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7 Totally Low-Tech Ways to Unwind

Too often, when I need to relax, I find myself surfing the web or plopping down in front of the TV. But nothing feels as good as disconnecting from high-tech distractions and relaxing the old-fashioned way, whether it's reading a book or taking a walk. Here are seven of my favorite low-tech ways to unwind on a busy day.

  • Write in your journal. It doesn't have to be Pulitzer prize-worthy. Just pick up a blank book and get down what's on your mind, whether it's goals for the coming year (how are those resolutions going?), something you feel guilty about, or something that made you proud.
  • Read to someone. It's rewarding to watch a kid riveted by your voice, but it works for adults too. Pick a short story or another work of literature you love and read it aloud to your significant other, a friend on the phone, whatever.

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  • Look at photo albums. Nothing makes me smile than looking back at pictures of good times. A nice side effect is that it makes me want to stop working so much and make something fun happen.
  • Knock off a household chore. Just ask the pioneers: work can be rewarding. Whether it's making the bed or washing the dishes, getting something done can calm your nerves, give you a sense of accomplishment, and create a more peaceful vibe.
  • Send a letter or a card. Get out your pen and write a note to a friend who lives far away. Make it more thoughtful than an email but not so detailed it feels like a chore.
  • Listen to a record. There's something about sitting around a record player that makes me pay more attention to the music — not to mention the great album art.
  • Have sex. Do I have to tell you again?

So what are your preferred low-tech ways to unwind?
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Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 7 years
Writing some letters and cards or reading a book definitely helps me relax. :) A soak in the bathtub is another favorite.
SexyXCHICK SexyXCHICK 7 years
I like to give myself a facial, mani, pedi. If i do something small for myself once in a while it makes me relaxed even days after.
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
I'm moving next weekend to a new apartment (thanks to a recent breakup) and have decided to ditch the cable and internet... I sit at a computer all day, and I'm really looking forward to going home and being unplugged. I plan on reading a lot, taking long walks with my dog to explore the new neighbourhood, and start my christmas knitting.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
and then a nap !
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Running followed by a bubble bath.
nancita nancita 7 years
Knitting while bathing! That is hilarious. I am also a big fan of long showers, but then I have eco guilt. Cooking also works sometimes too if i'm in the right mood.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 7 years
Nice. I really need to relax. sigh....
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
If Nacho Figueras isn't handy, it's cooking for me! ;) Letting my mind just empty while engaging all of my senses is incredibly calming.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
Shower time is always relaxing for me, and reading works really well too and just sitting around with a cup of coffee or find someone to play cards with.
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
The most relaxing thing for me is nature. I love getting home from work and laying on the hammock in the backyard with all my cats lounging around me. Being outdoors calms me. Go away winter.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
A bath and a book is almost always my choice if i have absolute freedom to do what i want just for me. I love the water to be so scalding hot I can hardly stand it, and to stay in it an hour or two.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Knitting while bathing! I love it. I don't have a TV and I work all day in front of a computer so these are all good options.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I like to give myself a manicure, clean a room in the house, do yoga, read, knit, or take a bath. The best is when i can combine two at once, such as reading or knitting while bathing.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
hahaha I love that have sex is on here :) I like to paint my nails. it's relaxing, its arguably artistic, and I look pretty at the end.
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