What is the opposite of relaxing?

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Adjective
Opposite of conducive to relaxation
“It was a stressful exercise, but that's nothing out of the ordinary for me because I thrive on it.”
Adjective
(of a place, period of time, or situation) Opposite of without disturbance, activity or excitement
“New York is a lively city that never sleeps.”
Adjective
Opposite of in a state of comfort and relaxation
“They all saw Dawn as their sworn enemy, which made for an uncomfortable weekend away for me because I was now seen as a traitor.”
Adjective
Opposite of promoting calm or inducing sleep
Adjective
Opposite of having a gently calming effect
Adjective
Opposite of providing a feeling of ease or relaxation
“The entire notion laying in hospital terrifies me, which is why I find this bed uncomfortable.”
Adjective
Opposite of having a peaceful aspect
Adjective
Opposite of laid back and unhurried
“The frenetic action and strategic nuances of this sport make it exhilarating, yet fascinating.”
Adjective
Opposite of the pleasantness of warm and sunny weather
“We had to cancel our date at the beach due to overcast weather.”
Adjective
Opposite of amusing
Adjective
Opposite of causing, or tending to cause, sleep or sleepiness
Adjective
(of a place or setting) Opposite of having a personable or relaxed atmosphere
“The whole place was incredible, but it had an impersonal feel to it, almost like a hotel.”
Adjective
Opposite of helping to avoid confrontation
Adjective
Opposite of comfort based on one's experience and knowledge with their surroundings
“There was something eerie about the strange old Victorian mansion where they stayed for the night.”
Noun
Opposite of an instance or period of resting
“The pain was so severe that I was not able to engage in any activity for a while.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to rest or engage in an enjoyable activity so as to become less tired or anxious
“You need to take a chill pill because you stress too much!”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to make or become less taut or tight
“As the news became more evident, Grey felt his nerves tense, his fists tighten, and his breath become heavy.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to calm down
“Sometimes I rile my son for fun, but he is a good sport about it.”
Verb
(of a rule or restriction) Opposite of present participle for to make less strict
“We welcome the decision by the Gambling Commission to extend the ban on using credit cards for online gambling.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to become less severe or intense
“In recent months the government has increased the economic siege on the island with the application of new sanctions that intensify the embargo in force.”
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