Get ready for National Relaxation Day!


A very famous bear once said 'Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something' and thats exactly what National Relaxation Day is about.

National Relaxation Day on August 15th encourages us to slow down and unwind. It’s a day to focus on taking care of ourselves and take a moment to relax.

National Relaxation Day is an important day as we all need a break from the fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles we live. Taking time to recuperate and rejuvenate our tired minds and bodies may help to prevent many health risks, too. Like the founder of this day suggested, too much work can make us sick, run-down, tired and that’s just wrong.

He was SO right though! It has been proven that stress can be harmful to our health, both mentally and physically. Most doctors will agree that finding ways to relax and finding ways to reduce stress will improve overall health.

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It doesn’t always have to be a full on meditation or mindfulness session. We’re talking about taking time to switch off and refuel your batteries.

Here’s some great ways to relax:

  • Reading a book
  • Fishing with a friend
  • A picnic in the park
  • Walking along the beach
  • Taking a drive in the country
  • Golfing
  • Photography
  • A movie
  • Window shopping
  • Lunch with friend
  • Drinks with friend
  • Watching sport
  • Swimming
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So, take a deep breath, unwind while viewing your favourite TV show, or just find a quiet spot in a park and enjoy the summer breeze. Use #NationalRelaxationDay to post on social media and spread the word.

You can read more about how to relax in our popular blog series starting here.

How did National Relaxation Day begin?

Sean Moeller founded National Relaxation Day in the USA in 1985 as a fourth-grader.  In an interview with Valerie Monson in The Des Moines Register, Sean suggested people shouldn’t do anything of real value.  Cleaning and real work are not part of relaxation.

How will you be spending National Relaxation Day this year? Share your ideas below!

Andrew R
Author: Andrew R