|Beach Chairs by Laura Trevey|
–verb (used without object)
6. to become less tense, rigid, or firm.
7. to become less strict or severe; grow milder.
8. to reduce or stop work, effort, application, etc., esp. for the sake of rest or recreation.
9. to release oneself from inhibition, worry, tension, etc.
Man! I am the last person you want to hear from regarding "relax" because I do not know how. I have been a hyper, worried, skitzy, thinks too much, glass-is-half-empty person my entire life. I have spent years and dollars and time seeking ways to relax, from physical therapy to yoga to psychological counseling to drugs to exercise to drinking and now, back to yoga/exercise. Do I have a magic answer? Hell no!
I have been a nail biter, teeth grinder, stomach churning mess whose primary saving grace is to constantly seek ways to help myself. Otherwise, I'd be an alcoholic with a drug problem and no teeth.
"Relax" you say? I'll try. Belly breathing, inversion poses, cardio vascular exercise, meditation are the preferred methods. Of course, I like double gin martinis, an extra dose of Cymbalta, half a pack of cigarettes and a great big meal. If I don't calm down after that, I'm just not gonna.
So there you have it. Don't take advice from me as it will be all the wrong suggestions, liquor, pills, cigarettes, sex...did I leave that out? Sex always relaxes you but you have to have it. I'm uptight every night ...