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#2377 - 11/28/07 04:22 PM What do you do to wind down?
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I thought it might be nice to discuss the lighter side of life for a change. I'm really interested in what folks do to relax.

What do you do to restore the balance?

Right now I'm creating a garden that is fully edible. I'm also studying Bach flower remedies, so I'm planting the flowers I need to create my own remedies. It gives me a tranquil setting to study, leading to better exam results.(hopefully)

I am treating myself to a burlesque dancing course (for fun and fitness, not so much the career options) as the thought of joining a gym is just not fathomable for an old ballerina. Just the smell makes me nauseous, not to mention the posers and the mirrors. Yuk!!!!!!!!!!

My cat is my Reiki master lol and he helps me relax no matter how stressed life becomes. As soon as he jumps onto my lap and starts purring, all of the stress instantly melts away. He is just gorgeous.
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#2381 - 11/28/07 06:30 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
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Bigggggggggggggggggggggggggg! bong hits.........LOL
But I agree, pets relax you I love my dog.
And gardening is relaxing too I like to keep my garden up and weed free so I can sit there on weekends and drink beer and watch it grow. Watching fish in aquariums is nice too. ;\)
But nothing like being lost in head phones, listening to some good old rock & roll.




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#2384 - 11/28/07 06:53 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
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One of the best ways to achieve relaxation for me is to sit on my patio, put my feet up, have a beer and just close my eyes and think of absolutely nothing. Sometimes I will read a book that is not too heavy on the thought analysis side. I find that being outside in a relaxed atmosphere helps me unwind. I live in the desert, so growing a garden, which I would love to do, seems to be more of a hassle than a form of relaxation.

Another way I'll relax is playing a casual video game single player. I sort of slip into another reality when I play video games for relaxing. I have a lot of different video games that are not necessarily good games, but they help me relax because they are a stress free environment and enjoyable while unwinding.

I used to smoke marijuana to relax, but I've grown out of that stage of my life. Now I just sit back and inhale fresh air instead. ;\)
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#2385 - 11/28/07 07:05 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Disabuse]
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You could create a nice minature cactus garden, succulents are great in arid climate too. Best not to eat them though \:\) Or if your a little Zen, that could certainly work. ;\)

Personally, Zen gardens to me look like kitty litter trays. There's a huge Zen garden outside one of my classrooms. I once visualised a gigantic feline jumping into it and leaving a 300 kilo dump in there for his giant owner to scoop out with a bulldozer. As you can tell, that particular lecture did little to hold my attention.


Edited by Circus_Hell (11/28/07 07:19 PM)
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#2393 - 11/28/07 08:57 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
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In the warm weather (8-9 months out of the year here), I like to shed my day clothes and put on my comfy flannel pj pants and a sports bra, and curl up on the couch or on my bed with a good read. I like sci-fi, fantasy, the occasional historical romance novel (but oh how they always end the same--it's like watching a predictable sitcom), possibly a biography of someone's life that I found interesting.

Or I could just listen to my stereo, playing some Smiths or other chillin' mp3's that I'm in the mood for.

If it's chilly outside, pretty much all of the above, add my natty terry robe (ah, but it was mom's and I miss her sometimes) and socks, and drinking a hot cup of mint tea with honey.

Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' bout Willis!

Coming home from a stressful day at work, where my back hurts and I'm just frazzled, I'll draw a scaling hot bath with bubbles and pour a glass of wine or pop open a Sam Adams, turn on the shower radio/cd player and let everything melt out of me. Which usually doesn't take long because after 15-20 minutes I'm overheated and ready to get out.
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#2395 - 11/28/07 09:20 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Nemesis]
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Nothing beats sitting on the couch with my guitar to calm down.
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#2404 - 11/29/07 02:55 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Octavius]
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A large, full glass, good conversation, some smokes, and nothing but time....
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#2424 - 11/29/07 09:01 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
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This may sound odd, but one way I unwind is playing poker. Grab a few beers, a good smoke, and log on and start playing. I can work myself into a lather some nights though. You called me with that trash hand? Another way is betting the horses. It requires lots of research and charts and such. It exercises the mind and can net you some money for your efforts. I spend some free time reading up on both subjects looking for new tips and pointers.

