Sometimes, you just have to stop and smell the roses. So, on Aug. 15, we celebrate National Relaxation Day. While you won’t make it far in life without putting your best foot forward, that American work ethic can be a double-edged sword. It’s hard to avoid burnout without kicking that foot up on an ottoman every now and then!
National Relaxation Day gives you a chance to just. say. no. No, you won’t be braiding Kiki’s hair. No, you don’t feel like cooking Pennywhistle Pasta for the school bazaar. It’s your time to kick back and chill!
National Relaxation Day Activities
Discover a more laid-back activity
Ever try yoga or meditation? They're both great ways to relax, but if they're a bit too exotic for you, try a different form of light exercise.
Help someone else relax
If you're stress-free, someone close to you could probably use some help reaching the same state of mental peace. If they've got a lot on their plate, consider taking on some of their least-liked tasks to help lighten the load.
Make a relaxation schedule
It might seem counterintuitive, but for many busy people, the only way to ensure that you've got time to relax is to commit to a schedule. Schedule your chill time just like any other appointment. Before you know it, relaxation will become a part of your daily routine.
Why We Love National Relaxation Day
It boosts your mood
Stress is a killer and it can wreak havoc on your state of mind. Relaxation is a great way to relieve stress and improve your mood.
Get a good night's rest
Life can get intense. If your day has you feeling nervous, anxious or fearful, sometimes it's hard to fall asleep. Take some time to relax before bed with a glass of milk, a good book or some chamomile tea. Your body will thank you for it in the morning.
It keeps you healthy
Illness is significantly more common when you're under stress. By getting your chill on, you're also reducing trips to the doctor's office.