Relaxing things are soothing: they make you feel calm, happy, and at ease.

Relaxing things are the opposite of things that create worry or excitement. For a lot of people, watching TV and reading are relaxing. Jumping off a building or taking part in a high-speed chase isn't relaxing at all — neither is taking a test. If something makes you feel mellow, then it's probably relaxing. It helps most people sleep if they do relaxing things first.

Definitions of relaxing

adj affording physical or mental rest

reposeful, restful
slumberous, slumbrous
quiet and tranquil
restless, uneasy
lacking or not affording physical or mental rest

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