Relaxing is a very nebulous term as well as being vague in practice. A huge number of things can be considered relaxing even though one person’s refreshing row may be another person’s muscular torture while another person’s zen garden on the beach may drive someone else to the edge of it. It’s peculiar how many different things can be considered relaxing, but we can only look at relaxing from our own point of view. We all live different lives and have lived different lives from our beginnings. There is absolutely no reason for us to define relaxing in the same way. especially since we feel different kinds of relaxation from making our muscles lax and loose to ridding our minds and spirits of tension and anxiety. For such different causes to such different results there must be many different strategies and none that at least work for somebody should be excluded from the term relaxing. The thing that puzzles me about relaxing is that no matter what the method one uses to relax, one’s whole attention is focused on it. If one’s whole attention is focused on an activity, whether it be active or passive, how does that count as relaxing? Certainly it may release tension and anxiety or physically loosen muscles, but the brain doesn’t stop to relax, the brain keeps on functioning and possibly at even a higher level than when one is performing mundane tasks. Brain activity looks different when we’re sleeping, but sleeping is not the same thing as relaxing. Brain activity occurring when we are performing what we define as relaxing activity is no different from other waking activities but does have our bodies show the physical attributes we relate to being relaxed. Therefore relaxing is a function of the mind and spirit and can be anything at all that rejuvenates us while we are awake. How would you define relaxing for you?