I’m not a wogger. I do go out walking most mornings, but I’m not freakishly devoted to it, or to being in shape like some people (Julia London). I don’t have a gym membership, and in fact the last time I was at a gym was because a family friend’s retirement party was held there.
I know a lot of people find regular exercise relaxing and karmic, but I do not. At all. I have other things that I enjoy doing and find far more relaxing than exercise. Reading, for instance. Nothing relaxes me more than digging into a couple of chapters of a good book before bed.
I also enjoy video games. Not the bloody, shooty ones (mostly), but the role-playing, strategy type games. I’ve been a mercenary dwarf, a saintly noblewoman, a bloodthirsty Nord (appropriately named Psycho McCrazy), and I even spent a little time as a lizard man until I got bored with him.
As I’ve mentioned before I’ve taken to baking cakes, and while my most recent creation of Mount Doom for my bff turned out more rounded than I wanted, it was fun to make.
I think I enjoy things that take a lot of sharp, directed focus but then release me when I’m finished with them. It’s probably because when I’m working on a book, I think about it all the time. Sleeping, waking, eating, not wogging – it’s somewhere in the front or back of my mind. So those minutes when I’m actively focused on something else both give me a break and let my subconscious free to figure out how in the world I’m going to get my hero and heroine out of their latest jam.
These aren’t my hobbies. They’re my…relaxies. Do you have relaxies? Are they different than your hobbies? What do you enjoy doing to settle your brain when everything around you is going crazy?