I like to go to antique stores and search for 50's kitch or anything that grabs my fancy. I have made some great scores. One time I found a child's coffin from the 1800's. I bought it and have it proudly displayed in my "halloween" room.

I also enjoy plopping down on the couch with my wife and sharing some beer or wine, a cigar, and watching tv. I know, a waste of time. However, there are plenty of shows we enjoy and we can learn from. I also have 3 cats that enjoy sitting in my lap. They rotate who gets to sit.

Lastly is cooking and entertaining. I like to bartend and feed people. I get great pleasure from planning a menu, executing it, and enjoying the company and comments from my guests.
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#2427 - 11/29/07 09:09 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
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ummm... Mostly I play games.

World of Warcraft, The Sims 2 all of the expansion packs (yes, it's a waste of money, but sooo addicting), and solitaire.

To fall asleep, I play Brainage 2 on the DS, especially the Sudoku. It usually knocks me out before I can even finish one puzzle.

Other than that, I watch movies or cartoons. Cooking is fun too. I bake cookies if I'm pissed off and I cream all the butter by hand.

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#2429 - 11/29/07 09:22 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: undeadridinghood]
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like undead i to am a gamer sims2 ,rome total war etc sims2 is damm addictive, open for seasons really added alot, but ya kick back mabey smoke a joint and play games damm fun way to relax that or a hot bath then a romp with the wife cures what ailes you:)
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#2430 - 11/30/07 12:26 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: fakepropht]
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 Originally Posted By: fakepropht
I also have 3 cats that enjoy sitting in my lap. They rotate who gets to sit.


I've found that my cat helps me unwind. It is almost like being reassured that someone out there loves you when they hop into your lap, lay down and start purring. There is something serene and relaxing about it.

 Originally Posted By: fakepropht
Lastly is cooking and entertaining. I like to bartend and feed people. I get great pleasure from planning a menu, executing it, and enjoying the company and comments from my guests.


I tend to enjoy this too as long as it's planned. I don't really enjoy doing it "spur of the moment." It also depends on the company. ;\)

Have you had much success with the online poker? I myself would rather go to an actual casino since I can count probability. Kind of hard to do that with a PC.
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#2431 - 11/30/07 12:38 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: fakepropht]
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"I also enjoy plopping down on the couch with my wife and sharing some beer or wine, a cigar, and watching tv. I know, a waste of time. However, there are plenty of shows we enjoy and we can learn from. I also have 3 cats that enjoy sitting in my lap. They rotate who gets to sit."

I can sense from here how much pleasure you get from this. Certainly no waste of time ;\)
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#2438 - 11/30/07 11:36 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Disabuse]
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Have you had much success with the online poker? I myself would rather go to an actual casino since I can count probability. Kind of hard to do that with a PC.


I can hold my own. I haven't won $1000s yet. Mostly because I avoid the higher dollar games. But I have won my own custom jersey from Full Tilt. I made it into the top 50 out of 1000s to qualify to play on tv on Mansion Poker. But I made a bad all in call and got crippled. I was on life support after that. There are several good programs you can buy that calculate the odds for you while playing. They also give you histories and such on the other players. I don't use them, as I want to win doing it all on my own. I prefer live games too. I play a regular free game every Tuesday night and get to AC whenever I have some free time and extra cash.

The company I work for hosts lunch during Christmas week. Each day employees bring in home cooked meals for the others to share. A week long pot luck. Even though I have taken that week off, I plan to come in one day and cook for them. I am going to make venison chili. I am going to hickory smoke the venison first and then work on the chili. I will be dragging my big ass smoker/grill to work early in the morning and getting started. Instead of sleeping in bed, my dumbass will be in the cold tending to the bbq.
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#2442 - 11/30/07 02:43 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
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What do you do to wind down?


Jerk off.

