National Relaxation Day: 7 Ways to Celebrate
Thank goodness there is a day dedicated fully to relaxation. It’s so important to take time for yourself to nurture your body, mind, and spirit. If you don’t take time to de-stress your body will suffer as well as your relationships. Relaxation isn’t always about being alone, quiet, and still. It’s about doing anything that makes you happy and takes your mind off of the daily grind. Here are some recommendations for how to celebrate national relaxation day this year:
1. Take a hike
Being in nature is one of the best ways to rejuvenate and revitalize your body and mind. Research shows that there is a “positive psychological response to nature that involves feelings of pleasure, sustained attention or interest, ‘relaxed wakefulness’ and diminution of negative emotions, such as anger and anxiety”.
2. Go for a float
Here in the PNW, there are endless bodies of water to toss an inflatable tube in and float away your worries. “Being around water gives our brains and our senses a rest from over-stimulation…When we’re near, on, in or under water, we get a cognitive break because there’s simply less information coming in. Our brains don’t shut down — they keep working, but in a different way”.
3. String up a hammock
Lying in a hammock is the epitome of relaxation, and is highly recommended for National Relaxation Day. Grab a book, music and headphones, a furry friend, or whatever you need to escape reality for a bit and gently rock away the stresses of the everyday life.
4. Be creative
Paint, cook, garden; whatever your preferred creative outlet is, do that! Hobbies take our mind off of our anxieties and stresses and focus our energy on something positive and pleasurable. Make National Relaxation Day fun, productive, and relaxing by letting those creative juices flow!
Although this might sound like work, helping others and being selfless takes our minds off of our own stresses and focuses our minds on positivity and generosity. Studies have already shown the benefits of volunteering on our mental health but now “A growing body of evidence suggests that people who give their time to others might also be rewarded with better physical health—including lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan.”
6. Wellness check
Get a massage, meditate, or do yoga; tune in to your core and perform a wellness check by doing any of these activities. The physical and mental benefits of personal wellness activities are virtually endless. Opt for an aromatherapy enhanced massage and reap multiple relaxation benefits all at once.
Want to celebrate National Relaxation Day with others? Hit up a local brunch spot for mimosas, eggs, crepes, and good conversation. Spending time with good friends and good food is always the perfect way to de-stress and recharge. Check out some of Seattle’s best brunch spots here.
How will you be celebrating National Relaxation Day?