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5 Great Ways to Relax

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by Julie White / Pictorial Girl (subscribe)
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Published April 19th 2012
"Breathe in and breathe out", well that's a start. Doesn't take much to get too busy these days and loose 'time out for yourself'.

Here are some 'back to basic' relaxation ideas that can be arranged to fit into any schedule.

1: Go for a Picnic
This is simple and classic. Head for the forest, the beach or a suburban park, wherever nature calls you. Just by getting out into nature and breathing in some fresh air you will get some instant stress relief. Make it really simple and pack some sandwiches, fruit, cheese, biscuits and sweet nibbles. Don't get too complicated as this will defeat the purpose. Just don't forget to pack the blanket (or chairs) to sit down on if your going to a place where there aren't any shelters.

Picnic place ideas in these articles; Focus on Sandgate and Picnic spots, Brisbane.

2: Pamper yourself
Probably has more benefits than you think. Pampering can mean anything like taking a massage or going to a day spa (even if you just want to soak in their spa bath for a while or do a sauna/spa combo). Treat yourself to a minimum of a 1 hour package for it to be worthwhile. It does cost money do do this but take a look at what else you have spent money on during the year and weigh up the 'me benefit'.

Nice to do this sort of self pampering' towards the end of the day when you can then go home and continue to relax. And men, don't be shy you can do this as well - try it out. A couple of suggestions can be found in the 'Mother's Day' article here.

3: Go on a Cruise
Okay, you might think this is a bit extravagant, but let's just have a look at this idea. Did you know that you can book a cruise that goes 'nowwhere"? By that I mean there are cruises that go from Brisbane return and don't' stop in at any ports. This is a great idea for a short 'relax and recharge' break. Starting from around $450, depending on whether you go, quad share or twin share, it's 'great value for money'

Did you know that the options for a 3 day cruise include;
Comedy Cruises,
Food & Wine Cruises,
Lifestyle Cruises
Sleep, eat, be entertained, do your own thing, do nothing, it's your choice. P&O are the people who leave from Brisbane, check out the short cruise information here.

4: Read a book
Yes, another simple classic but take yourself 'outside', if you have a nice space in your backyard. Or take a 'big read break' and go to a park with a comfortable chair or blanket and pillow. It's the fresh air again that will accelerate your relaxation time.
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5: Do nothing
Not a silly idea, the key here is to do nothing in a place 'that makes you feel good'. This could be same as above in a park or beach space, but maybe choose somewhere where there is some activity around so that you can just 'sit and watch' when you want or close your eyes to 'see and do nothing'.

How do you like to relax?
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Why? It's important to relax and re-energise
When: As often as possible
Where: Choose your place and time
Cost: Can be free or get time for 'great value for money'
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