This Saturday, August 15, is National Relaxation Day. When it falls during the work week this unofficial holiday is a good excuse to take it easy for a day. But even though it falls on the weekend this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t still implement some relaxation techniques. In honor of National Relaxation Day, and to help improve your mental health, promise yourself you won’t let things stress you out on Saturday. Here are three tips to help you relax. And they can be used any day you feel a need to de-stress.
Take some deep cleansing breaths. According to WebMD, “Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth.
“‘Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure,’ psychologist Judith Tutin, PhD, says. She’s a certified life coach in Rome, GA.”
Drink some chamomile tea. For centuries chamomile has been known for its relaxing properties. Get up from wherever you have parked yourself with your Kindle or Tablet (and stretching in the middle of the day isn’t a bad idea), pour yourself some hot water and infuse the water with some chamomile tea.
Write a New Script. WebMD suggests using guided imagery, also known as creative visualization, when you find yourself in a stressful situation.
“This technique helps you imagine things unfolding as you want them to. First, banish the negative thoughts and scripts in your head. Next, let the scene of a successful meeting or review by your boss play out just as you would like it to go.”
What relaxation techniques work for you? We’d love to hear.