We are all worry about our relationships, money, our health, work, our family's health, and pretty much anything else we care about that we have absolutely no control over. Well no need to worry today, it's National Relaxation Day! While getting to a state of zen is actually easier said than done, it's super important for our well being and self-growth to pause and relieve stress.
That being said, the 532 emails in your work inbox can wait and the dry cleaning can get picked up tomorrow, today is about complete and utter leisure. We've rounded up 40 ways for you to truly let it go and unwind.
40 ways to relax right now
40 ways to drop everything and enjoy National Relaxation Day
Go on a run, take a class, scope out YouTube for workouts, dance to your favorite song, literally anything to get the blood in your body flowing.
Listen to music
We all have a playlist set for when we want a boost or just feel some sort of relieve. It's time to turn up that playlist and not care who hears.
Figure out the cause of your stress
Whether it be your job, your relationship, your friends, your family, it's almost inhuman to say things don't get overwhelming once in a while. Figure out the main cause of your stress and make decisions going forward on how to delete it from your life.
We are only given one life to live. So it's important to take time from all things hectic and just BREATHE.
Get your grub on
There are foods that can specifically target your stress and ensure you feel better as you consume it.
Make a list
Sometimes a little organization is all you need to think straight.
The saying is true! Laughter IS the best medicine. Get tickets to a comedy show, watch a comedy special, or spend 20 minutes watching Vines, you'll surely laugh out loud and relieve some stress.
Learn to say "no"
Putting yourself first is really important when it comes balancing your mind, body, and soul. Learn to say no because true friends/boyfriends/girlfriends will understand.
Call a friend
Catching up with an old friend is the perfect way to feel more relaxed. Not only do you catch up with their lives, but they catch up with yours. Venting is great for stress relief.
Take a hot shower
A hot shower can really do wonders. This is your time to unwind and let all your stress go down the drain.
Give yourself a hand massage
No time? No problem! Give yourself a hand massage. This relief of tension is especially good if you work using a keyboard everyday.
Acupressure is a kind of touch therapy that works by balancing the circulation of fluids and energies in the body. Use the thumb and forefinger to massage the soft area between the thumb and index finger of the other hand. Dab on some lavender oil for extra relaxation. (via Greatist)
Rub your feet over a golf ball
Leave the clubs at home and just bring the ball. You can get an impromptu relaxing foot massage by rubbing your feet back and forth over a golf ball. (via Greatist)
Brush Your Hair
Really, it looks like a rat’s nest. Even if you’ve already done your 100 strokes for the day, repetitive motions such as running a brush through your hair, washing dishes, or knitting can cause the body to relax. (via Greatist)
Find the Sun
Here comes the sun—and some stress relief. If it’s a sunny day, head outside for an easy way to lift your spirits. Bright light can be an effective treatment for people who suffer from depression, and can even cheer up otherwise healthy folks. (via Greatist)
A stack of papers, three tape dispensers, a bunch of misshapen paperclips: All this clutter could be contributing to stress. Take a few minutes to reorganize your desk (or table, or wherever you are), leaving just what you need on top. (via Greatist)
Standing up for a quick stretch can relieve muscle tension and help us relax during a stressful workday. Why not try a shoulder roll-out or a chest-opening stretch right from the desk chair? (via Greatist)
Do a Crossword Puzzle
Number 10 across: Anxious, overwhelmed, or freaking out (seven letters). If you guessed “Stressed,” you’re in good shape to try some crossword puzzles. Brain games that require lots of concentration can help take our mind off whatever’s worrying us. (via Greatist)
It takes just a minute to drip some lavender, tea tree, or another essential oil into your palm and inhale. The soothing scents may help send stress and anxiety packing by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions. (via Greatist)
Nose Full of Coffee
Wake up and smell the latte. Just the odor of coffee can help reduce stress hormones—no sipping required . (Just be sure not to burn the tip of your nose.) (via Greatist)
Cuddle with a pet
A boyfriend or girlfriend is okay, but they’re (usually) not furry enough. After a rough day, snuggle up with a pet for an instant slobbery smile, since pets can boost self-esteem and even ease the sting of social rejection. (via Greatist)
Enjoy a cup of tea
