National Relaxation Day – August

relaxation dayThe key to succeeding with a fast-paced lifestyle is to know what your values and goals are and work towards them.

Unfortunately, one of the essential areas that we neglect is time for ourself. If we do not take care of our physical and mental needs, we will not be in a position to achieve our other life’s goals.

If we do not make our health a priority, by utilizing relaxation techniques, we are not in a position to achieve our current goals, look after those who are depending on us, or live the life we see for ourselves in our future.

One of the quotes that I love to use is:

How thin can I spread myself before I no longer exist?’

So where can you start? Many of us have workplace coverage for massage therapy. In our Harness Your Energy – Bust Your Stress workshop, I often get asked how can massage be an important component to maintaining mental health?

We know that a massage feels good – physically. Stress causes the blood vessels to constrict and this reduced circulation causes the muscles to become tense and sore. This decreased circulation to our brain also hinders our ability to focus, problem-solve and be productive.

Massage can increase circulation by manually applying pressure and movement, it stimulates nerve receptors causing the blood vessels to dilate, it increase oxygen capacity, loosens muscles, and increases the body’s secretions. Not only do we become more focused and productive after a great massage, but during the massage it takes you out of the hectic pace and forces you to be still. Your mind is allowed to relax so that it can gear up when needed.

 

Beverly’s Hot Tip for National Relaxation Day:

Go out and treat yourself to a relaxing massage.

 

If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!

 

Additional Resources:

National Relaxation Day Infographic

Stress Facts

Relaxation Day Article

Quiet Day

National Massage Therapy Awareness Week

 

 

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Written by Beverly Beuermann-King

Building Resiliency Through Stress and Wellness Strategies. Stress and resiliency strategist, Beverly Beuermann-King, CSP, translates current research and best practices information into a realistic, accessible and more practical approach through her dynamic stress and wellness workshops, on-line stress and resiliency articles, books, e-briefs and media interviews.

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