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different ways of relaxing how do you relax?

only49only49 Posts: 1,207
edited 6. Mar 2010, 13:18 in Living with Arthritis archive
hi has anyone got any tips of relaxing when resting of trying to wind down at the end of of a busy day,

sylvia
sylvia :)stern02.gif

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  • bailey27bailey27 Posts: 689
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    radox bath and a glass of wine
  • bluebeardbluebeard Posts: 260
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    avoid tea and coffee

    any alcohol

    have a watch of silly tv like eastenders

    dont watch violent or tense films or tv shows

    burn some lavender oil

    have a bath or shower if you can

    walk, if you can

    self massage your stiff areas

    get into bed early and put the radio on quiet
  • malc7747malc7747 Posts: 73
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I watch a program on TV that I WANT to watch then nod off whilst its on :)

    It seems more comfortable to nod of on the sofa than in bed. When I up I go to bed I play chess on the Nintendo DS which helps me relax.
    take care
    Malc
    :)
  • wallysattwallysatt Posts: 87
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I also have to watch tv to wind down. I like knitting and reading but I'm still using my joints while knitting and if I'm reading I'm putting pressure on my joints particually if it's a heavy book.

    My Mum and Dad bought me a digital tv recorder for my birthday a couple of years ago and it's great because I record progams and then when I'm having a bad day or need an evening of doing nothing I watch all the stuff I've recorded. It's been particually useful while the olympics has been on!
  • nuttynananuttynana Posts: 44
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi

    If I am particularly stressed I listen to a relaxation tape - really does bring me down as does other gentle music.

    I also treat myself to reflexology - magic....


    Hazel
  • ifeelninetyifeelninety Posts: 57
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Farmville on Facebook But very addictive !!! :lol:

    Although as previous posters have said, if I watch a TV program I am desperate to see, I usually am unconcious before 1st adverts, hubby wakes me up when it is done to go to bed, then I cant sleep :x
  • maria09maria09 Posts: 1,905
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    A glass or two of wine

    A long soak in a hot bath with a good book
  • sharmainesharmaine Posts: 1,638
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Sylvia

    I always find a nice bath/shower and soothing music makes me feel relaxed.
    If OH is feeling generous he will rub my feet with lotion and that relaxes me too. Or, I soak my feet in a basin full of nice warm water with my favourite smellies in.

    Sharmaine

    only49 wrote:
    hi has anyone got any tips of relaxing when resting of trying to wind down at the end of of a busy day,

    sylvia
  • babettebabette Posts: 128
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    delboy wrote:
    Meditation, can't beat it for relaxing and beating the stresses of everyday living.

    Note to self: Start meditating again.

    Hi

    Like Del I find meditation the best way to relax, my yoga teacher does this moving your awareness around various parts of your body and breathing into the joints thing; starting at the toes and working up. Sounds a bit odd and requires you to use quite a bit of visualisation, but when I was really stiff and painful last year I did this to help me get off to sleep. I never got past my neck as I usually dropped off before reaching my jaw. Fab!!

    Bx
  • tuppencetuppence Posts: 19
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Its difficult to relax here ....single mum 4 children under 13 lol .....but if I do get the rare opportunity ......long soak then bed with candles ,those smelly therapeutic candles ,lavender is good (candles not in the bed mind,I just need to point out !!)


    Oh and a glass of Baileys doesnt go amiss either !!! :D
  • skezierskezier Posts: 12,150
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Sylvia,

    I use music, meditation, drifting, more music and sitting with some sheep, on good day it works on a not so good one I use it all collectively only add in more music, more thumping the better :wink: Cris
  • only49only49 Posts: 1,207
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    hi just goes to show we all different :) proberly just as well :lol:
    sylvia :)stern02.gif
  • valvalvalval Posts: 15,897
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    bejeweld on fb to tire mind then warm bath and bed with book have read few times and wheat bags if needed
    val
  • seraphinaseraphina Posts: 2
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi, I also find it very hard to relax but I have a hypnosis cd which is very relaxing and even if I started with bad pain, by the end I can't feel it and that, for me is quite something!
    Otherwise a hot shower is great but once I'm in I don't want to get out, so put a towel on the radiator so I get out to a bit of comfort.
    Seraphina
  • harleyd14harleyd14 Posts: 259
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    hi..
    i kick the cat out of my chair, tell one of my sons to make me a cuppa NOW and then watch my hubby make dinner.....i find this the best way to relax and highly recommend this to anyone !!!!! :lol: Sallyxx
  • jean62jean62 Posts: 12
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi everyone I am new to posting . I tend to Relax in the Bath with scented candles around the bathroom and loads of Bubbles in the bath . I like to read when having a soak , but cant always concentrate when my RA is bad ,as it is tonight . so no reading tonight for me :( hopefully feel brighter after my Relaxing bath .look forward to chatting again :) Jean
  • gennyf47gennyf47 Posts: 30
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    only49 wrote:
    hi has anyone got any tips of relaxing when resting of trying to wind down at the end of of a busy day,

    sylvia

    I learnt Autogenic Training, it is really helpful, you can use it anytime, on the bus, in bed, sitting, etc. Get a GP referral then the course is free at the Royal London Homeopathic Hosp. My teacher has v bad arthritis and she found it has helped her a lot.
    Mindfulness meditations are good too, try Jon Kabat-Zinn or Mark Williams's books.
    Good Luck !

    xxx
  • woodbonwoodbon Posts: 4,969
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi,
    I have what I call my 'Chewing Gum' books! :lol: They are mostly novels that I've read many times and know almost be heart, no upsetting story line, and not demanding to read! James Herriot although some of the stories are sad, I can have a good cry, about a lost loved pet! Books I know by heart and when my husband sees me reading one of these he asks what the problem is now!!! :oops: :cry:
    Love Sue
  • ailsamaryailsamary Posts: 38
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    actaully when i'm up to it i like going to the seaside, i just love it,

    and strangely i find my tens machine relaxing after an hour or so, dunno how psychological it is but it works lol
  • annie_mialannie_mial Posts: 5,818
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    woodbon wrote:
    Hi,
    I have what I call my 'Chewing Gum' books! :lol: They are mostly novels that I've read many times and know almost be heart, no upsetting story line, and not demanding to read! James Herriot although some of the stories are sad, I can have a good cry, about a lost loved pet! Books I know by heart and when my husband sees me reading one of these he asks what the problem is now!!! :oops: :cry:
    Love Sue

    Sue, I do exactly the same thing! I find myself re-reading books that I can quote almost word for word.....so soothing.

    Annie
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