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Mindful : August 2019
55% 6% 39% How We Chill Out Taking some time to rest and release tension isn’t lazy: It’s an act of self-compassion and wisdom that makes for a well-balanced life. Here’s what Mindful readers had to say about the role of relaxation in their days. GET COMFY WITH YOUR MIND. A sense of relaxation can be a nice side effect of meditat- ing, but it’s not a requirement. 55% say they usually feel “chill” when they meditate. For 39% meditation can be relaxing sometimes. 6% say meditation just isn’t a relaxing activity. Nearly all respon- dents say TAKING TIME DAILY FOR MINDFULNESS and EXERCISE, STRETCHING, AND BREATH- ING PRACTICES would be indis- pensable. Other possibilities: listening to music, turning off your phone, getting a massage, loving-kindness meditation, walk- ing on the beach, and reading a book. Slightly less common ideas? Horseback riding and playing backgammon. YOU’RE NOT ALONE if you go through most days feeling a little on edge: 58% of respondents do, too. A mere 1% are totally chill more often than not. 28% say they’re pretty laid-back, and the rest (13%) report feeling like a bundle of nerves. ORGANIZING MY HOME and purging items I don’t need helps me when things feel chaotic. Also, sometimes just getting on the floor and letting my dogs shower me with attention is amazing! IGETUP BEFORE 6AM, light a candle, read the newspaper online, and have coffee: a peaceful hour to myself. Then I walk or work out or do yoga. CATCHING CRABS WITH MY NEPHEW. I watch him mindfully as he explores, and his innocent curi- osity brings me quiet joy. FACEBOOK HELPS ME RELAX. I’ve real- ized it’s because I have few “friends” there—the ones I have are people who mean some- thing special to me. MY LUNCHTIME WALKS. I take the same route each day, headphones in, walking to the beat of my carefully selected soundtrack. I SORT RANDOM THINGS into categories that have no real pur- pose, other than aesthetics—things like state quarters; books I haven’t read yet; items picked up while traveling; pictures, downloads, and screenshots on my phone. DANCING. It’s something I wasn’t allowed to do when I was growing up, andnowIfindthatI enjoy it very much! How relaxed are you most of the time? What unusual things do you do to relax? Do you feel relaxed when meditating? What does your ideal self- care practice look like? “Single-tasking and immersing myself in my immediate experience. I’ve found this more calming than infrared saunas or sensory deprivation tanks.” — a Mindful reader the mindful survey