Well, that and play guitar and video games, or bury my nose in a good book and throw on some tunes. I haven't done much in the way of video games recently, as all my games and consoles are in storage. I have to admit though, my guitar practice has been a little bit better lately as a result. I tend to get a little too into video games, and so rather than winding down, I waste entirely too much time on them. They really can be addictive. I miss it right now. I want to play a video game like a recovering alcholic wants a beer. I'd better call my sponsor...
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#2450 - 11/30/07 06:57 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Draculesti]
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I'd jerk too! but when I'm playing bass my fingers are buzy.
But luv the playstation 2. so cool to wind down and shoot shit.
and luvvv... too post
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#2477 - 12/01/07 05:02 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SSSnake]
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a nice joint, some aqua teen hunger force , x box 360, beating blind kids and mocking the disabled.
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#2599 - 12/06/07 05:03 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: jesusbeater]
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Im with you there! LOL
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#3620 - 01/21/08 12:06 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SSSnake]
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I go sit in my attic in the dark with a small candle light in the distance and then just clear my mind from the mundane world. Then after that I might bang my wife a couple times to get even more relaxed to the point I can fall asleep
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#3648 - 01/22/08 12:01 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Noc]
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I listen to music, that is my all time No.1. I also enjoy a smoke, a beer, a bath, meditation and drawing. I love playing on my Playstation but at times I find it winds me up more than relaxes me so I avoid that when I am over stressed
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#3737 - 01/31/08 04:51 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
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 Originally Posted By: circushell
I am treating myself to a burlesque dancing course (for fun and fitness, not so much the career options) as the thought of joining a gym is just not fathomable for an old ballerina. Just the smell makes me nauseous, not to mention the posers and the mirrors. Yuk!!!!!!!!!!


I have an ebook I wrote a few years ago called "Lapdancing for Lovers", which is basically taking you, step by step, through how to put together a burlesque strip show for you partner at home. It's all the other stuff besides the actual moves. Send me a PM with you email addy and I'll send you the download link Mel.
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#3753 - 02/01/08 08:57 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SSSnake]
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Hiking in the rain is wonderful.
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#3802 - 02/03/08 01:30 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
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To wind down, I like to play soft music, perhaps with some essential oils and incense (no, not Ta2zz' favorite kind!) and immerse myself in a good book, or one of a selection of thousands of retro computer games I got off the net.

Yoga is good, particularly yoga nidra and meditation.
Self-hypnosis is also an excellent way to unwind without getting wasted. ;\)

I also like tai chi (which can be pedantically formal though), chi kung, and reiki (bar some of the metaphysical mumbo-jumbo in these...)

I personally find Buddhist meditation (such as Zazen) a bit too ascetic for my taste - it's basically staring at a wall for hours on end. Although I've had some interesting experiences with that, I've decided to move onto other forms of meditation.


Tantric sex seems an interesting recreational activity ;\)

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#3856 - 02/05/08 01:11 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SSSnake]
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Heh, it seems that I cannot keep a continuous state of relaxation for very long these days.

But, in general, I like to paint. Mind you, I get more energy if I'm painting an idea that keeps evolving. I don't relax, but I certainly don't get stressed out by it.

Music also helps me relax, unless I've got too much on my mind. Whenever this happens, I prefer to get closure on whatever issue is bothering me. Then I can enjoy things like music and art.

Another thing that can either relax or stress me out is video-games. This depends on how badly designed a game is or how difficult it is. Mind you, I'm starting to learn not to get stressed out with games and either a) work out a strategy for a certain obstacle, or b) if it stresses me out, I switch the machine off, and try again later.

The internet can be quite relaxing for me also. Then there is the option of watching any of my DVDs on my iMac (the devil's personal computer no less.... XD). Comedy is the best for me to watch.

And then there is the smoking and drinking. I use to smoke cannabis, but I just stick to booze and cigarettes (more on the whole weed thing another time).

Shit, I'm long winded. Time to let someone else give their input on the subject.
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#3874 - 02/05/08 08:09 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
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I enjoy a weekly round of Sensory Devprivation usually a key wind down time for me. Dangerous, yes but anything is dangerous if you make it so. Also its rather hard to beat playing my flute or sitting down with a good book. Watching movies really helps too, I mainly like to watch some sort of Masterpeace Theatre or Quills.
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#4224 - 02/14/08 05:59 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SSSnake]
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I relax best when just sitting in a quiet room, with the sun shining through the window on the interior, with some tranquil classic/gothic music on the feeling is almost orgasmic. \:D
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#4226 - 02/14/08 06:24 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
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I go to the range, go for a swim or do some PT. Depends on my mood. I do enjoy sitting down on the computer and relaxing (which is what I'm doing right now) and just browsing the Internet looking for people doing stupid things, or finding out the latest news from my nation or overseas to keep myself up to date.

