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16 September 2013

What do you guys do to relax after an especially hard day? [More:]I could use some suggestions(other than mind-altering substances)today for sure. Work was torture!
A long walk with the dog.

A visit with my most engrossing current book. (Sometimes mix this up by listening to the book while I take the walk)

A run.


A bath. With book and glass of wine is best.
posted by bearwife 16 September | 18:42
Yeah, I'm pretty standard. Usually it's a run, a bath, or cross-stitching. Failing any of those, if it's a really really shitty day, comfort television. Something like Buffy or Freaks and Geeks, episodes that I've seen like 18 times before.
posted by gaspode 16 September | 18:51
Take off my shoes first. Sounds simple, but it really relaxes me. Then I change into something comfortable. I'm lucky that I have two great nearly grown sons to chat with, and plenty of furry pets who are glad to see me come home is my sanctuary.

And on a really bad day, I'll add a glass of wine.
posted by redvixen 16 September | 18:56

Wine can be nice.

Mindless TV can be fun, too; "Sex and the City" or "West Wing" are my favs to watch over and over.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 16 September | 18:57
Run (except that I can't run right now)

Play a video game

posted by octothorpe 16 September | 18:58
(hey octo, are you injured as well?? :( )
posted by gaspode 16 September | 18:59
I get on the floor with the dogs & cats & pet them & look at them & love their simpleness & obliviousness to what day of the week it is.
posted by chewatadistance 16 September | 19:03
Gaspode, yes. Having some lower back and leg nerve issues. Lying on a heating pad as I write this. Getting old kinda sucks at times.
posted by octothorpe 16 September | 19:09
Long soak in tub.
Hot chocolate.
Call or text a friend and complain.
Critter time.
Lie on back on floor with legs propped up on chair.
Listen to music that's a little better than my mood, gradually shifting to more serene selections.
Do headstand.
posted by mightshould 16 September | 19:43
I lie down on these things. They're called shiatsu-ki, and the little knobs are adjustable. To use them you lie down with the knobs poking into either side of your spine, as indicated on the chart. I use the four-knobbed one beneath my back and the two-knobbed one under my neck, simultaneously. I reposition them up and down my spine every five minutes or so.

It can be searingly uncomfortable for the first minute or so, depending on how tense I am. But I always eventually relax into it, and sometimes even fall asleep for ten minutes or so with it digging into my back (as soon as I shift in my sleep, it wakes me up). After 20-30 minutes of lying on the shiatsu-ki, I go lie face-down in bed and nap for fifteen minutes or so.

When I stand up, my vertebrae feel better aligned and I usually take a shower and then go about fixing dinner. I feel great and my head and body are clear of tension.

I've also been known to take a brisk walk or practice guitar to shake the grind out of my system.
posted by Hugh Janus 16 September | 20:08
Naps. I am a napping fiend. And they can't be pretend naps where you lie on the couch and just mope instead. No--get undressed/into jammies and curl up in bed with blankets.
posted by sperose 16 September | 20:21

Cook something, preferably involving a lot of chopping, colorful stuff, and stirring.


Actually I find it pretty hard to wind down from a bad day. I need some better rituals, because one bad day tends to spill over and before I know it I'm on a bad streak.
posted by Miko 16 September | 21:42
boooo, octothorpe. I hope it clears up soon.
posted by gaspode 16 September | 22:39
Nap (blissfully), or if in a hurry; eat, clean up, plan tomorrow, set alarm, and snoozeville. Not a big fan of exhaustion; but the heavy sleep is an intoxicant in itself at times.
posted by buzzman 16 September | 23:40
I drag on some comfy old sweatpants and watch trashy TV - Real Housewives (OC or NY only), Top Chef, Top Model, etc. Yes, I am shallow. I don't care.
posted by Senyar 17 September | 08:23
Hugh those things look great!
posted by chewatadistance 17 September | 11:43
snuggle small dog
junk tv (sharing my son's netflix is improving this option substantially)
I need to implement the 'go for a walk' option much more often.
posted by theora55 17 September | 12:38
I'm intrigued by the shiatsu-ki. I might try those. Any thoughts on how often to use, assuming you aren't regularly stressed?
posted by bearwife 17 September | 15:28
In English, the shiatsu-ki device (指圧器) is called a Nakayama formula Cailleux vessel.

Apparently I've been spending too long at a time on it. Instructions here seem to say to use it ten minutes at a time, morning and evening, and to rest for ten minutes afterwards. The knobs can be raised and lowered before use to adjust for your height and how much you like them digging into your back. Here's a video in Japanese.

When I first started, I used them on my bed, but now that I'm used to the sensation I place them on a yoga mat. To be honest, using it for 20 minutes feels just great, maybe if I used it more often I'd use it for shorter periods, as instructed.
posted by Hugh Janus 17 September | 15:59
Thanks for all the ideas! I squished my bunny into my face and then gave myself a manicure last night.
Tonight (after having almost the exact same bad day as yesterday) I will try a bath and US magazine.

Those shiatsu-ki things look cool but knowing me I'd use them once and then they would sit in a closet.
posted by rmless2 17 September | 16:01
I snuggle with the bunny. Which is great, except for when he's sick and that's the reason I've had a bad day. Then I try to read or watch something.

(Note: bunny was hospitalized last week, and spent almost the entire week at the vet in varying stages of sickness. he is now mostly better, and it was some sort of stasis/pain combination.)
posted by needlegrrl 17 September | 17:00
Best wishes for a speedy full bunny recovery, needlegirl.
posted by bearwife 18 September | 11:29
Love it when the person who is dictating what I am transcribing says things like || Molly Crabapple - No One At Gitmo Reads Kafka