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I've Run Out Of Damn Shoes TO Drop

After a solid 6-year stretch of one-thing-after-another bad luck, things are finally turning around - but I am still automatically reacting as if another disaster is impending, when there's no sign one is. Help snap me out of it? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jun 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Bed and Breakfast in the Texas Hill Country

My company has offered me a weekend at a B&B in the Texas Hill Country in thanks for 10 years of service. Looking on the web there appear to be thousands of them, with wildly scattered reviews depending on which review site one chooses. Having had mixed experiences with B&B's, I thought I'd turn to the green for suggestions. If you've been to one in that area that you would recommend (or steer us away from), please write below.
posted by Runes on May 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me find work-life balance as a recent college graduate.

I graduated college a year ago, and I'm having trouble acclimating to my new life. Plenty of special snowflake info inside, but I would love any tools or anecdotes about how your life changed after college. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Apr 25, 2014 - 46 answers

How do you handle an overwhelming amount of work?

I've been having a tough week—overwhelmed with work leading up to finals. What do you folks do in response to these kinds of situations? Make sure to have reset time? Spending time with friends?
posted by markbao on Apr 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Tour Eastern Canada recommendations

My in-laws are flying in from India to Boston. They've never been to Canada and are curious to see the Eastern part including Toronto, Ottawa, Quebuc, Montreal. Do you have any recommendations on guiding tour companies which they may enjoy. (Please note, they aren't open to renting a car, so I'm researching guided tour options). Thanks in advance, -Z
posted by quiverandquill on Feb 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Winter NYC getaway for people who don't ski.

The lady and I would like go away for a couple of nights this weekend. Preferably to somewhere relaxing. We don't ski, and have little interest in winter sports generally. Where can we go? [more inside]
posted by breakin' the law on Feb 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Place to read and talk all afternoon in London

Where can my girlfriend and I sit down, relax, read, and talk for a long while during our visit to London? When weather is good, we love parks. When it's raining, we're at a loss. Are there any especially good libraries or other places for this kind of thing? Thanks!
posted by honest knave on Oct 14, 2013 - 14 answers

Advice on what to do before/during an interview to assess my Spanish?

I'm an intermediate Spanish speaker, and I have an interview in a couple days to assess my Spanish level. How can I be as successful as possible, both as far as brushing up/practicing, as well as keeping my nerves under control? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Apr 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Relax take it eeeeasy

How do you keep your back, neck and shoulders relaxed? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Sanity in spa form?

I'll be wrapping up a stressful period of work and have a long weekend coming up. I'd like to find a spa, or hotel with spa within 4-5 hours radius of NYC to just veg. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Mar 16, 2013 - 7 answers

The 39 year old semi-virgin

I'm dating someone new who is 38 and considers herself to be more or less a virgin. She's nervous about sex but also pretty interested. How can I make this ok for her? Total NSFW oversharing below... [more inside]
posted by mockpuppet on Nov 23, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me relax about relaxing!

My husband and I have booked a hotel for a long weekend in Eastham (Cape Cod), just after Labor Day. I am getting anxious about what exactly we will be doing during that time, rather than looking forward to the time. Please help me to (loosely) schedule time and/or suggest things to do (especially those that are pet-friendly) while we are there... [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Aug 5, 2012 - 13 answers

What should I do while I'm doing nothing in South Florida?

Spending a few days in the Florida Keys (and maybe a day in Miami?) with a college friend... I've never been to South Florida. What should we do/see or stay clear from? [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Jun 11, 2012 - 13 answers

I need to go somewhere beyond the MTA subway system.

I desperately need to reset. I need recommendations for beautiful restorative places I can get to cheaply from NYC for a week long vacation that will keep me from looking like someone out of a Jacob Riis photograph. [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Apr 2, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me help my SO relax her neck and back

My SO's back and neck seem to be permanently tied in knots. She doesn't seem like a tense person, but her muscles indicate otherwise. I can massage her for a while, but it only does so much for her. Can anyone give me suggestions to help her relax her back and neck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 - 32 answers

Music calms the angry peon.

I found this awesome don't-snap-and-kill-people music. Help me find more. [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Aug 22, 2011 - 54 answers

Let's relax and play a game.

I would like to find some PC, GB, GBA, or PSP games that are very calming. [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on Aug 12, 2011 - 21 answers

Just Chill Music

What is your favorite cool and relaxing music? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 22, 2011 - 34 answers

Which Caribbean Island for our family vacation?

I am planning a summer vacation with my wife and 8-year old daughter. We would like the majority of our vacation to include beach combing and hammocks, kayaking, snorkeling and hiking. Which Caribbean island would be best for this? [more inside]
posted by jlowen on Apr 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Preventing social anxiety

I want to stop using alcohol to mediate situational social anxiety. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Relax, I can't do it.

