knows how long it had been sitting there. Going for a bike ride is another great way to relax. voting up!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you SkeetyD for the share and your comment!

      Hi Linda, It sounds like you could chillax a bit :)

      LaLiz! Always nice to see you, I appreciate the pin. Enjoy your coffee breaks!

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      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wonderful list, Linda! I am printing it out and pinning it to my board. I can do these :) Love the coffee break, that will be on the top of my list!

      Have a great one :)

      Voting up and everything.....

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      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Like so many others have said, this is a GREAT list. I'm not sure what to think about myself though. It seems that I do more breaking than working. I may have to work on that. :-)

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      5 years ago

      I love this hub. Relaxing is essential for a good life and you have listed some really unique things to do to relax. Voted up and shared!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Poetic Fool, GoGreenTips, Don Balderas, Abbykorinnelee, Nora411

      Your comments are appreciated. I hope you are enjoying some new relaxing techniques.

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      5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Mine is my coffee break, it has to happen daily or everyone is in danger! Great advice voting up!

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      Abigayle Malchow 

      5 years ago from Ripon Wisconsin

      I need to follow this:) I don't know how to relax

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      5 years ago

      It must be very easy to find ways to ease yourselves from the days' work. You only have to focus on what you want and do it freely. No questions, no buts, no ifs. Go and plunge into something you like doing best. And presto, find joy in the plunge.

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      Greg Johnson 

      5 years ago from Indianapolis

      My favorite is having a snack. mine is usually unhealthy. But I always say that is what makes it happy food! My wife's would be have a cigarette.

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      Poetic Fool 

      5 years ago

      Hi, Linda! The great thing about your hubs is that if none of your ideas strikes a chord (which is almost impossible by the way) they are certain to make you think of something that does. You've lots of good ideas to help relax here. When I get to stressed I'm partial to burying my face in my pillow and screaming. It lets off a lot of steam and I always feel better afterwards. I'm also partial to talking walks and heading to the park and playing on the swings. I believe you listed that idea. Sure, I get a few odd looks from time to time but there is something about this simple childish activity that is simultaneously relaxing and soothing. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Oscortega ~ George ~ Vinaya ... I'm glad I was able to offer you some ideas to relax with. Thank you for your comments!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Sunshine,

      It is festival time in Nepal and I want to take a break from the festivities by following your great ideas.


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      George Greene Jr. 

      6 years ago from California PA

      When I need a break from my school work, I actually go online and find a SUDOKU puzzle that is at the minimum medium solving. It gets my mind reinvigorated so The rest of my homework comes as less a challenge.

      Great Hub!

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      6 years ago from California

      Great Hub.

      There are many different things that I do to break the monotony of my daily tasks and routines. However, my favorite form of relaxing and breaking away from the many tasks I am committed to is playing a few rounds of my favorite Xbox game, Modern Warfare 3. Believe it or not, it helps me to regroup and refocus on the tasks at hand.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      MomsTreasureChest, I hope you enjoyed your break.

      DDE, I also enjoy my walks with nature.

      Shasta, That was a great catch by! Yes, #51 is a bonus! :)

      Stillwaters, I hope you continue to enjoy your hub breaks.

      Thank you all for your comments.

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      6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for this necessary hub. My target following, fellow caretakers, needs this drastically. I hub to take a break.

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      What a great long list of ways to relax. With this many ways, we should all be completely at ease and have world peace! I counted 51! You gave us a bonus. Voted up and shared.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have shred brilliant ideas in taking a break my best one is taking a walk it makes me feel alive. Thanks for this Hub

    • MomsTreasureChest profile image


      6 years ago

      Great Advice, I think I'll stop soon and do a few things on the list!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Be sure and post a video of that moneymaker Christy!! :)

      Great idea Ruchira! Nothing like a hot cuppa tea and the Sunshine Times! :)

      Sounds awesome Doc! Scotch and HP sound like a great way to relax!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      I so need a break Sunshine... I really do. Florida feels so long back. So maybe I'll stretch in a nice warm bath while sipping a glass of my favourite scotch and reading hubpages on my iPad... Thank you...

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      6 years ago from United States

      I usually take a break with my cup of evening tea and your sunshine times. LOVE it :)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I plan to listen to music and "shake my moneymaker" as you say hehe! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Sasha, I'm glad you enjoyed your break :)

      Imagination, thanks for passing on the feeling good vibes!

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      6 years ago

      Taking a break sounds easy with your list, great hub. Voted up! I've just taken a break for a week and I feel so good and feeling vibe:)

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      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      I love this! ^_^ So funny... yet incredibly useful. Just reading this is a great mood boosting break. "use the clippings as target practice".... priceless ^_^ Voting a bunch and sharing!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      shiningirisheyes ~ TToombs08 ~ unknown spy ~ Jamie Brock

      Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your break! :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      What a great list of ways to take a break.. Love this! I used to have obsession on Twitter to get celebrities or actually bravolebrities to follow me..LOL! I finally got Alexis Bellino to follow me..hehe. I am obsessed with the "Real Housewives" on Bravo. It's actually pretty fun to bug them...:0)~ Wonderful hub, voting up and sharing!

