I have an amusing book called “The Bathroom Trivia Almanac” and, yes, it sits in a prominent place in one of my bathrooms…there for reading material when needed. 🙂 It actually has some interesting facts and fun information in it…just like a regular almanac. It has a pretty maroon hardcover too, with bright gold lettering!
Yesterday, I happened to pick it up and looked ahead to today and was surprised to see that today, August 15th, is National Relaxation Day. How about that? A designated day to Relax! I have no idea who declared August 15th the National Day to Relax…but let’s take what we can get.
Now, most of us do not have the luxury of taking the day off…but if you can…you have a good excuse. Take the day and let yourself Relax and Rejuvenate. Maybe change your plans and spend the day in dial down mode…give yourself that gift.
For the rest of us, if we can’t take the day off…we can still get some Relaxing in, which is good for the soul. Take a lunch break and go sit at a park instead of eating at your desk. Take a walk around the block, or even sit in your car. Take some long deep core breaths and let the stress and tension within flow out with the breath and feel yourself Relax. Those deep, core breaths where you breath in, take the air in past your chest, all the way down to your belly, even push it out a little with that breath…and then release it in a long, slow exhale. Feel all that pent up stress just flow out of you and give you relief. Even a few minutes of this can change your entire day and/or attitude. And, even if you can’t “get away”, sit at your desk, or in the bathroom stall, close your eyes, and imagine you are on a sandy beach listening to the waves kiss the shore, and take some of those deep breaths, releasing your stress and worry, if even for a few minutes.
You will be amazed at the difference it will make in your day. And remember too…you don’t have to wait for National Relaxation Day to do this. Do it every day, and increase your quality of life a little bit each day. It adds up!