I cannot relax. I think that I am relaxed only to find that every muscle in my body is clenched tight. My mouth, butt, thighs, hands, neck, feet...you get the picture. It carries over into my sleep. I need help relaxing, please. [more inside]
posted by futz on Dec 26, 2010 - 34 answers

Mind Clearing on the Web

Youtube has been indispensable for me as a quick "clear my head in 5 minutes" resource while at work or at home. This and this are my gotos, but I would love other links.
posted by parallax7d on Sep 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Where should we go on a relaxing, interesting, honeymoon without getting sunburned?

Where should we go on a relaxing, interesting, honeymoon without getting sunburned? [more inside]
posted by NHlove on Aug 14, 2010 - 26 answers

Where are the great coffee/tea shops in Metrowest Massachusetts?

Massachusetts Burbs Filter: I live in the Metro-west area of Massachusetts (Hopedale, Milford, Medway, Bellingham), where are the great coffee shops and places for chilling out and doing some writing or just relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Jun 17, 2010 - 1 answer

How can I maximize the burnout-relief of my one-week vacation?

I've heard that you don't really enter into "relaxation mode" until a week of vacation has elapsed. And that the second week is when you really start to replenish your reserves. I've seen this myself; I went to Burning Man for a week, and it felt like returning to work was harder than it would have been if I had never left. I have a week-long vacation coming up and I feel extreeemely burned-out. What can I do to make sure that I get the maximum benefits during this week off?
posted by marclar on Apr 10, 2010 - 24 answers

I need a bath.

I need a bath. What hotels in or around San Francisco have the biggest, comfiest, awesomest bathtubs? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Feb 18, 2010 - 12 answers

These Days

Help me become less selfish/self-absorbed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Day Spa in San Diego?

Can anyone recommend a good day spa in/near San Diego? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I relieve all of this anxiety?

I really need to chill out. For the past couple of months my life has been in a state of flux (birth of first child, promotion at work, studying for an exam, etc.) The stress and anxiety has manifested itself in the form of numerous frightening physical ailments. How can I learn to take things easy and calm down? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Jan 15, 2010 - 27 answers

How to get rid of the creeps?

I get the 'creeps'. When I was young, I worried E.T. was out to get me. Now I get the chills from Japanese horror movies, David Lynch, or 'unsettling' internet stories. How do I cure myself on unreasonable fears when it's time to go to bed? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on Jan 2, 2010 - 25 answers

Stupid Performance Face :\

Performers, presenters, actors, dancers, models, all related: How do you get over awkward facial expressions and not look stupid? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 4, 2009 - 4 answers

Healthy ways to get anger and aggression out of my system?

Things have been super-stressful at work. My therapist keeps asking if I have a way to get all this anger and aggression and stress out of my system... and I don't! I usually just rant and get more angry. What are some better ways to get the frustration out? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jul 21, 2009 - 55 answers

I want to travel near Seattle but not to Canada or Portland. Where else can I go?

Last minute spring break starting from Seattle for under $500? [more inside]
posted by handabear on Mar 16, 2009 - 8 answers

I can't relax fast enough

What is your best technique for calming down quickly? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Feb 10, 2009 - 47 answers

Relaxation tapes?

I need to introduce some sort of anxiety/stress relief system into my life and relaxation tapes have been suggested. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese on Jan 13, 2009 - 10 answers

What the hell?

Why don't any drugs work for me? [more inside]
posted by jumbotron08 on Jul 11, 2008 - 22 answers

Where can I relax in NYC?

Where is your favorite NYC spot to clear your mind? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn on Apr 8, 2008 - 33 answers

Wind down in Tempe

I will be in Tempe for the New Year and my friends and I could all use some R & R - any recommendations on hot springs, mud baths, massage etc. in that area? (Or any other take-it-easy type activity).
posted by forallmankind on Dec 27, 2007 - 7 answers

How can I make myself feel energized?

How can I get myself to feel refreshed & energized after feeling run-down for awhile? I constantly feel overwhelmed with life and thus stressed out and burnt out. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Mar 5, 2007 - 66 answers

Sleep inducing, relaxing recliners? Where do I get one?

Sleep inducing, relaxing recliners? Where do I get one? [more inside]
posted by mphuie on Dec 2, 2006 - 7 answers

Relaxing/tranquil visuals on DVD?

I recently cut the cable and now watch only DVDs on my TV. While I don't miss the cable bill, I do miss having visuals on the TV at mealtimes. Any recommendations for DVDs of relaxing/tranquil atmospherics -- such as sunsets, waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, ocean scenes, etc?
posted by cscwallace on Jul 3, 2006 - 8 answers

Autophobia!

How can I deal with irrational attention craving issues when I'm out at the bar with my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Jun 15, 2006 - 29 answers

West Coast mini-vacation ideas

I have four days (Fri to Mon) in May for a mini-vacation. I'm located in AZ and would like to stay in the western portion of the US, so I don't spend the whole time travelling. [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Apr 25, 2006 - 7 answers

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