HEALTHY LIVING
04/08/2014 08:42 am ET Updated Apr 08, 2014

8 Relaxing Activities For When You Just Need To Clear Your Mind

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The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

If you had a completely free hour to do anything you wanted -- with no limits -- how would you spend it?

Chances are most of us wouldn't choose "surfing the Web" or "texting". If we make the time to do what we want, we can give ourselves the opportunity to really recharge and clear our minds. We asked our Facebook community how they would fill some spare time. Check out their favorite calming activities below -- and give one of them a try next time you find yourself needing a little headspace.

  • Behind the wheel.
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    "I would get in my car and just drive. Driving calms me." -- Savannah Duda
  • Connecting with animals.
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    "Watching my finches and cuddling with my parrot." -- Lynne Singerman
  • Basking in the sun.
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    "Go to the beach!" -- Hillary Kosofsky
  • Being active.
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    "Oh, hiking in Colorado!" -- Dee-Scott Livingston
  • Logging some face time with loved ones.
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    "Find a long trail and hike with a close friend to just talk and reconnect." -- Lauren Dawson
  • In a peaceful setting.
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    "On a warm, sunny beach with no wind." -- Sandy Ward
  • Getting wrapped up in another universe.
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    "Read a good book." -- Christine Seymour
  • Exploring somewhere fun.
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    "Down the shore..." -- Sheryl Wolf

How would you spend an hour? Tell us in the comments below!

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