Whether you just want to beat the August heat, or if you’re trying to totally escape reality, here are 6 proven ways to help you relax & unwind just in time for #NationalRelaxationDay!
Take a Power Nap
Napping isn’t just for babies… According to research, napping has major benefits, regardless of age! Taking a quick ‘power nap’ leads to increased patience, reduced levels of stress, improved reaction time, increased learning, more efficiency, & better overall health. Additionally, studies show that sleeping for 20 minutes in the afternoon is much more restful than hitting snooze for an extra 20 minutes in the morning. Many people naturally experience an increase in drowsiness in the afternoon, which just goes to prove that our bodies are actually designed for napping! Go ahead & give in to your natural instincts to indulge in a 20 minute afternoon power nap - After all, it is #NationalRelaxationDay...
Take a Bath
Taking a bath before bedtime does more than just keeping you fresh & clean… Baths relax your muscles, help to calm your mind, stimulate circulation, & keep your skin moisturized, despite summer fun in the sun! Believe us - your muscles & skin will thank you!
We’ve already discussed the relaxing properties of taking a bath, but have you ever considered taking a ‘forest bath’ before? ‘Forest bathing’ is the practice of spending time in a wooded area, & has been proven to be beneficial for your mind, body & spirit. If you’re looking for a way to de-stress, consider becoming one with nature. After all, spending a little more time outside does have some pretty amazing health benefits...
Unplug from Electronics
Try taking some time off from *unnecessary* electronic usage this evening. Regular, late night computer use is proven to lead to symptoms of stress & depression in both men & women. Additionally, blue light from TV & computer screens can lead to sleep disorders - it affects melatonin production & throws off your circadian rhythms, preventing you from getting the deep, restorative sleep your body needs to perform at peak levels.
Order in Dinner
Take a night off for a change… After all, the last thing most people want to do after working all day is come home to cook dinner. Don’t worry about picking up groceries on your way home. Instead, plan to order in dinner from your favorite local restaurant. Pro tip: Ask for plastic silverware so cleanup will be even more of a breeze!
Hang out with Your BFF
What better way to de-stress after a long day at the office than spending some time with your bestie?! Did you know that spending time with friends has been scientifically proven to lower your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Better yet, friends make us laugh & laughter is good for us! Laughing improves our mood, reduces stress & even helps to boost our immune systems. Get together with a friend who makes you laugh & your body will thank you!