Hello coffee lovers and avid readers! Welcome to Olive’s Corner at Olive’s Café, where you get insight on thoughts of life.

Here’s my opinion on relaxation: it’s the perfect way to rejuvenate yourself from a day of hard work, and people have different ways of relaxing. People take naps, watch a movie, go to a spa, read a book at the park, and do yoga.

I have my way of relaxing, although people may find it weird because it’s work. However, I just find these activities relaxing. One, I find dancing relaxing, as it calms my nerves and releases the excess energy that I have. In other words, I get stressed out, and If I can’t sleep, then I dance.

I also find writing relaxing. I have so many thoughts running a marathon, and it drives me insane. So, I grab a pen and a notebook, and I start writing. I even write on my laptop and share my ideas.

Another way I relax is reading a book, and that is one of my most relaxing activities ever. I picture the story as I read the words, and they open my mind. They take me away from the noise that doesn’t help my growth, and I feel better afterwards.

Now, the next activity may seem very strange, but I find learning Korean very relaxing. I can learn any other language, but Korean is just relaxing to me. Learning how to read, write, and speak the language is very entertaining, but it also helps with my memory. It’s like my music to my ears.

Speaking of music, listening to it helps me relax. Not listening to music drives me insane. I listen to music all day, every day. I positively think people are crazy for liking silence in a room. I’m more productive when there’s music.

From all the activities that I find relaxing, the one activity that helps me relax is art. Reading is the most relaxing, but art is what truly helps me escape. I create a different world, and then I enter it. Without art, nothing else matters. It sounds insane, but art helps me relax to the level that not everyone will understand.

So, those are my ways of relaxing. It’s great that you have ways to relax. It may not make sense to others, but whatever floats your boat and helps you sleep.

Here’s the thing: before, I understood naps, spas, teas, coffee, movies, playing games, and so on and so forth. What I didn’t understand is doing NOTHING at all. Just sitting somewhere. DOING NOTHING. In my opinion, looking at the wall is not relaxing. That’s pure boredom. Not only that, it doesn’t help with processing the mind to go anywhere pleasant. It hurts my brain, just thinking about it.

For those that do just sit and do nothing, here’s my suggestion: find something to do to release. Trust me, it’s relaxing. You can try knitting, collecting rocks, playing crossword puzzles, playing Sudoku, making music or different sounds. I don’t know, something that will keep your mind going somewhere pleasant.

Nonetheless, here’s what I learn now: doing nothing may actually help with relaxing with some people. Not a lot of people want to think about anything. Quite frankly, they don’t want to do anything at all. Now that I think about it, sometimes it’s best to do nothing, but to do nothing every week will drive me insane. When you do have time, you can find something to do to help you relax.

Remember, relaxing helps relieve stress, and to me, doing artistic activities is what relaxing to me and other artists.


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