Arizona December 16, 2015
14 Ways People In Arizona Can Relax And Take It Easy
I bet I know exactly what was on your mind as soon as you read the title; that famed song by the Eagles, “Take It Easy.” Hopefully, you don’t have as many women troubles as depicted in the song, but if you’re still feeling a bit of stress, Arizona is the perfect place to unwind and relax. This time of year is especially great since the southern portion of the state has some amazing weather and if seeing a bit of snow lowers your blood pressure, we have that, too.
Besides making a special trip to Slow Town (Winslow for those not in the know), you can also check out some of these activities that can help put your mind at ease.
Need a chance to think or clear your mind? Sometimes a drive on the highway helps, especially since ours have the open space and relation to nature.
Another way to relax from a stressful month? Spending a day at a spa makes a great retreat, like at the Arizona Biltmore. If that's a little outside of your budget, even just spending an hour getting pampered through a massage or a manicure is enough to help you relax.
3. Hot springs
Some of these require a hike to get to while others are located in small resorts, or abandoned resorts like the Verde Hot Springs pictured above.
4. Run it off
For me, going for a run is a great way to both alleviate stress from the day and get a good start to your morning. Arizona is also the host of tons of races this time of year, including the P.F. Chang's Marathon next month and there's no feeling quite like crossing a finish line.
5. Peaceful walk in a garden
If running isn't your thing, then maybe a relaxing stroll in a peaceful garden sounds more appealing. Check out our
state gardens article
for ideas on where to go.
Yoga has been shown to reduce blood pressure, increase flexibility, and even increase muscle tone. Take a few classes then practice your moves out in nature.
7. Watch a sunrise
Up early or especially late? Take a few minutes to greet the day and watch the sun peak over the horizon with a cup of coffee or tea.
8. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea
Need a simple pleasure? How does a cup of coffee or tea sound? You can easily brew it at home or you can leave the house (or office) to
a coffee shop
for a few minutes of sanity.
9. Let someone else make dinner tonight
10. Enjoy an Arizona movie
You can interpret this however you see fit. Watch a
movie set in Arizona
or head out to an Arizona theatre for a more thorough escape.
This time of year is perfect for stargazing because our already dark skies are even more clear in winter. If you want to find constellations, I recommend downloading the
Google Sky Map
on your phone or tablet; when you position your device to different areas in the sky, it will tell you the names of constellations.
12. Read a book
I come from a family of avid readers so there's really no greater joy in life than walking through a bookstore or library to find a good read. You never know what you'll find!
13. Enjoy a campfire or watch a log smolder in the fireplace
Of course, listen to Smokey the Bear and be sure you practice campfire safety habits!
14. Get out in nature
If anything, go out into nature and enjoy the beauty around you! Take in the views, practice some deep breathing exercises, and love this land we live on.
How do you take it easy while in Arizona? Listen to an Eagles LP? Engage in one of these activities?