IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Relaxation – Band 9

***TIP – DO NOT use the second-person voice in any part of the IELTS exam except for Task 1 writing of the general IELTS (you should not speak directly to your examiner)

What is your favorite relaxing activity at this resort hotel? (Answer + Explanation + Example)

It’s tough to choose, but if I had to say, I would go with the thermal baths as they relax both my body and mind. In fact, the last time I was there, after spending a couple hours in the hot spring, I felt like I was ten years younger.  


Let’s talk about the importance of relaxation.

Why is it important for people to take some time to relax in the day? 

It’s critical for individuals to have a bit of me-time in the day, to let go of stress and regain some energy, not only so that they can be more productive in their work and study, but also for maintaining a positive attitude. For this reason, workplaces provide coffee breaks and lunch breaks for their employees. 

What can happen if people do not find time to relax?

Well, if people do not have an opportunity to release stress, they will eventually burn themselves out, their work will be less productive and error rates will increase. This is the reason that transport truck drivers are mandated by law to stop driving every few hours and take a break so that they do not fall asleep at the wheel and cause traffic accidents. 

Some people feel that keeping calm and staying relaxed is a skill that can be learned and improved. Do you agree with this?

I concur with this idea 100%. People can participate in a variety of both physical and mental exercise in order to acquire skills to find inner peace. Immediate ones that come to mind are yoga and mediation. In fact, many tourists participate in such activities at the Banff Springs Hotel, such as guided mediation. 

Blow off steam – let go of stress – decompress

When is it a good time to do these kinds of exercises for people?

Well, the timing of such exercises slightly depends on the individual’s schedule and the type of exercise. It is a good idea to do physical exercises that strengthen the body and mind in the morning, like going for a 5k jog, and doing meditation in the evening an hour before bed. 

Let’s talk about places for relaxation.

Where are good places for relaxation? What are the differences among these places?

Do you think it is the responsibility of people or the government to ensure places for people to relax? Can you elaborate?

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