If I'm not in the mood for any of that, I'll sit back, play the guitar and listen to some music - or go for a drive.
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#4328 - 02/18/08 11:07 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: DaVinci]
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I generally listen to music to wind down, but then again, I'm always listening to music.
Gardening, Cooking, and Painting are some favorites.
I find climbing trees, and being close to nature to be very relaxing. I love playing in the rain.

Without Wax,
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#27109 - 07/15/09 08:26 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SSSnake]
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i listen to some music on my ipod, once the earphones are in im in a world of my own. Just lying down and listening to the bands you like and not paying any attention to whats going on is really relaxing.

Other than that i play on my playstation 2. im not very good at the war games but just getting the wheel and putting on a good racing game is the best, or just relaxing and go on easy and put on guitar heroes 3.

I used to just take my rabbit out onto the garden and watch him for abit, but he died a couple of months ago so i cant do that anymore.

Oh, and at night is so relaxing, when the sky darkens and the sun disappears, i just sit on my trampoline with some musics on and its real nice.
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#27110 - 07/15/09 08:32 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Kit]
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 Originally Posted By: Kit
I generally listen to music to wind down, but then again, I'm always listening to music.
Gardening, Cooking, and Painting are some favorites.
I find climbing trees, and being close to nature to be very relaxing. I love playing in the rain.

Without Wax,
Kit.


i love drawing, thats another good way of relaxing that i forgot to put in my post. going out in the rain is nice too, especially without the wax. hearing the rain drops splash on the ground is a nice sound (if its not pouring down) just soothing rain
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#27114 - 07/15/09 11:06 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Emily]
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I don't know if this would be called relaxing, but it is to me.

I watch poker shows and I disect them. I'll watch people play for navel lint, coffee grounds, or $1mil. My wife makes me watch upstairs, as it annoying. I will pause the show, and try to figure out what the next step for a player is. I have the advantage of seeing their cards, but I try to shut that out. Some players I know so well, I know what they will do before they do. I also like to close my eyes, and hear what each player is doing. Then I try to get a read on what their hand might be. Pause the tv, and see if I was correct, based on what happened. It might be odd to some, but it helps improve my game.

Music. Always music. Anything from Sinatra to Lamb of God.

Sports on tv. Though that usually has the opposite effect and instead of winding down, I am aggitated. Especially when I have put a bet in on an outcome, and it isn't happening. Nothing worse than picking a 10-1 horse that you just know will win, based on research and opinion, and watching it finish last.

Play with my cats. They can be so entertaining. Each one has a different personality. Often, I will have a cat in my lap just snoozing away. I have 3 females, and they view me as the alpha male. So each vies for attention from me. The youngest will bring me "gifts". The middle one will parade around in front of me until I signal that it's ok to hop in my lap. The oldest just hops up and does as she pleases.

BBQ on a warm day. Nothing is better to me that the smell of smoke coming from the grill, some music in the background, and a cold beer in my hand. Sitting on the deck, sipping a beer, smoking a cigar, listening to tunes, and tending to the beast and veggies that are doing their thing on the Q. If someone could capture that smell in a perfume bottle, I would buy a case.
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#27294 - 07/21/09 01:47 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: fakepropht]
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I like to kill all the lights in the house, turn on the fog machine and laser light, put on a couple of ambient trance records, sit in front of the turntables (which I humbly refer to as "the altar" - an inside joke for DJs who are spiritually connected to their music), maybe sip on a little wine and smoke a few cigarettes, and just float off into whatever part of the Cosmos the music takes me.

Reading on whatever subject most piques my interest at the time.
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#27299 - 07/21/09 04:00 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Gemini]
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Honestly, as strange as people may find it. I bitch about stuff. I find someone willing, or failing that, someone unwilling and I have an argument. Preferably a debate in which I win easily, however a difficult debate is refreshing and I sometimes seek out idiots such as the fabled "Creationist" so that I can beat the shit out of them intellectually for the shits and giggles.

