I find that the following offer immediate relaxation:
- Listening to music.
- Concerts and plays. (I have a very wide range in taste. Except musicals.)
- Films (Oh, OK. Movies. You Americans!!!).
- Time spent with family and friends.
- Introspection. It is like a non-spiritual meditation. My words. Probably wrong.
And I get a lot of long term relaxation benefit from these physical endeavours:
- Playing (field) hockey.
- Running (I hate running but found that a cross trainer connected to an iPad running iFit where I can watch a Google StreetView of the run anywhere in the world [and with music playing] helps)
- Walks with the family and dog.
The following aren't particularly relaxing but give vigour to my life:
- Listening to music. (Different music than the previous entry.)
- Computer gaming (I am not very good but I enjoy the thrills, challenges and [sometimes] stories.)
- Gigs (e.g. I saw The Jesus & Mary Chain last Friday and they were loud and raucous and fun.)
These I do very occasionally but also find relaxing:
- Role playing games (Preferably not running them but happy to take my turn too.)
The biggest failing on my part:
- Not getting enough sleep. (I can't blame the kids. They are 19 and 13.)
-- Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen...they're everywhere!!!