A friend and I recently went on a cruise and it was the most relaxing and restful experience of my life. I've been trying to figure out how to recapture that experience at home. [more inside]
Over the next month my job is going to be insane. I'm in charge of a major initiative type thing that means I will be working pretty much almost every day this month, doing things that stress me out such as leading tours, speaking in front of hundreds of people, etc. This stupid thing hasn't even begun yet and I'm losing sleep. How do I cope? [more inside]
What are some apps that can make better use of my down time? I currently dip into Hay Day, a farming game, if I want to relax for a bit. It would be great if all those spare moments could be used for something useful - think distributed computing projects such as SETI and Folding@home, but for humans. [more inside]
I've lived in apartments for a long time, but I've always been very easily bothered by noise. My partner is not affected the way I am. Is it possible to train yourself to be more easygoing, like her, when it comes to the noise you inevitably encounter living in the city? [more inside]
Hey, I want to try doing my work, reading, using laptop, etc. while sitting on the floor. Actually I am buying a Zabuton too to do meditation so I was thinking sitting on that instead of directly on the floor. But I couldn't find small tables... I'm not even sure what the keyword to search for that is. Surely such tables exist! I'm thinking a slightly inclined table would be better instead of having too rigid angles for my neck. Thanks! [more inside]
Can you help me sneak a pretend spa retreat into my actual life as a working mother? [more inside]
I'm leaving a job that has me pretty burned out, and moving into a program that should be much more exciting and fulfilling, but will be pretty intense, and I want to be at my best. What do you do to destress, respoon, and generally recover from burnout when you only have a couple days to yourself? [more inside]
I'm going to London for about a week. I've never been before, and I'd like to have a really relaxing time - almost like a spa retreat - for not a million dollars. What are inexpensive activities to do, or cute little places to eat that would make me feel like "London is such a relaxing, peaceful place"? I don't want to tear around London trying to cram in as many sights as possible, I want a relaxed and curated look at the place, with some weird neat shops and surprising delights along the way. [more inside]
I am in need of some pampering. So is my SO! We are just a little stressed from being busy, but we always set aside a few nights a week for just relaxing. What at-home spa activities do you like to do to help you relax? We have tried giving each other massages, clay masks, and baths. I want to know what you do, or want to do! Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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?
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
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]
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!
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]
How do you keep your back, neck and shoulders relaxed? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I found this awesome don't-snap-and-kill-people music. Help me find more. [more inside]
I would like to find some PC, GB, GBA, or PSP games that are very calming. [more inside]
What is your favorite cool and relaxing music? [more inside]
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]
I want to stop using alcohol to mediate situational social anxiety. [more inside]
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]
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.
Where should we go on a relaxing, interesting, honeymoon without getting sunburned? [more inside]
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]
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?
I need a bath. What hotels in or around San Francisco have the biggest, comfiest, awesomest bathtubs? [more inside]
Help me become less selfish/self-absorbed. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good day spa in/near San Diego? [more inside]
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]
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]
Performers, presenters, actors, dancers, models, all related: How do you get over awkward facial expressions and not look stupid? [more inside]
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]
Last minute spring break starting from Seattle for under $500? [more inside]
What is your best technique for calming down quickly? [more inside]
I need to introduce some sort of anxiety/stress relief system into my life and relaxation tapes have been suggested. Any recommendations? [more inside]
Why don't any drugs work for me? [more inside]
Where is your favorite NYC spot to clear your mind? [more inside]
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).
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]
Sleep inducing, relaxing recliners? Where do I get one? [more inside]
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?
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