Failing that, I play video games and/or listen to talk radio, which is often people bitching about stuff.
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#27315 - 07/21/09 03:26 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: TornadoCreator]
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We touched on this a bit in another thread recently. Sadly I read this as you admitting you are nothing more than an average Internet bully. Picking on those smaller or weaker than you. I can only wonder if this mirrors your normal attitude in real life or if this was all brought on by being picked on in school as a child. Simply finding your place in the pecking order is no fun unless you continue to climb that ladder.

Drama fuels much of the common human animals needs no matter where its stems from. Be it TV, the Internet, school, or wherever, humans like to create drama between each other. For as many that enjoy creating drama just as many enjoy watching others drama unfold. The proof can be seen almost anywhere you look, in the popularity of reality shows on TV, in the comments from others in gaming or video communities, as well as right here on the 600 club.

Targeting the weak is not a path to enlightenment it is only a path to further ignorance. Just as always picking fights with those weaker than you or those who are disabled is not the path to becoming a better fighter.

 Originally Posted By: Meq
To wind down, I like to play soft music, perhaps with some essential oils and incense (no, not Ta2zz' favorite kind!) and immerse myself in a good book, or one of a selection of thousands of retro computer games I got off the net.

My favorite incense is frankincense I must admit. Other than that I prefer something with eucalyptus if not having a few stalks of dried eucalyptus stuck somewhere nearby. Currently in my shop I have oil warmers that are burning a citrus eucalyptus blend while at home I stick to an apple cinnamon scent.

Funny you would try to call me out, much less in a post I had not contributed to nor been mentioned in. One can only guess at your intention. Ah a year plus later I nibble YOUR bait. ;\)

And now the moment you have all been waiting for, the piece that makes this all on topic and right as rain...

For me there is nothing like making someones flesh sing with a needle, creating artwork, making money while creating pain is a beautiful thing. Nothing in life comes close to the trust and power involved when someone lets you modify his or her skin in a permanent manner. Much respect is given for those who allow me this pleasure.

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#27320 - 07/21/09 05:51 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: ta2zz]
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 Originally Posted By: ta2zz
My favorite incense is frankincense I must admit. Other than that I prefer something with eucalyptus if not having a few stalks of dried eucalyptus stuck somewhere nearby. Currently in my shop I have oil warmers that are burning a citrus eucalyptus blend while at home I stick to an apple cinnamon scent.

I really dig the scent of Nag Champa, it contributes well to a meditative atmosphere.

A curious story: When I was reading Hegel I lit a stick and, lo and behold, this German rationalist's mystical roots suddenly became a lot clearer. Hegel and Nag Champa are like a rich cheese with a fine wine, a grand fusion I hit upon almost by accident.

The Spice incense blends also have a pleasing aroma, although they prove impossible to get hold of nowadays - and were never sold in the States anyway.

Other than that, I find that nice long walks, hot baths, and yoga nidra-style meditation are a real stress-buster.

Doesn't year-old bait taste a bit stale? ;\)

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#27648 - 07/28/09 06:05 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SSSnake]
Jesse Offline
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Registered: 07/22/09
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I play guitar most of the time. I fine the art of music to be truly the most fascinating of all the arts. You can create unique sounds everytime you play whatever instrument you might play.

With my guitar setup I can play anything from slow, calm tunes like something in the key of A minor, clean channel. Then I can turn on my distortion and unleash hell upon the world. I play a 7 string guitar so there's plenty of balls to the wall shit with the lower tuning.

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#50821 - 03/12/11 04:16 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SSSnake]
Hegesias Offline
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Registered: 02/16/11
Posts: 725
To relieve stress, I beat my wife. Not really, I'm not married but I have a girlfriend for the same thing.

