Relaxation Day is coming up on August 15th! Here are some good ways that you can de-stress and unwind:
The practice of yoga involves stretching the body and forming different poses, while keeping breathing slow and controlled. The body becomes relaxed and energized at the same time. Meditation is a popular technique used in yoga to de-stress the body and mind.
Laughter is the best medicine. Laughter relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system, and triggers the release of feel-good endorphins. Some ways to bring humor and laughter into your life are watching your favorite comedies, listening to stand-up comedians or going to comedy shows and playing with children.
3. Spa Day
4. Listening to Music
5. Spending Time with Pets
Research supports the mood-enhancing benefits of pets. Your furry friends are great companions and they can provide excellent social support and stress relief when you need it most. If you don’t own a pet, try borrowing a friend’s for an hour to take on a walk and play with.
According to a Gallup study, 40% of Americans get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation has a negative effect on our mood and can make us irritable. People who are under constant stress tend to have more trouble sleeping. Going to bed an extra hour or two earlier each night can have a drastic effect on mood and stress levels.