Summer is the perfect time for some R&R. National Relaxation Day is August 15th, and we believe that relaxation is the key ingredient in staying both happy and healthy. The day was founded all the way back in 1985 by Sean Moeller, who wanted to remind people about the importance of taking the time to slow things down and relax.
If you’re looking for a few ways to boost your mood and relax, here are some suggestions.
- Listening to music: Not only is music a calming presence, it’s also a great way to reduce stress and even lower your blood pressure.
- Going for a swim: Whether it’s at the public pool or your local gym, swimming is a low-impact exercise that will both cool you off and raise your self-esteem.
- Pick up gardening. Studies show that a hobby such as gardening can help improve your mood, and spending the day in the fresh air surrounded by nature is always recommended.
- Reading a book: Reading gives your brain a workout and is especially good for melting away stress. If you like reading in bed, try using Riter’s Real-Ease Neck Support, as it holds the head up which reduces strain on the neck muscles.
- Plan a picnic: Surrounding yourself with great people and a basket of healthy, delicious food will toss all of your worries to the side and help put things in perspective.
- Go to the movies: Spending a couple of hours in a dark, air-conditioned room is the perfect escape from all of your problems – and a great way to spend some time with family!
Another way to achieve long-lasting comfort and relaxation is through neutral posture. Spine-friendly furniture such as the Human Touch Perfect Chair allow you to easily sink into neutral posture to help you fully relax and decompress. By properly aligning our body, our bones, rather than our muscles, are supporting our weight. This is our bodies preferred state.
At Relax The Back, we understand the importance of staying happy, healthy and comfortable. This National Relaxation Day, make sure to set aside some time for yourself and enjoy the day!
Life is all about balance. While productive work days and extracurricular activities can improve certain aspects of life, oftentimes, these busy and productive days can lead to increased stress and anxiety. Stress takes a toll on one’s overall health and wellbeing. From depression and irritability to physical pain such as dizziness, nausea, and chest pain, stress can present itself in many different ways.
It is important to make time for yourself to relax. Allowing for downtime will reduce the harmful effects of stress, help you avoid burnout and fatigue, and relieve built up tension.
With National Relaxation Day occurring on August 15th, we want to provide a few simple ways that you can de-stress and relax. Whichever way you decide to relax, use this time to fully unwind, recharge, and refocus.
- Read: Take a break from a busy day to sit back in your favorite chair with a book or magazine.
- Exercise: Physical activity can lift spirits and help beat stress. Try yoga, Pilates, or running.
- Listen to music: Whether it’s classical, country, or top 40, listening (and singing) to your favorite song can improve your mood.
- Meditate: Silent meditation has shown to relieve stress and depression.
- Massage: Headaches, muscle tension, and stress are often linked together. Massage can release tense muscles to help you feel more relaxed.
- Get in touch with your creative side: Color, paint, and calligraphy, have become popular ways to unwind and relax.
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Most pain relief treatments often ignore or pay little attention to psychological factors, so in honor of yesterday being National Relaxation Day, Relax The Back wants to highlight a few basic relaxation techniques to help bring you back into balance. We understand that when hectic lifestyles and debilitating pain get you down, it can be difficult to abide by the conventional wisdom of staying positive for a speedy recovery. Here are some simple techniques you can practice to help improve your state of mind:
- Take deep breaths – Inhale so that your abdomen or lower belly expands. If you notice your chest rising, this is indicative of shallow breathing. Start over, breathe in, and fill your lungs from the bottom to the top.
- Visualization – Imagine your peaceful place as vividly as you can, trying to engage all of your senses. Visually walk around the scene, hearing the noises, smelling the flora, feeling the air, etc. Even if you don’t have the luxury to physically get away, you can give your mind a change of pace by practicing visualization.
- Body Scan – Lie on your back, arms relaxed by your side, eyes open or closed. Engage in deep breathing to relax and turn your focus to every inch of your body, starting at your right foot and slowly working your way up your right side to the tip of your head and back down the left. Pay attention to any tense muscles or pain, and observe how your body feels.
- Music – Listen to your favorite song to turn your attitude around or a calming tune with a slow tempo to align your heartbeat. Classical tunes and artists with soothing voices help do the trick. Visit our Facebook page for song suggestions every Monday that are sure to put you in a good mood or help you relax.
- Self-Massage – When your crazy schedule leaves you no time for a visit to a massage therapist, give yourself a massage using out best-selling Theracane or the Dolphin Lite Handheld Massager. A self-massage can help you release tension and relax without hurting your wallet.
Take the time to find what techniques work for you. It only takes a few minutes to refocus your attention, but you’ll be reaping the benefits for far longer when you’re in a healthy state of mind.