In all seriousness though, I workout till I am beat and simply have to relax. If I think about it though, I often go to the woods. A person such as me needs constant stimulation. I cultivate scenarios for stimulation, I'm always calm and collected and I require intense stimulation, relaxation comes afterwards as consequence. If I miss a workout I'll be awake for over 38 hours and will do Occult research at night.
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#50822 - 03/12/11 05:03 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
Clarence Offline
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Registered: 01/14/10
Posts: 61
Scotch and cigars - the very best: at the moment Padron Family Reserve and a bottle of 45-50yo Chivas. My bliss. I refuse to go a day without indulging... it's not a compulsion, I just feel that life would be void of any real value without these serene moments in which I can unwind and reflect. It keeps me sane.
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#50871 - 03/13/11 11:25 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Clarence]
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Registered: 08/05/10
Posts: 24
Loc: Arizona
My life, by design, is mostly void of stress. I really like my job, my friends and family are amazing, all debt almost paid off, etc.

When things do get boring or out of hand I have a few methods that help me out. I'm sure most of them have already been listed but no matter.

1. Jerkin' off. A little internet porn and a little left hand action. Poppin a load can really clear the mind.
2. Video games. FPS games usually. Sometimes I'll fire up the old Total Annihilation and get my strategy on 1997 style.
3. Internet... Porn, shopping, research etc. With music playing. Usually Metal or Ska.
4. Discuss topics from an unpopular view point. I don't know why but this one really puts a smile on my face. My intent isn't to beat anyone in a debate but simpily to see how far I can finesse my idea into their head.
5. Playing with the dog helps alot! Playing with my scorpions... not so much.

That's about it, most of the relaxing stuff I do. Now we just need a thread going about exciting fun things y'all do.

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#51287 - 03/19/11 12:13 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
Adversary Bass Offline
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Registered: 07/20/10
Posts: 13
Loc: USA
I love to go walk the trails that wind around the river near my house and occasionally smoke a cigar while I do so. In the summer, there is nothing like finding a cool bit of shade to sit down and have a puff while I watch the river float by.

I'm also a pretty big metal nerd, so I enjoy putting on an album that has a good bit of atmosphere, turning down the lights and immersing myself in the music. Soaking up every note, every nuance, every moment of emotion. Great stuff.
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#51318 - 03/19/11 08:13 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Adversary Bass]
SinfulAngel Offline
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Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 4
Loc: Essex
When I'm not running around cleaning up after the kids and doing the school run, I like to just sit down and continue writing my books.
I also like to have a nice long soak in the tub with a good book.

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#51324 - 03/19/11 10:56 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SinfulAngel]
John Le Devi Offline
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Registered: 03/19/11
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Reading helps me chill out.

I also like learning new card tricks which helps take my mind off any worries I might have....

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#51799 - 03/27/11 06:44 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: undeadridinghood]
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Registered: 03/27/11
Posts: 35
I play games, mostly Modern Warfare 2 and Superbike 2010. Lately it's been Crysis 2!!!

I also draw a lot too. Or listen to music.

 Originally Posted By: undeadridinghood
and I cream all the butter by hand.


You make the butter?

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#70175 - 08/12/12 06:09 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SPEEDEMON]
Le Deluge Offline
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Registered: 08/05/12
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It would depend on what I was winding down from. An aggravating day? It may call for cardio exercise. A long day? A glass of wine with my girlfriend. Reading and music are a given. I like solitude in a controlled environment. Our cats keep us smiling. \:\)
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#71091 - 09/21/12 01:47 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Le Deluge]
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Registered: 06/27/10
Posts: 4
Loc: Middle America
Currently: a cocktail or two and some XBoXLive. There is something amazingly cathartic about running to and fro, shooting everything in your path.

It seems somewhat odd to me, however, as many MANY people take that sort of thing entirely too seriously. "Your k/d ratio sucks bro? Fuck you".

I dunno. I find a nice little release from just dropping some guys, and trying to win. At the end of the day, it was all amusing.

That is what I take away from it.
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#71148 - 09/21/12 10:09 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Erebus]
Michael A.Aquino Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 2576
Loc: San Francisco, CA, USA
Drag my sorry ass to the gym.
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#71159 - 09/22/12 05:55 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
maha666 Offline
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Registered: 07/07/12
Posts: 6
At the end of the day i like to take a shower,drink a few cups of tea, sit at my table and play a few online games
i do my best to clear my mind about the events of the day, i sometimes like to listen to some loud music i have listened to over the years to relive some of my past when things were good, i reflect on the challendges i have overcome and look at the huddles i have to jump to become a better being.

