I work an extremely stressful seasonal job. I start getting 2 days off a week starting in July. My girlfriend and I love going to the Asbury Park beach. We usually go in August/September, but I NEED a break now. I suffer from anxiety and the laid back vibe of the beach coupled with the relaxation of the water calms me. My concern is that earlier in the year the beach will be packed and the hotels will be expensive. Does anyone have any experience with this location this time of year? I don't like tons of people.
Are there any alternatives in the tri-state area? It doesn't even have to be a beach. It just has to be relatively inexpensive and RELAXING!!! Something that includes nature is a big plus (especially water). I'm not a fan of camping.
Thank you in advance!
Do you have suggestions for music that is as relaxing as Enya, but sounds pretty different? [more inside]
I spent a few days over the holidays at a yoga/wellness retreat, and had a fantastic time. I'm realizing though that a lot of things that made me happy weren't extravagant: time for yoga, selections of nice teas, healthy food, access to a sauna, time for walks, time for journaling, etc.)
So now I'm back in the real world (and I'm in med school, so my life kind of sucks), but I'm trying to think of ways to re-create my time there, by adding small little luxuries to my own life. I can get the yoga down, and I've got new ideas for healthy foods, etc. But I'm wondering what small, simple things in your lives and homes make you feel nurtured and more relaxed.
I like streaming long videos on YouTube that are soothing in some way. Can you recommend some more things I might like? Specifics within. [more inside]
I recently moved to the Los Angeles metropolitan area. I am looking for recommendations of your favorite low-key restaurants and food options as well as great "relaxation" spots. [more inside]
I have a very busy, hard to shut up brain and falling (and staying) asleep has always been a problem for me. A few months ago I came across the guided relaxation/hypnosis/meditation programs by Andrew Johnson
in the google play store and started listening to them in bed as I fall asleep. They are wonderful. I want more, and I want to be able to do this more comfortably. [more inside]
What are your favourite guided meditation recordings? I am looking at around twenty minutes and a fair amount of variety as I'd like to do this daily. Unless, of course, you've found that keeping to the same tape every time has a positive effect. [more inside]
Somehow having a chronic illness became my hobby for the past year. Now I'm getting better and I want to stop dwelling on it, but I don't remember how I used to pass the time. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
Excluding spas and meditation, what are the most relaxing but entertaining/engaging things to do in the Bay Area this weekend? [more inside]
I have a stretch of half an hour or so each way in my daily commute where I am just sitting on the tube during nothing. I would like to use this time to meditate and am seeking things to put on my iPod to help me. [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]
There is a steam room at my gym and I am considering putting it to use. Please tell me as much as you can because I have no fregging clue what I am supposed to be using it for or what I am supposed to do while I steam. [more inside]
What to do for a one year anniversary with my SO that is also a San Franniversary? Bonus points for photographer expertise and relaxing suggestions. [more inside]
What can you tell me about sophrology? [more inside]
Even when I have free time, I find myself rarely doing the thing called "relaxing". I'm looking for how I can better relax, and what I can do to give myself a better environment to do so. [more inside]
How can I make my downtime more productive and fulfilling? [more inside]
I keep having sleepless nights because I can't slow my thoughts down. What techniques do you use to help you quieten your thoughts so you can sleep? [more inside]
Help me plan a self-made relaxation / meditation retreat for one week in San Diego [more inside]
I'm looking for a cheap, relaxing place to do very little (maybe sightsee a bit, eat, nap, take photos, etc), in northern Italy or Sicily, for a week in August (say, the 8th to the 15th). Total expenditure under €500 for the week would be awesome. Details within... [more inside]
I'm really enjoying winding down to O-Shen - Salt Water Anthem
, and am hoping to find other chilled out, dreamy, evocative ocean-themed music for the times I can't be in the sea :) [more inside]
For those who find "relaxing" completely un-relaxing, how do you cultivate a strong activity and project based home life? [more inside]
Does anyone have any really cheap vacation secrets? I'm looking for inexpensive, do-it-yourself getaways to relaxing locales, that don't depend upon me perusing scammy travel websites. [more inside]
Stress is starting to hurt me. What can I do? How can I dramatically reduce stress in my life? And/or take a budget vacation? [more inside]
I am having trouble sleeping, which is leading to minor migraines. In addition I have a host a minor ailments and am not sure which problem to try and solve first, and which flavor of medicine would be the most helpful. In other words, I feel stuck. [more inside]
Recommend a body-scan relaxation meditation? [more inside]
High-functioning vs. low stress - are they mutually exclusive? [more inside]
I just spent a day at the spa at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Help me find similar spas... anywhere. [more inside]
Next week, I'm taking 3 days away from family and work to relax, recharge and (hopefully) reprogram myself. Please help me make the most of it! [more inside]
Hi AskMe! I need your help devising an awesome bedtime ritual of ultimate relaxation and sleepiness-creation. This question brought to you by anxiety and yet another sleepless night. [more inside]
I’m getting married this Saturday, and I’m certain I’m going to forget something or mess something up. Can you give me some advice? What things did you forget about, mess up, or learn from during your experience? [more inside]
Ton of books + unused corner in totally sweet loft = book harem! I'd like to put together a space for up to 4 people to hang out, read, write, meditate, or generally just relax. Help me design & accessorize it! [more inside]
Last minute long weekend holiday getaway, Doable? Advice needed on taking a belated Valentines long weekend with my sweetie. We're in NYC and would prefer to drive. (Or take a train if the place is really acessable). A very nice hotel in the country would be great, we don't need a bunch of outside entertainment - beautiful scenery a plus. We're looking to leave late Thursday or early Friday and return early/mid-Monday. [more inside]
I'd like to hear from anyone who has overcome excessive tension in the jaw, neck and upper back during sleep. I wake up feeling very stressed and tense and it's a drag. [more inside]
I need to get out of Manhattan and spend a weekend in a quiet place specializing in relaxation, meditation and massage. I don't want to travel more than an hour. I have no car. Cost isn't an issue. I just need sanity & isolation. Where to go? [more inside]
How to be more light-hearted? [more inside]
My job is turning me into a control freak outside of work. [more inside]
About 30 years ago, I had a cassette tape I used to help me go to sleep as an adolescent boy. It was relaxing music with an over-dub male vocal telling me to tense, then relax, muscle groups from my head to my toes. I would like to find it again now, to help my early teen daughter sleep. Does this ring a bell with anyone? [more inside]
Tell me your favorite products to have around the house for massaging your partner. Oils, candles, sheets, music, etc. [more inside]
Self-fanfare for the common man: How do you reward yourself after a long week's slog? [more inside]
For someone who's taken exclusively showers almost all her life: What are your bath hacks? [more inside]
How can I help my husband more easily transition from work-time to after-work time? [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?
Venetians, Romans, Florentines, lend me your suggestions! More specifically, nice places to relax and tasty vegetarian eats in the aforementioned cities. [more inside]
Best cafes for reading / internet stuff w/ wifi in the outer boroughs of NYC, and activities that can put people in touch with unique cultural experiences (both foreign and NYC-native) in each outer borough. [more inside]
I am looking for practices or teachings that will help me be more relaxed and comfortable in my own skin. [more inside]
I don't know how to relax. [more inside]
Seeking guided relaxation / meditation cd's / podcasts. [more inside]
Can you help me not freak out about my suddenly spiking blood pressure? This is related to birth control and anxiety. Also looking for methods to calm myself down in anticipation of a reading. [more inside]
Help: I am a first year high school teacher. [more inside]
A question about how to calm down. I am having a lot of trouble formulating this question, so forgive me if it's a little bit all over the place. [more inside]