August 15th is National Relaxation Day. It is time to slow down, unwind and relax!

This recognized day is a great way to break from the fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles we live and rejuvenate our tired minds and bodies. Stress has been proven harmful to our health, both mentally and physically, so taking time to recuperate is a must. Below are seven ways to decompress and take care of yourself on National Relaxation Day. 

Take a walk: When you get outside and step away from busy urban areas or crowded streets, you allow your mind to relax and recharge. If you find yourself spending too much time at your office desk, make sure to get out for lunch and take a walk and clear your mind with the positive distractions of nature.

Picnic in the park: Pack a picnic and spend the day outside with family and friends. Enjoying the nature and wildlife in your community while indulging in a delicious meal. For an even more relaxing experience, plan your meals ahead of time or purchase already prepared foods. 

Exercise: Yoga, running, and swimming are some of the best ways to calm the mind. Also, it will tire your body out so you can relax for the rest of the day. If you prefer to be on the water, try kayaking or canoeing—both are great ways to get some exercise while also enjoying your surroundings. 

Fire up the BBQ: Love cooking, but never have the time for it? Set the day aside to fix yourself a gourmet feast. Even better, spend the afternoon outside and BBQ. Get creative and try grilled pizza, oysters or watermelon. Then, sit back and enjoy your meal. You earned it! 

Head to the water: Grab something that floats and head to your local beach, river or pool. The sound of moving water is zen and relaxing, and you’ll have plenty of time to relax as you peacefully float around.

Go to the spa: Massage therapy is a relaxing and stress-reducing option when you are in need of some “me-time.” Not only can massage therapy help with muscle relaxation, but it also helps to relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and raise energy levels. 

Spend time with family and friends: More laughter in your life means less stress. Laughter releases endorphins, which have been proved to create a positive state of mind and boost optimism, self-confidence, and feelings of self-worth. Spend time with the people closest to you and you will feel less stressed in no time. 

Take a deep breath and unwind on August 15th. No matter how you choose to celebrate National Relaxation Day, remember to take time for yourself, enjoy the activities you like most and spend the day happy and stress free.