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hehehe that'z amazing! i know a friend who's middle name is "breaktime"..well, she's always on break :)

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Sunshine, I agree! Everyone needs to take a break and just live. Collin, Mike and I love to go to the park and chase each other around and slide. SO, it's been about a week since I've slid down a slide! :) I also like to bake cookies to relax. And I love the smell of chocolate chip cookies. yum! :) Voted up and sharing.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Wonderful uplifting whimsical hub filled with snippets of humor and wonderful ways to take a break - some ways I am a master at! LOL

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Valid point Cogerson! Faith is much better with sitcoms:)

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      Hey my house watching a movie can take up to two or three days to watch with 10 to 15 minute windows of opportunities that popping up every once in a while.....I blame Samantha and Emily for

      Since I am back and I went and gave you some more votes up and across the board.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Nell, You are never to old to swing and slide...well, actually some people might be, but not us.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Awesome linda! I would love to go to the kids slide! or even the swings, I used to do that when my son was small, he was a good excuse for trying out all the kids stuff! lol! and the chill pill? yep maybe! voted up! nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Deb ~ Mary ~ Michelle ~ Trinity ... Hello ladies! I'm glad to hear you take your breaks as needed. Deb, I almost added pick weeds. That's a great workout also. Way to go Trinity with 20 breaks! Thanks for your comments :)

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      Trinity M 

      6 years ago

      Linda you are the list Queen! :) I love your lists and this one is no exception. Personally I couldn’t live without a break (or 20 in my case – lol), and you have some great ideas that I haven’t tried yet… like your text-a-thon, hmmmm… Great hub Linda; up and useful all the way.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Love all your suggestions, Your Majesty, Queen of Lists!! I am definitely taking a break after writing for today and petting my dogs (I have no cats.)Thanks for the suggestions!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      The Queen Reigns! Another great list....take a 'chill pill', boy I've heard that one a million times, but seriously though you use humor your subject is right on!

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      Good list. I like to take the dog for a walk, and then she's happy, too. Or I spend a few minutes mindlessly pulling weeds from the garden when I need to get up from the computer screen.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Cogerson, this list is for a break of 30 minutes or less hence a sitcom and not a movie :)

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      Very nicely done....lots of great things to do in this hub.....congrats on your Ellen follow....glad you got that Xmas gift. I looked twice and did not see watch a Julia or Sandra movie if you are a female.....or watch a Bruce Willis movie if you are a male.....I saw watch a tv sitcom....but where is the love for movies? I enjoyed reading your I decided to vote your hub up, interesting and useful.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      MM, You seem to have your break all planned out. Perfectly! :)

      Good luck Alocsin....enjoy your breaks!

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm going to pin this up next to my computer and just go down the list everytime I need a break. Great suggestions. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      My dream break is taking a stroll with the love of my life (my pooch, effer... not Dusty)...and I can hum a little tune, dream of where I wanna stick the pins in my voo-doo doll for some jerk and see if I can get a cup of lemonade from Lucy's stand to go with my chill pill...

      OK, it's convoluted but it works! Voted UP and UABI...Hugs, MM

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hello ignugent17 ~ Sharkey11 ~ Poetic Fool ~ Effer ~ Rosemay50 ~ Alecia Murphy ~ Giblin Girl ~ Tricia1000

      Thank you all for sharing what you do to chill and kick back for a bit each day. I appreciate you sharing! :)

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Taking a break is a part of everyday life for me- I don't know how people do without taking a break. Even if it means just listening to a song for a couple of minutes and smiling.

      As always, an awesome and much needed list!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      An excellent list from 'The List Queen' Some great ideas and suggestions.

      I do quite a few of these, and also love to spend some time in the garden either weeding, planting or just sitting with a cuppa.

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      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Awesome hub. I firmly believe that taking breaks is crucial. It definitely helps you stay more alert and productive throughout the day. I always go for a walk at lunch time - rain or shine.

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      Poetic Fool 

      6 years ago

      Excellent advice, Sunshine! You've got lots of good ideas to de-stress here, if only people are willing to take a few minutes. Sometimes we get so caught up being busy we forget to take some time for ourselves. I for one can attest to that. Thanks for the ideas. I'm going to put a post it note on my monitor to remind myself to get up and go take a walk or something!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Linda......Yes Sir-eee I take my breaks everyday! Actually, I have no choice. My old mind and body go into a "lull period..." but hey, that's the beauty of retirement!! You offer some superb ideas.....have used most, if not all and made up a whole bunch more!!! LOL

      You look like a FUN-Grandma!!! Did you land on your bummer at the bottom of the slide??..........UP ++++

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      6 years ago from South Africa

      I really enjoyed your article (while taking a break). I have seen quite a couple of things on your list which I want to try out.