Grab a box of tea bags at your local dollar store so you have them on hand when you feel inclined to relax. You can even grab a decorative tea cup while you are there to enjoy it in. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Buy some scented lotion at your local dollar store and take the time to lotion up. It will help ease muscle aches and the aroma will allow you to relax. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Read a book
Download one of the many available free eBooks to your Kindle or eReader. When you need a few minutes to relax, you will have one on hand to enjoy. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Write in a journal
Buy a decorative notebook at your local dollar store so you can jot down thoughts and worries. Putting them on paper will help clear your mind and put you at ease. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Arrange some flowers
Go outside and pick an assortment of blooms. Take the time to care for them and arrange them in a vase. It will make you feel creative and relaxed. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Paint your nails
Grab an inexpensive bottle of nail polish and treat yourself to a manicure. It will feel great and help you look great too! (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Dust your home
Some people feel relaxed when they clean. Grab a duster and go to town! Not only will you feel better, but your home will look better too. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Blowing bubbles can help you to relax naturally. So grab a bottle and blow bubbles just like you did when you were a kid. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Watch a favorite movie
Is there a movie you can’t get enough of? Push play and enjoy it. Let yourself sink into the couch and get lost in the flick. You can even rent one for around $1 from RedBox or stream from Netflix. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
The smell of home baked cookies or cake can be quite relaxing. Grab an inexpensive box mix or your favorite recipe and whip up a batch for your family to enjoy. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Digging in the dirt can be relaxing. Take a few minutes to plant some bulbs or seeds. Your dollar store should have a nice selection. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Play with make up
Take a few minutes to play with make up. Put on lipstick, blush, and try some different shadow colors. You will feel beautiful and the self pampering is therapeutic. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Enjoy a fire
Make a bonfire or a fire in your fireplace. If you don’t have either of these things, light a candle. Focus on the light and let the aroma relax you and help you unwind. (via Premeditated Leftovers)
Turn off the lights
Sometimes it’s just too bright where you are, and turning off the lights can help you think, and help your mind relax. This is even more true when the sun has gone down, or if you’re pulling a late night. Having artificial lights on takes you out of the circadian rhythm and can make you feel more stressed for longer periods of time. Using fluorescent lights can be very draining, and this can also lead to increased feelings of overwhelm. You don’t have to go to sleep, but being in the dark can help you calm down, relax, and focus your thoughts more clearly on your desired outcome. (via Bembu)
If you’re having problems in one area of your life, it can be therapeutic to fix something in an unrelated area. It can be anything, from a leaking faucet to other minor home repairs, or even a relationship with someone that’s been a bit rocky lately.(via Bembu)
Use baoding balls
You’ve probably seen these before in movies, but they really exist, and they’re supposed to help you destress and feel more at peace. The beauty is that you don’t really have to do anything special in order to use them, just holding them in your hands gets the job done. (via Bembu)
Unplug the TV
Even though watching your favorite TV show might help to relieve your stress, it’s going to be packed with commercials advertising foods and products that you don’t really need, and that will just make you feel worse. If you really want to watch your show, consider getting a Netflix subscription so you can bypass all of the ads and just watch what you want to watch. (via Bembu)
Read a biography
Choose someone you look up to, someone that you would consider a mentor if you had access to them personally, and read about their life. Undoubtedly there will be a section or sections on how they overcame a difficult situation to reach success. (via Bembu)
Learn a new language
But seriously, anything that helps the brain to grow and develop will help it cope with what it’s presented with in your day to day life. In the short term it’s a way to get your mind off of what is stressing you out. (via Bembu)
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