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Mark National Relaxation Day (August 15), on your calendars! This day serves as a reminder to take it easy. Making time for relaxation is not only beneficial for mood, but also has long-term benefits. Stress can cause of many common illnesses; simply knowing how to relax is a useful tool in maintaining good health. Check out five tips on relaxing to make celebrating this holiday a breeze:
Take your lunch outside
Studies show, being in nature or even the view of nature can reduce stress, fear and anger. Whether it is a forest or a park, nature can provide a soothing escape to help improve your mood. Findings have discovered that being active in a natural environment at least once a week is sufficient for positive benefits. If you can’t make time to go out for a walk, go outside for a daily activity you would otherwise do inside to get your weekly dose of nature.
Recreate five-star relaxation at home
Don’t have the money or time to visit a luxury spa? Recreate a spa experience in the comfort of your own home! Make homemade exfoliating scrubs or facemasks with ingredients you likely already have in your household. After you’ve applied your homemade mask or scrub, put on soothing music and find a cozy corner. Check out these ideas gathered by Glamour, which are both practical and inexpensive!
Break up a workweek with a movie night
Instead of going straight home from work after a long day, try passing by the theatre to catch a movie. The shift in schedule will break up a mundane week schedule, adding something new to look forward to or reflect on after. With new releases weekly, it’s hard to run out of movies to watch. Save 25% off for Regal Entertainment Group ePremiere Tickets and $3 off popcorn and soft drink combo. Learn more here.
Don’t underestimate the power of a deep breath
Bring your attention to your breathing. Focus on expanding and contracting your lungs to their full capacity for a couple of deep breathes for the next minute. This mindfulness and attention brought to your breath is exactly what yogis practice to become in tune with their bodies and stay present in their practice. While shallow breathing stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and is a marker of stress, deep breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which gives the opposite effect – makes you feel calm. A couple deep breathes throughout the day, are all it takes to feel the benefits. Best of all, you can take this tool with you where ever you go!
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