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      Jayme Kinsey 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great hub! I think I have tried everyone of these...except playing with nail clippings. Maybe I will try to do all 50 in one day. Thanks for the laugh the chance to take a break.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for reminding us to take a break. It is always nice to have a time to relax. I am having fun reading your hub and after this I will take my break.

      Have a good day! :-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      34th...LOL! I don't judge! :)

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      34th Bomb Group 

      6 years ago from Western New York State

      Not completely!!!!!!!!!!!!! Caught me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      34th, Are we "really" kidding? :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Peggy W ~ MHatter99 ~ Rcrumple ~ Vellur ~ Chitrangada Sharan ~ Angie Jardine ~ Jools99

      Your comments are appreciated. I hope you take time out to smell the roses, or pick some or at least buy yourself some! :)

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      34th Bomb Group 

      6 years ago from Western New York State

      I'll pick booze and pills... (not really!)

      Great ideas!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Linda, I'm totally with you on the 'teak a break' advice - I go out every morning at about 7pm for a 5 mile walk with my mam and sister and I consider that my 'break' every day - I never go without it, come rain or shine and I always get back home feeling invigorated and ready for whatever the dat throws at me. I could do with a slide in my garden though....or a swing....or a paddling pool.....all great 'alternative' breaks.

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      Angie Jardine 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Had a whole day off yesterday … AFK for hours! Spent it in the sunshine beside the sea … just mooching … and occasionally munching.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Awesome hub, great relaxing ideas. My favorite however is listening to soulful music, with my eyes closed. Going for a long drive in natural surroundings--- along with my family is another stress reliever.

      Thanks for sharing another interesting hub.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Great ideas!! I listen to music, read a book or just sleep. I love the slide, I should try it again!!

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      6 years ago from Kentucky


      If I stop I nod off to sleep. I must keep going, and going, and going. zzzzzzzzz Too late! Great list from the Queen of Lists! Great Job!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing. I am taking a break right now.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Currently cleaning our closets and donating items and de-cluttering which are on your list of suggested things to do.

      Spending time in the garden and sharing plants with neighbors and friends is also something I am currently doing and which feels nice.

      Will have to get back to doing some artwork which is truly a nice break for me. Playing favorite music when I am in a creative mood is also soothing and fits into the taking a break mode. Good hub. Up, useful and will share.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hey Carol, breathing is always a great idea! :)

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      so much to do and so little time. There are so many ways to take a break.. I think I like the just Breathe

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      billybuc ~ writer20 ~ jellygator ~ JanineHuldie ~ Jordanwalker39 ~ Daisy Mariposa ~ drbj ~ teaches12345 ~ mary615 ~ kat thurston ...

      Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you all lots of chill pills and relaxation methods that you deserve to appreciate your breaks! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I swear you read my mind! The Hub I'm working on is so similar to this one, I'll be asking to link the two together. It's important to take a break every now and then, and your list is good, Linda.

      I voted this Hub UP, will share.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, Linda, for these ingenious take-a-break suggestions. My favorites are watching an unusual You Tube video, eating chocolate very s-l-o-w-l-y, and not forgetting to breathe, breathe, breathe all simultaneously.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I need to slide down more playslides! It is a fun activity. What a great list for taking those much needed breaks. I love it when take a walk or just sit and watch an old movie. Your hub is therapy.

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      6 years ago

      I love this I had to laugh at a couple of these. I often find myself reranging or organzing my desk to relax. I also like to knit and crochet.

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      6 years ago

      I love relaxing in a few ways you've mentioned. Now I have a few more to try! :) Voted up.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, totally loved your latest list and have to agree that every now and again we do need to take a break. When I had a bad day the other day, once my husband was indeed home I escaped to take a shower (it wasn't much, but did help me re-group). Hey it wasn't much but it did help me to unwind and take that much needed break. Great job though as always and very happy to vote up and share all over too :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      6 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      I really like this list...maybe because I felt relaxed as I was reading it.

      I'm always impressed with your lists. This is one of your best.

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      6 years ago from NC

      Great list! I personally like to ride my bike, which is on the list. I might try searching ebay for my childhood toys...

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wow! 50 ways to relax. Most of them are great ideas,today I was trimming back an overgrown plant then later did the same for another plant this relaxed me.

      Voted up useful and very interesting, Joyce.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are the queen of these lists. I always come away from one of your lists wondering how you dream up so many items that are all related to the subject. I am pretty sure I couldn't do it once and yet you do it time and time again. Great read Linda!


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