Just like our children/grandchildren need to find healthy ways to relax, so do parents/grandparents and every other adult on the planet!
Relaxation can take many forms and will be different for every individual—including married couples where one may enjoy biking and the other spouse may enjoy camping. There are always ways to combine relaxation activities so that everyone is happy.
Here is my Top 10 List. Enjoy!
1. Massage–For Relaxation
There are a lot of benefits to getting a massage. It can be extremely relaxing. It can also help with other physical or emotional concerns.
I used to get really bad sinus headaches and would spend weeks and weeks at a time having a stuffed up nose. It was absolutely miserable. Finally, a friend suggested I get a facial massage done to see if it would help.
As the massage therapist was tapping my forehead and nasal passages through my cheeks and around my eyes, I could feel, not only the relaxation, but also my sinus’ opening up.
Just having someone giving you a massage can be a very relaxing experience. Many therapists will create a relaxing mood with low lighting and perhaps a candle or incense burning.
For me, the entire experience was well worth the money.
2. Walking or Hiking
As with children, walking or hiking can be very relaxing. You may be able to literally “walk your cares away.” You can walk alone or with your spouse or other adults. You can also take this relaxing walk with your children or grandchildren.
In whatever way you choose to walk or hike, make sure that you are fit enough to complete a walk. What I mean is, if you are not used to walking a mile, it wouldn’t be wise to start out walking a mile. (Remember if you walk one mile in one direction, you have to walk that mile back, too!)
I suggest getting a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots. Your feet and back will thank you!
For many people, fishing can be a very relaxing pastime. For others, it can be very distressful. If you like fishing, go. If you don’t, obviously you should choose another activity.
I find that fishing from a boat in a lake is very relaxing. Some people like to fish from shore. Some people enjoy fly-fishing, personally, I am not one of them!
For those who live in climates where the lakes and rivers freeze over in the winter, ice fishing can also be a very relaxing pastime. I recommend a fish house for winter fishing just because the wind across the ice can be very cold and a nice warm fish house can mean the difference between a great day of fishing or a case of frostbite!
There are many ways to fish, pick the one that is most relaxing to you and have a great time!
4. Watching TV
Just like any other activity, not everyone enjoys watching television. Or maybe they only enjoy certain types of television programming.
Personally, I am a Netflix junkie! I can binge watch entire seasons of a show in one sitting!
Whatever your television preferences are, it can prove to be a very relaxing pastime by yourself or with others.
5. Yoga or Other Exercise
I only put Yoga on here because I know that for a lot of people, it can be very relaxing. Personally, however, I get all messed up trying to perfect the moves and end up more tense and frustrated than I was before I started!
Yoga or other types of meditation can be very relaxing and also physically beneficial.
Personally, I enjoy walk at home workouts by Leslie Sansone. I also enjoy workouts that are a bit more challenging like P90X by Tony Horton! Before you try that one, make absolutely sure to check with your physical health provider first!
6. Bicycling or Motorbiking
While I don’t advocate riding bicycle or motorcycle without a helmet, there is very little that can compare to the feeling of the wind blowing across your face and through your hair.
When I was younger, I did a lot of motorcycle riding. Now I stick with riding my bicycle, but I am thinking about getting a scooter type machine so I can feel the freedom (or at least a little of it) of the wind blowing through my hair (under my helmet, of course)!
There are many ways to enjoy either of these great pastimes.
7. Playing Games
For as many people as there are, there is probably one that suits everyone.
A lot of people enjoy different types of card or board games. Many adults—especially those of us who grew up on Atari or Sega—still enjoy playing video games on a gaming system or on our computers, tablets or phones.
Personally, I do enjoy playing some Nintendo classic games on my Wii. I also have a PlayStation 2 and 3 so I can play a bunch of different games depending on what mood I am in.
There are a lot of systems out there, but for a lot of people, the perfect relaxation comes from a good game of solitaire!
8. Hugging or Cuddling
As much as children like to receive a hug, adults need hugs and snuggles, too.
A hug or snuggling can be a very relaxing show of care for your spouse or partner. These tender moments can remind you of how much you care for each other and that being together is a very important part of your life.
As I shared on the Relaxation Tips for Children page, there are many physical and emotional advantages to hugging. I know that my spouse and I feel closest when we simply hug tightly.
9. Reading a Book
I love reading a good book! I usually don’t have a lot of time in my busy day to just sit down and read, but when I do, I read whatever I can get my hands on.
I usually end up reading just before going to bed. When I am in bed, I like to read paperback books because they are flexible and easy to handle.
When I am sitting at a table, I either use my Kindle reader or a hardback book.
Because I work for a newspaper, I do a lot of reading of all sorts of newspapers, online research and other media. I love to read and most of the time, it is very relaxing for me!
10. Going for a “Sunday” Drive
When I was a kid, my parents used to go on “Sunday” drives several nights a week. Sometimes it was just to go out and look at the fields (we were farmers). Other times, it was just to drive around and maybe, if we were really good, the drive might end with a trip to the area drive-in to get an ice cream!
The act of just driving on a country road “far from the maddening crowd” has a lot of relaxation qualities—as long as you don’t fret too much about the price of gasoline.
Driving without purpose can be a great time to visit with your significant other or with the kids or just a time to relax and unwind by yourself.
11. Bonus—Adult Coloring
I added this one because a lot of us have gotten into coloring as adults. It has proven to be a very relaxing time.
If you enjoyed coloring when you were a child, I recommend giving coloring as an adult a try. It can be very relaxing as you can let your mind wander as you color in the lines!
I have several coloring books and many sets of colored pencils. But once in a while, I also use my granddaughters crayons!
There are a lot of ways to relax. Choose your favorites and make sure to refresh yourself. Your child/grandchild depends on you and you will do so much better if you are both able to relax!
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and thanks for reading my post!