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What to do when you don’t feel like doing anything?

By Heather Allen
Some days I don’t feel like doing anything at all. However, I find myself getting a bit claustrophobic in my condo. Hanging out in coffee shops is fine now that school is out and there are not so many students using the Wi-Fi but many of them are not as comfortable as they could be for those of us that like to hang out long term. This is understandable since the coffee shops don’t make any money from someone drinking one coffee and taking up a seat for 3 hours. So, coffee shops can be good for a period of time, but they wear after a while too as the guilty feeling that I should go buy something creeps up on me so I get a cake or something equally fattening and then I think, “Why did I just buy a cake I shouldn’t be eating?”
My recently reviewed El Patio is comfortable but open only at 5 p.m. and well, the wine is too good to not drink a few glasses! In my home country I would go to the library and grab a seat and relax but as far as I am aware there is no such option here. Going to the shopping centers such as Central Plaza, while conducive to relieving my wallet, don’t really relieve me of my need to find a place to relax.
I have a friend that goes to the salon and gets her hair washed and dried and then gets a full mani-pedi. She says it’s very relaxing and forces you to relax and do nothing. I have tried it but it isn’t something I can do on a regular basis. Another friend gets massages, the problem I find is that once I have the massage I am nice and relaxed but the drive home undoes all the good from the massage!
Going for a drive is hardly conducive to relaxing in the ever busier Chiang Mai streets and while heading for the open road is tempting it is the return to sit in heavy traffic at rush hour that puts me off. I go to the gym but, let’s face it, that is not doing nothing either, although the way I work out, I suppose some people would disagree!
When it isn’t too hot, I like to take a walk, there is Suan Buak Haad Park or the Fitness Park on Huay Kaew. A walk around the lake at CMU is really nice and then of course, a day on the lake at Huay Tung Tao is great. Again, the drive back puts me off sometimes but well, I guess you take the good with the bad there.
It really is amazing how much I can do when I don’t really feel like doing anything at all.


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What to do when you don’t feel like doing anything?