Life Well Lived: Relaxation Techniques

Its time for another Life Well Lived Getting Happy panel!

102: Chill & UnwindThis week is quite fitting for me right now: What are your favorite relaxation techniques? And what benefits do you see from practicing them?

I’ve been SO busy that I’ve actually, this past week, not had time to even edit my daily photos! Time to relax has come at a premium, but its also VERY important to help stay sane when things get busy.

I have a variety of relaxation techniques that I turn to as they fit in my days or nights (or even the season!)

One of my favorite relaxation techniques (that I don’t get to do often at all) is a hot bubble bath.  I would say a “long hot bubble bath” but I can never seem to sit in the tub for long before I actually go from relaxing to being bored. I suppose I am strange that way, but its true. Nonetheless, a bubble bath is one of my favorite escapes from “life” for a little while.

You’re going to roll your eyes at me, but I actually play a few of those games on Facebook that people will complain about their friends playing. I just have all my posts set to only show to those friends who also play. But at the end of the day, when I want to just shut the brain off and let go of the day and its many stresses, I log into Facebook and play a game or two. By the time I am done, I am ready to crawl into bed, sufficiently relaxed.  (Sometimes, though, I opt for games like Draw Something on my phone for that day disconnect.)

I mentioned the season helping determine some of my relaxation techniques. In the winter, I love a cup of hot chocolate or hot coffee in front of a the fire. In the summer, an adult beverage with friends or by the lake (or with friends by the lake) is a favorite technique as well.

Finally, the old stand-bys are always helpful. Those include taking deep breaths, stretching my neck and shoulder muscles, going for a walk, listening to soft music, and having a conversation with God. All of these will always, without fail, help me relax and settle down in any situation.

So tell me… what are your favorite techniques? Tell me here, or go visit the Main Post on and join me in the comments. Also enter the current Life Well Lived Sweepstakes!

Weekly Winners (May 20 – 27)

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!


Photos taken using my Droid Razr or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.


193: Goodguys Nashville Nationals
Goodguys Nashville Nationals

Goodguys Nashville Nationals
Reflecting on the moment

Goodguys Nashville Nationals
Goodguys Nashville Nationals

Goodguys Nashville Nationals
Goodguys Nashville Nationals

Goodguys Nashville Nationals
Goodguys Nashville Nationals

Goodguys Nashville Nationals
Goodguys Nashville Nationals

Crane in flight
Crane in flight

195: Glasses lined up
Glasses lined up

196: Hanging around
Hanging around

198: Neon


Week-end wrap up

It’s been a busy week. Looking forward to a slower next week, only to dive into an even busier week after that. But that it then, this is now.

I haven’t had time to do any blog posts all week, but I thought I could pause for a moment to throw out a few passing thoughts from the past week.

  • Allergies are evil. I’m ready for the environment to settle down a bit (less fronts pushing through) so my allergies will settle down, too.
  • When you don’t go to the grocery store for almost a month, you can be certain you’ll be that person pushing the overflowing cart through the store. But armed with a good list and a stack of coupons, it can be a fun challenge to be efficient and economical while you break the bank.
  • Sometimes its hard to know if you’re shooting what a client wants, but you have to just have faith in yourself that you’re doing a good job.
  • A news report about airlines charging extra for aisle and/or window seats, making it hard for families to sit together have left me livid. I’ve had to make long flights separated from my husband before because we bought out tickets late. Okay, fine. But the thought of children being separated from their parents leaves me just… spitting mad.
  • Saw this on Twitter the other day: Kyle Cook ‏@StalkingKyle — Journalism (when unbiased) is the only real conduit of truth between us and the politicians. More kids should seek this profession. I’m still proud of having a journalism degree… I just wish journalism was still truly unbiased. Too many try to sway opinions (even in news versus editorials) and its too much about selling papers. I want news, not sensational famous stories.
  • Sleep. Its important. I am learning (slowly) to not give it up in exchange for other things. You gotta give your body time to recharge and mend itself (if you’re not feeling well or fighting allergies like I am.)
  • I ran into so many people lately who haven’t been paying attention — be it by listening or by just keeping a head’s up. Makes me want to get out of my phone more and back into the world. Something I want to work on…
  • Ukelele is just fun to say.
  • Two little joys I found this week: A fresh Brita pitcher filter and a big bowl of Cheerios.
  • I receive a free sample of Lipton’s Tea & Honey packs this week from Klout. I AM IN LOVE. Can I get a case of these? Please?
  • My nephew graduated from junior high. He’s now a high schooler. He was born when I was in high school.
  • I am sooooooooooooooo proud of my niece and nephew and all their many accomplishments this past school year. Another year in the books. Welcome to summer.