National Relaxation Day 2018

Today is National Relaxation Day! That’s right. There is a whole day dedicated to relaxing! So after your long day, get home and do just that; relax. If you don’t often relax or forgot how with the busyness of life; take a look at our top 5 tips for relaxation.

Go ahead – sit back, relax, and enjoy!

  1. Create a “5 senses toolkit” to carry with you so you can relax anywhere, anytime. For example, create a playlist of your favorite relaxing songs, or carry a vial of calming essential oil such as lavender.
  2. Get a massage. If you can’t afford a massage, here’s what you can do…locate your favorite pressure points. There is one between your thumb and index finger, just press there, or roll your foot over a golf ball. You can also press your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
  3. Watch YouTube videos of laughing babies or funny cat videos – we know this sounds silly, but these two subjects have been shown in recent research to raise serotonin levels in the brain.
  4. Close your eyes and for 5 minutes, imagine yourself at your favorite destination – it can be one you’ve visited before or one that is on your bucket list.
  5. Just breathe! Practice and use tactical breathing, either as needed or as a preventive measure to promote optimal oxygen levels in the bloodstream: 4 counts in through the nose, hold for 4 counts and exhale through the mouth for 4 counts. Repeat, repeat, repeat!

Tips provided by AltaPointe’s BayView Professional Associates‘ therapist, Barbara Leigh LPC-S, NCC

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