Happy National Relaxation Day! While most other holidays are about actively celebrating, today is all about giving yourself a break, slowing down, relaxing, rejuvenating, and unwinding. Spend some time alone. Maybe even (gasp!) shut your phone off…yeah, I said it. Making time to relax is so important for our health – both mental and physical.

Enjoying lifeSo, how do you relax? Sometimes it’s hard when we’re so used to going a mile a minute. Today, it’s a must, an order. Here are some relaxing suggestions:

  • Sit still and take 10 deep breaths.
  • Play. Just play, whatever that means for you (go to a class you love, paint a picture, walk the beach, get out on the water, go for a hike, build a sandcastle, or even go to the playground and swing on the swings.)
  • Lie in the sun.
  • Take a bubble bath or long shower.
  • Snuggle up and read a good book or watch your favorite movie/show.
  • Go to the spa or do an at-home spa treatment.
  • Get a massage or a pedicure.
  • Listen to music. Just listen, don’t multi-task.
  • Take a nap.
  • Meditate. Or try this gratitude exercise.
  • Cook a meal and eat it slowly, enjoy every bite.
  • Organize/de-clutter your house/office and make a to-do list.
  • Take the dog (or yourself) for a long walk.
  • Pick fresh flowers.
  • Do some yoga.
  • Dance, just dance.
  • Light a candle.
  • Enjoy a glass of wine.

One Healthy Breakdown: unwinding is just as important as getting things done, allow yourself this gift today and everyday!

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