Okay people, I don’t want to this “I Ask” to be like my How do I keep from getting sick? where you just suggested that I drink vodka all day. I’m going for how to relax in that rejuvenate way that shower gels and spas promise.
I don’t want to space out mindlessly on The Ghost Whisperer and Law and Order reruns because I don’t feel better afterwards. I’m still tired and vaguely shocked that I stayed up until 11 p.m. to see IF THAT GUILTY GUY IS GUILTY AND/OR A GHOST.
I’ve thought about picking up yoga again but between my work schedule and summertime with the kids, I don’t think that it’ll happen outside of the house. And when I tried to do yoga the other day, it was to the theme of Mario Kart while trying to convince my daughter not to roll up my yoga mat everytime I wasn’t in warrior pose.
I am trying to read BOOKS again. And that helps. After my love affair with a line from a Jonathan Franzen essay and a strong recommendation from two friends, I plan to read Freedom in the next few weeks. I tend to get a bit obsessive with books so I’m not sure if it’s a viable option for daily rejuvenation since hiding in the bathroom for three hours to finish JUST ONE MORE CHAPTER isn’t the best parenting technique. Probably.
Of course, writing helps, but I’ve realized that I need something outside of my computer and journals. But not like REALLY OUTSIDE because it’s already 90 degrees here in Virginia.
I’m envisioning something that isn’t more than 30 minutes per day, and I can do on most days of the week. Or something that’s an hour but I can pull off at least 1-2 times per week. Or pretty much anything. Because Law and Order: L.A. is the worst show on television.
So I ask: What do I (you) do to relax?