Sunday, June 12, 2011

How I relax and recharge

This is certainly different for everyone, and there are so many things that work for us all. And more than one method or activity does it. Recently I had a very fun day at work, full of lots of laughter. I forgot how recharging and energizing lots of laughter can be. Usually I just get in a couple/few LOLs in a day, but this was belly guffaws, long and sustained... wonderful stuff. It's been a couple days and I still feel the effects. Makes me want to run out and rent a bunch of comedy movies to keep it up!

Laughter is good, and if you have enough of it everyday, you'll be in a great mood most of the time, I guarantee it. I also love awesome music in a quiet setting- I'm not one for a lot of hubub or tenseness surrounding me, makes me jumpy after a bit. The music can be loud, but the surroundings need to be otherwise quiet, so I can enjoy said music. OHhhhh but the list is long... here is but some of my favorite artists/music (in no particular order):  Sting, Enya, Damien Rice, Vivaldi, Debussy, Mozart, Bach, acoustic Spanish guitar, Manheim Steamroller, choral music, Ray LaMontagne, Jeff Buckley, George Winston, and on and on, but that gives you a bit of an idea...

And then there's my beloved yoga which I have been absent from for so long... sickness and work got me away from it, but I'm returning very soon. It works all your muscles, gets the blood moving through your veins, increases your lung capacity (it's all that heavy breathing from trying to hold the poses! lol), and you just feel completely relaxed when it's over. At least, it does with MY yogi (see my Frister blog post). Not surprising, I haven't been sleeping as well and I've been a bit more tense lately since I've been away from it...

To really recharge, I like a good vacation. I don't think I'd take my jewelry stuff with me... maybe a sketchbook and also take inspiring pictures, but something completely different than every day life is necessary. Being a Floridian, I love a good beach getaway vacation. Haven't had nearly enough of them in my opinion, but the sound of the surf, the breeze flowing through the grasses, screeching of gulls, the fresh scent of the sea... dolphins in the morning and early evening, summer rain and sunsets....all of it is so freshing. The sea is alive and renews itself. Swimming in the sea is renewing as well and can relax you immensely. Back in the day, my mom would rent a beach house each summer and the whole family would go and we'd have such a great time. We never wanted it to end!

The beach house "Wave's Edge" that we spent probably a good decade
of summer vacations at. It's RIGHT on the beach in Anna Maria Island.

Thanks for visiting! Won't you leave a comment and tell me how you relax and recharge?

3 comments:

Bonnie said...

Jeanne how wonderful to live in the Vacation State. We love visiting Florida's beaches Cape Coral, Sanibel island, Islamorada,and Siesta Key are some of my favorites. We frequently rent a beach house in Sandbridge Viginia and vacation family style. Those are some of my favorite memories.

Jeanne said...

It is great being here, too bad I don't act more like a vistor to really enjoy all of Florida's vacation spots. lol My folks stayed at a house one time in Virginia Beach. I was probably 3 or 4 at the time and I remember certain things... tip toeing across the hot road to get to the beach, being wiped out by a "huge" wave...they all look huge when you're that tiny but it knocked over my dad too, and then my dad got "bitten" by a crab. He reached down to it and said to me...never do this.... LOL!!!!

Carmen said...

I like to relax on Anna Maria Island in Florida too! I absolutely love vactioning there, similarly we stay in these Anna Maria Island rentals which our beautiful and big enough for all my famiy - there's a lot of us! Can't wait to get out there this year :)