Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Art of Relaxation

Missy, here. How do you relax? Are you any good at it?

I do a pretty good job. One way is by spending some time each morning over my coffee. As soon as I wake up, I feed the dogs. I have to or they'll drive me crazy. (My chocolate lab acts like a herding breed and bumps me toward the dog dishes.)    :-)

Once I do that, then I'm on autopilot: I make coffee. And don't let anything throw me off from that routine! I'll be out of whack for the whole day if I don't get my coffee fix.

It's not the caffeine. I don't feel a kick or anything like that. It's the flavor. It's the sitting in front of the TV with Good Morning America on. It's taking some time for me before I jump into the day.

Another way I love to relax is by reading. Especially while on vacation. This past June, we spent a week at the beach. I packed up a bag of books--5 or 6. And I read them all! I had to borrow my son's Kindle and download another.

My favorite place to read? On the beach, in my chair, under an umbrella. Oh, and with a glass of iced tea. :-)

What about you? How do you relax? Is it something you should work on?


Missy Tippens' most recent release from Love Inspired is A Family for Faith. A House Full of Hope will be out in February.


  1. Missy, it's hard for me to relax when I'm at home. Too many things vying for my time and attention. Our ranch seems to be a good place for me to unwind. That is, when it's not a whirlwind trip.
    Of course, the mountains are relaxing too. You can't beat the view.

  2. Mindy, is it harder to relax at home. That's why I love my coffee ritual. It feels like an automatic blood pressure lowerer (is that a word??). :)

  3. I try to take some time every night when the house is quiet to relax and unwind from the day before going to bed. Although call me crazy, but I spent about a half hour today de-weeding my lawn and it was so relaxing to be out in nature :)

  4. Eva Maria, that's not crazy. Although, if we did that here right now, we'd have a heat stroke! Especially Mindy, who's had temps over 100 for about 40 days straight!

  5. Missy-your pictures relaxed me!! Ha! Lately I've been sketching to relax. And no, I'm not good. It's just fun.

  6. Lindi, I've done that before, too! Bought a set of pencils and a pad of paper and took it to the beach with me. :) My dad's an excellent painter (although he hasn't painted since I was little). And my sister is very talented. I just didn't get that artistic gene.

    But I do enjoy trying. :)