The #AllYouNeedIsLoveProject: Love to Relax

It’s Thursday!!!


I like this week’s topic based on the fact that my answer is simple! “What do you love to do to help yourself relax after a long day?”

After a long day — and just about every day is a long day these days — I like to put on some comfortable pajamas, hop into bed, get under the covers, plug my cell phone into its charger, and pick up one of these guys.

Did you really expect anything else from me?

Think about it, though: You’ve had a really tough day. Your boss gave you a hard time at work today, or your child did something that ruined your good mood. You want to get in bed and relax — maybe try to go to sleep — but your mind is racing a mile a minute. You’re making tomorrow’s to-do list, or figuring out what you need to get at the store, or worrying about something you need to fix in your house. One of the best ways, in my humble opinion, to flip the switch on all of that and really get into a calm and relaxed state is to pick up a book. If you’ve chosen a good one (something you really want to read), you’ll get sucked in and all that other stuff will leave your mind. I like to read until I either can’t hold my eyes open any longer or until I feel like I’ve reached a good stopping point. Sometimes I don’t hit that point and end up reading until I’ve finished the book and it’s 4 in the morning, but that’s just me.

Reading is good for your mind, good for your soul, and good for relaxation. If you don’t already do it, I highly recommend it!

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  • I enjoy reading, but I don’t get to do it very often. I used to read a lot when I was in high school.

  • kpsays

    I love me some Carmen! Such a sweet, sweet, inspiring lady!

    I am a voracious reader, but haven’t read as much as I’d like to lately. Since I started blogging a year ago, it has taken over my reading time. Must correct that!

    Now, about Neil Gaiman. I am a complete Tori Amos nut, and she and Neil are super close friends – she mentions him in many of her songs. What would you recommend as a first read for a new Neil reader???

    Like you, sometimes when I’m really into a book, I end up reading into the wee hours because I’m so into the book. So much for unwinding at the end of a long day.

    Have you read “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett?

  • readathomemama

    You know, the book I’m working on now — The Ocean at the End of the Lane — is my first Neil Gaiman book! It’s billed as a fairy tale, and it’s fairly short (about 180 pages). It’s a good “starter” Gaiman, I think. 🙂

    And no, I haven’t read anything by Ken Follett! I’ve heard of him but I’ve never picked up one of his books.