Tuesday, August 14, 2012

National Relaxation Day

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By Diane Forrest

I read recently that women are having as many heart attacks as men these days, and that heart attacks are more frequent at a younger age.  Lifestyle and heredity account for most of this, but included in the lifestyle is the amount of stress in our lives. Though stress is normal, too much of this feeling can be harmful to your physical and mental health.

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For those us with a hectic lifestyle, Relaxation Day is a day to look forward to. It provides a break from the madness of your busy work and personal schedule. Today is the day to enjoy either doing absolutely nothing, or partaking in your favorite relaxation activity.

According to holidayinsights.com here are some of the Top Ten ideas to enjoy on Relaxation Day:
  1. Do nothing today
  2. Go to a Spa
  3. Go fishing
  4. Play a round of golf (caution: not always relaxing)
  5. Lounge around in a hammock
  6. Take a bubble bath
  7. Spend the day at the beach
  8. Go to the movies
  9. Do a little gardening (no heavy duty work, though)
  10. Have a picnic in the park

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I recently had a friend who had an abnormally high blood pressure.  Some of the relaxation techniques I gave him were to lie down with his eyes closed, take slow deep breaths, think of something calming, such as ocean waves, or a waterfall.  Then dangle his arms, relax his fingers and move to each part of his body, concentrating on relaxing his muscles.   Light some scented candles, such as lavender to help relax the senses, and take the phone off the hook and take some time for yourself.    These techniques are also effective if you are experiencing pain, and are trying to ease the pain with another method  instead of pain medication.

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Today is National Relaxation Day.  So kick back, take your shoes off, put your feet up and rest your body and your mind.

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