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#71192 - 09/23/12 08:30 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Registered: 01/04/12
Posts: 104
Loc: California,U.S.
I used to go to the gym, to relieve stress, but then I realized how much more profitable exercise was just working outside. I always firgured why exercise without getting something else accomplished, so I planted a bunch of different vegetables last spring and stayed busy all summer. I actually think gardening is the most effective way for me to unwind and stay in shape, it was both relaxing and satisfying. I also prefer being in a quiet room without anything on and reading an interesting book.
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#72202 - 10/26/12 10:56 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: seekswisdom]
Noiitekk Offline
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Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 12
Pour a gin & tonic, turn up some music, and clean my armaments with my pup. Nothing I love better than that when it comes to relaxing.
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#72233 - 10/28/12 04:31 AM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
tonyB Offline
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Registered: 08/05/12
Posts: 8
Loc: North Carolina
Glass of wine (cabernet sauvignon), a good book, some Rachmaninov and my pups stretched out around me -----I'm good.
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#87869 - 05/22/14 09:05 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SSSnake]
cut me inside Offline
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Registered: 03/31/14
Posts: 9
Loc: Australian citizen
my usual relaxation involves a breathing technique I learnt where you breath in a colour of your choice that feels good to you and breathe out the opposite imagining that the good colour is rushing through you. Pushing all bad negativity out of your body and evaporating through your mouth and palms of your hands. It works for me but I'm not sure with others.
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#91343 - 07/31/14 10:39 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: SSSnake]
cut me inside Offline
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Registered: 03/31/14
Posts: 9
Loc: Australian citizen
Well to calm myself I often use an anti anxiety technique to remove the excess fuel burning through my body like pulling on a chair while sitting on it or just square breathing. Otherwise I just play my Bass Gtr burn stuff or write further chapters in my Journal.
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#93433 - 10/02/14 08:42 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: Circus_Hell]
600Advocate Offline
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Registered: 12/24/08
Posts: 5
Loc: Texas
I like to come home visit with my dog and sit down in a dark room that's quiet with some coffee and cigarettes, listening to tool's disposition to calm me down. I want to put a star projector in there and then it'd be perfect.
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#94108 - 11/04/14 10:13 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: 600Advocate]
BaronVonShankly Offline
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Registered: 03/23/09
Posts: 168
Loc: London
Go to the gym, train various martial arts I find that it's a great way to relive the tension of the day. I find being pissed off for hours then going full bore at a punch bag or a sparring partner releases so much anger which allows me to calm down.
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#94117 - 11/05/14 04:22 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: BaronVonShankly]
JamesSTL Offline
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Registered: 11/29/13
Posts: 312
Loc: St. Louis
Sex, hot shower, reading, slumber. In that order. That usually does the trick.

I have found that if the stresses of civilization become too overbearing, a day spent in the forest does wonders for the soul.

There is something to be said about the exercise of hunter-gatherer instincts in the human well-being equation. Indulging in hiking, foraging, hunting, fishing, and rough camping is very fulfilling to me.

I don't think you're ever quite alive like when you are wrist-deep in an animal's entrails, then cooking that animal on an open fire. Being actively involved in the procurement of a food source is invigorating.

If you eat meat, I highly recommend it.

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#94242 - 11/15/14 03:04 PM Re: What do you do to wind down? [Re: JamesSTL]
ta2zz Offline
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Registered: 08/28/07
Posts: 1552
Loc: Connecticut

This was an interesting walk through the past rereading the old posts in this thread.

I haven't changed much since my last thought on the subject. I have filled my shop with so much dried eucalyptus it was overpowering at first.

Being a being of the forest myself I realize I haven't spent any time in the woods in a very longtime. I need to give myself a day before the snow hits. Its also been awhile since Ive perforated flesh with an ink laden needle. I've been enjoying an early semi-retirement at 48.

The street I live on has gone from a very quiet road to a highly used always busy street in the last 15-20 years. To totally relax now I have been using recordings of white noise to erase the sounds of the outside world. I have found many 4-10 hour recordings on YouTube of various fans and air conditioning units that work well for this purpose.

~T~
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