Escape Reality and Relax

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As the world somehow continues to spin despite everything, it can be vital to your sanity to take a step back, when you can, and distance yourself from the stress of work, the deluge of news, and the pressure of your responsibilities. Here are the top ten ways to escape reality.

Many of us are so accustomed to reading on our phones, tablets, and computers that we rarely pick up a genuine paper book. It is a simple pleasure that forces to you ignore your phone for as long as you can, and a compelling book will make you forget about everything else that might be troubling you. Depending on the subject matter, of course. For many, the real issue is finding time to read. More at Lifehacker.

Oh boy do I need to escape reality at the moment and the article above actually offers some decent ideas. So, what do you do to relax when things get too much?



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  1. https://www.xkcd.com/1796/ – this comic resonated for me.

    Lately I’ve been thinking about that balance between fretting over the world and tending to one’s own garden, so to speak.

    On the one hand, I recognize my relative helplessness to make meaningful change on a macro level. It’s kind of the democracy effect, I can only hope to be part of a trend, one snowball in an avalanche.

    But it feels immoral to just give up and detach utterly.

    Complicating things is this crazily polarized world, with each side campaigning to tell me how dreadfully important it is that I morally support their worldview and outlook – either to help big terrible things from happening to other people or, in some cases, to every damn myself included. And that gets magnified by our storytelling instincts, our desire for a cohesive narrative for it all.

  2. To escaping and relaxing, simple meditation can work. And really all that’s needed is a comfortable place and deep breathing while focusing on the breathing. I’m lucky in that in decent weather, I can walk out on the deck and see almost nothing but trees and brush. Nature can be very calming. The other way is to do something you love that needs focus or concentration. Doesn’t even have to be done well. One of those for me is playing the guitar.

    As for fretting over the world and a feeling of helplessness, I always think of what I’m doing or can do to make the world a better place or help someone. The smallest thing matters. I always remember the parable of the starfish.

    One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one. Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”. The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?” The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”

  3. What I usually do is to sit down and watch a movie or listen some music. Otherwise I’m one of those people that can relax doing some “lite” work, if it’s something you love to do…
    As I’m in website business in free time I can sit and look around for solutions, new stuff. For me that’s some kind of relaxing…

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