Things you find strangely relaxing...

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20 Sep 2008, 10:29 am

My own special local wilderness canyon. Sometimes in the late afternoon, I feel like I could just disembody and disappear into the forest.
The sight and/or sound of running water.
The scent of basil, lavender, or chaparral in warm sunshine. One sniff and I practically melt.
Archery, just shooting arrows into the target, mindlessly.
Watching small planes take off and land. It's hypnotic.
Watching birds at the feeders.
Watching my cats chase each other.
Trail running. Shouldn't let attention lapse, but I do. I feel like a deer (a really slooooow deer), just another anonymous part of nature.
Arranging hanging stuff in the closet by color.
Drinking my coffee in the dark, just before sunrise. Very calming.


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20 Sep 2008, 10:36 am

Coffee helps me relax and focus. Weird, huh?

I guess it's something like the way stimulants work for ADHD.


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20 Sep 2008, 10:53 am

Relax? whats that? That word is quite foreign to me.


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20 Sep 2008, 12:23 pm

Listening to this one particular song which always mesmerises me.


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20 Sep 2008, 12:25 pm

Cuddling up with my Rip Van Winkle doll and watching the TruTV channel in bed.

Opening up my window and breathing in the fresh air (for some reason it works really well if I'm worrying about getting sick).

Twirling around my iPod earphones (I think it might be a new stim for me).



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20 Sep 2008, 12:50 pm

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My cat, kneading the blanket at the foot of the bed, and making indirect contact with my feet.

that sounds like the kitty may be doing reiki without even knowing it. :cat:


:lol: Unfortunately, she never keeps it up long enough.


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20 Sep 2008, 1:56 pm

I love the feel of grasshoppers. I am always catching them just to stroke them. It's so calming for me. The grasshoppers could care less.



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20 Sep 2008, 2:17 pm

Looking into flashing lights, such as those of police cars.

Playing the keyboard, one piece or part again and again... though that's not unusual, I guess.

Listening to music on headphones as loud as possible is relaxing and real calming for me.


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20 Sep 2008, 2:57 pm

I play the same music piece over and over again. Either on my oboe or on the stereo. Which music piece I choose to play vary a lot but I definitely got some favorites.



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20 Sep 2008, 3:06 pm

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people playing with my hair
massage
this random hand moisturizer my friend once gave me have a practically orgazmic relaxation effect on me
the sound of some people talking


Ooh, I also love it when my hair is played with. When I was in elementary school we used to get our heads checked for lice every once in a while. I LOVED it when the school nurse would carefully and gently finger my scalp. Fortunately, I never had lice lol.



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20 Sep 2008, 6:53 pm

Here's what relaxes me:
Video games (The ones I can create myself in)
Being hugged by my lifesize pillow figure (my current one based on Ken of Street Fighter is the biggest I've ever made and its hug is supertight! It helps me sleep at night)
Comedy routines and TV logos on my PSP at night (not sure why this helps me sleep but it does in conjunction with my Ken Masters pillow figure)
I'm starting to gain self esteem so I'll be experimenting to find what else relaxes me. Calmness is important to me.



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20 Sep 2008, 6:56 pm

hard rain
ducks
some music



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20 Sep 2008, 8:15 pm

Stop-motion animation (that unique quality)
Having someone read something out loud to me at some length



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20 Sep 2008, 8:16 pm

hartzofspace wrote:
Things I find strangely comforting:

The sound of gentle raindrops on an umbrella.
My cat, kneading the blanket at the foot of the bed, and making indirect contact with my feet.
Someone gently playing with my hair.
Clean bed linen, fresh off the clothesline


I agree with those. :) I love getting my hair played with and have since I was little

More of mine are:

Some peoples voices are relaxing
Listening to the life in the forest
Flowing water in rivers and waterfalls
Getting a back and neck massage
The sound of rain on the roof

Overall I love the sounds of nature.

The feel of my cats purring next to me.



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20 Sep 2008, 8:46 pm

Perry Como-itis topic

Being alone in my room without human contact (Just books and computer)
Doing math problems
My cat flicking his whiskers on my arm
Watching someone write with chalk on a board (the markers on white boards just do not do it for me)
Daydreaming something pleasant

Just thinking about any or all of these things gets the endorphins circulating. :)


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21 Sep 2008, 9:13 am

When I am sitting in a chair getting a haircut and I feel the electric clipper vibrating against the back of my neck. The warmth and the vibrations feel sort of like a massage.
White noise like sounds through a headphone are relaxing. But through a speaker I find them a distraction.
Laying in a bathtub with my ears submergered listening to the water from the faucet filling up the tub.
A parakeet gently pecking at the hair on the back of my neck.


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