Happy #NationalRelaxationDay! Yes, that really is a thing…or at least is is on Twitter and Facebook. And far be it for us to ignore a social-media mandate to take it easy for a day. In today’s fast-paced world, we could surely all use a break. Of course, relaxation may mean something different to each of us. What does it mean to you? Is it taking a day off from work, or the decision to set your phone to Airplane Mode for a few hours? An extra yoga class, or some quality time lounging on the sofa watching Netflix? Could it be ignoring your to-do list this afternoon, or ignoring the rest of the world in favor of a family event? Any one of these could make a positive impact on your sense of wellbeing.
All that said, unwinding doesn’t come naturally when your stress levels are through the roof. So if you need a few suggestions to get you started, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re ready for baby steps or a giant leap, you’ll find the most helpful relaxation techniques for you in the articles rounded up below. Imagine your anxiety melting away as you read about turning off push notifications on your phone, working less yet accomplishing more in the office, finding some peace and quiet to connect with nature, and learning to take a cleansing yogic breath. Plus, explore a bevy of other, science-backed methods for taking advantage of National Relaxation Day.
Now, stop stressing and go pamper yourself!
- 7 Ways to Unplug for a While
- How to Do Nothing at Work
- Find a Moment of Stillness
- How to Take the Full Yogic Breath
- 15 Simple Ways to Relax, According to Scientists (via Business Insider)
- How You Can Learn to Finally, Really Relax (via Lifehacker)
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