Today marks National Relaxation Day. Relaxation is just as crucial to a successful life as hard work is, and it’s something that should be commemorated. According to the Brain Research Institute at the American Institute of Stress, 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. Time to relax!
While you may be working on this day, do what you can to avoid stress and try not to work too late into the night. If your job requires you to be on call all hours, schedule some time just as you would an appointment for yourself. Take a mini ‘mental vacation’ from your work and make it worthwhile by implementing something to help you de-stress and relax.
Benefits of relaxation:
It betters your mood
Stress can have disastrous effects, and it generally has a negative effect on state of mind. Relaxation is a great way to relieve stress, and it almost always leads to an improvement in mood.*
It helps with a better night’s rest
Life can get intense. If your day has you feeling nervous, anxious, or fearful, it’ll be hard getting a good night’s rest, even if you manage to fall asleep. Take some time to relax before bed for a better night’s sleep.*
It helps to keep you healthy
Illness is significantly more common amongst people who report stress, so by getting your chill on, you’re also limiting your trips to the doctor’s office.*
Find something you enjoy to help you relax. Here are some ideas:
Dinner with friends
Go for a bike ride
Listen to or play music (Find a playlist at the bottom of this post)
Painting or drawing
Read a book
Take a drive
Visit a park
Walk the dog
Walk along the beach
Watch a movie
Unplug from your devices – Check out this TED Talk by Adam Alter: Why our screens make us less happy
Even if you don’t have time for a round of golf or massage, it’s easier to relax knowing that CRS Temporary Housing’s delightful customer service is always there if you need it.
Here’s a great playlist for while you’re at work, updated regularly: