Sick of the corporate rush? Need to get out of the rat-race for a while? Or maybe you're spending your days looking after kids, or working long hours? When living in Melbourne it's easy to get caught up in the swell and rush of over four million other people. Some feed on this energy, but others (like myself) need a bit of 'me time' in order to relax and re-charge.
There's nothing quite like the smell of flowers, the touch of grass on your back and the sun on your bare skin as you gaze up at the sky. Find a quiet spot in one of Melbourne's many public gardens and watch the clouds drift by, letting your mind wander.
2. Head to the swimming pool Sure, there might be kids running madly around, or teenagers in skimpy bathers showing off, but put your head under the water and all of that disappears. This is why I love swimming - the rhythm of a steady freestyle, regular breathing, with hearing gone and touch heightened as I float across the water... bliss.
3. Grab a great book It's an oldie but a goodie. I can read right through people calling my name if the book is good enough - what other way can you so totally and completely switch off? And the best bit is the feeling you get when you finally close the covers and drift through the next few hours of your day half present, half still in the land of your book.
I'm not one for a massage - they tend to make me ticklish or just plain uncomfortable, but I understand that for many people it's a great method of relaxation! Melbourne has more massage parlours than I can count, and most don't require a booking, so you can walk right in whenever the mood strikes you.
5. Grab a towel and try Bikram yoga Also known as "hot yoga", you'll very soon forget that there is anyone else in the room, as you spend 90 minutes focussed on your own breathing and movements, sweating out all the stress of the day. In the final savasana (total relaxation pose), nothing else matters, except how good you are feeling in that moment.
6. Switch off with some great music
Even if you've only got five minutes, lie on your bed, put your headphones on, turn up the volume and close your eyes. I like to listen to 'The Heart Asks Pleasure First' on repeat, or anything by The Shins or My Friend The Chocolate Cake. Try to pick something with a slow and steady beat.
How do you relax in the middle of Melbourne - or any other big city? Leave your ideas below