Did you know that once a year, you can forget about everything stressing you out, put your feet up, and relax without feeling guilty? Yes, that's right! August 15 is known as National Relaxation Day, a day to unwind and practice self-care.
If you read our recent blog post, you'll know that getting good sleep every night has many health benefits that will improve your well-being. Aside from great sleep, relaxation also elevates your enjoyment of life so it's definitely something you should prioritize.
But what exactly does rest and relaxation mean to you? You don't have to just lie on the couch, eat your favorite comfort food, and binge-watch Netflix shows. There are many ways to rest and relax your way to a better, healthier life.
Here are some ideas for National Relaxation Day to help alleviate stress and anxiety.
Surround Yourself With Nature
Studies have shown that spending time in nature is a good way to deal with stress. Check out a not-too-difficult hiking trail (one with a waterfall is best), take a walk on the beach, or stroll around a garden. Don't feel like moving? There's no need to! "Spending time outdoors" doesn't have to mean going on a hike. You can just sit down in a park, bask in the sunshine, and admire the natural scenery.
The idea that nature can calm you down makes perfect sense, since nature is peaceful and serene compared to a loud, busy city. Plants also produce oxygen, which will make it easier for you to breathe in fresh air and rejuvenate your lungs.
Indulge in Stress-Relieving Foods
Many types of food are rich in nutrients that can help you deal with the demands of life. For instance, yogurt, dark chocolate, and brazil nuts all have flavonoids, antioxidants, and good bacteria known for their ability to lower anxiety and stress levels. You can also drink your way to less stress by washing down tasty food with green tea or a cup of caffeine-free turmeric latte.
There is a lot of evidence showing the relaxing and calming effects of meditation. Meditation can help increase your ability to focus, remain calm during stressful situations, and sleep better. Meditation also has many other benefits, such as making people less angry, more compassionate, and more aware of their surroundings. Over time, the effects can lead to better sleep, weight loss, and improved relationships with other people.
Listen to Classical Music
According to scientific studies, listening to classical music can lower your heart rate, stress hormones, and blood pressure. Typically, classical music sounds elegant, not overtly intense or aggressive. Check some out, even if it's not your regular musical preference.
Of course, classical music is a wide genre and there are songs that are not necessarily soothing, so pick carefully. Choose a playlist of music that creates serene mental images, such as a serene elevator ride or fancy dinner at a fine dining restaurant. If you have to finish work, listening to classical music while doing your tasks can help alleviate any stress or tension that may arise.
Cannabidiol (CBD) can help lower stress by making the body produce more anandamide, which is an endocannabinoid that controls and regulates mood. CBD has also been shown to increase serotonin, a hormone that can make you feel calmer and less anxious. Additionally, having high levels of cortisol in your body due to poor sleep habits or chronic stress worsens inflammation. CBD can act as an anti-inflammatory, helping you relax and alleviate tension from the worries and stresses of everyday life.
From CBD oil and creams to gummies, there are many ways to indulge in the sense of relaxation that CBD offers. Verma Farms is well known for making quality CBD products that are inspired by Hawaii and made with hemp grown in the United States.
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End the Day Early With With a Good Night’s Sleep
Getting a good night's sleep has immediate benefits you'll feel the next day, such as making you more focused, alert, and optimistic. All of these will make it easier for you to find a little more joy, peace, and quiet in your daily life.
Don't turn on any screens right before bedtime if you want to go to sleep on time. That means you shouldn't use TVs, phones, or computers. Instead, try reading a book to lull yourself to sleep and dream all the worries away.