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What's the Best Way to Unwind in Melbourne?

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by Sue Williams (subscribe)
Writer, bushwalker, dessert enthusiast. Author of the Rusty Bore Mysteries. More info here:
Published February 29th 2012
Lotus courtesy of T. Voekler, Wikipedia
Lotus courtesy of T. Voekler, Wikipedia

We all have days when we're in desperate need of letting it all go before something explodes. You could just grind your teeth, flick on the TV and/or knock back a bottle of red, but Melbourne is brimming with stacks more inventive and fun ways to unwind.

So what exactly is the best way to unwind in this town? Where do you go, what do you do when your inner calm has taken a hike?

Here's some suggestions to get you started.

Eastern Philosophies
You don't have to know your chi from your zen to make the most of Asia's plentiful paths to inner peace. I recently tried out a Qi Gong class in Warrandyte and I'll admit I came away more relaxed. Involving slow and careful movements that can be done while standing or sitting, Qi Gong is both an exercise and an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine. An hour of these gentle movements while listening to the birds outside, along with a chorus of croaking frogs, soon restored my inner calm.

Qi Gong class courtesy of Renacent College
Qi Gong class courtesy of Renacent College

Melbourne offers oodles of other Eastern-inspired methods to unwind as well, like yoga, tai chi and meditation.

Have a Laugh
You can't beat a good laugh as a top-notch way to unwind. Here at Weekend Notes, there's a wealth of suggestions collated by our array of chuckle-hunters. These committed folk spend endless hours hunting down first-rate reasons to cackle. It's unrelenting work and I recommend a round of applause to them for doing it.

There's Melbourne's annual comedy festival , the Quarterly Retort Comedy Night, six nights of laughs every week at the Comics Lounge and even a Laughter Club in Federation Square.

Bushwalking can be a great way to unwind as well. Being surrounded by nature can help restore your sense of perspective. There are suggestions of walks in Melbourne here and here.

Sometimes you need a dose of fresh air
Sometimes you need a dose of fresh air

And gardens offer a good source of tranquillity. For some suggestions, click here and here.

So now it's over to you. When you're desperately seeking your inner serenity, where do you go and what do you do?

Please let us know, we'd love to hear your comments.
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