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Slackers or relaxers?

Today is national relaxation day.

When I saw there was a national relaxation day, I started giggling because the post online stated it was not to be confused with national slackers’ day which is the comparable day in Great Britain!

What's funny about that is many of us think of relaxation as just slacking off. We forget how important taking some time to relax is for our health.

Allowing ourselves time to relax is healing. I read the following quote to the Saturday yoga class that my sister, Lauren, and I taught yesterday:

“To protect your energy…

It’s okay to cancel a commitment.

It’s okay not to answer a call.

It’s okay to change your mind.

It’s okay to want to be alone.

It’s okay to take a day off.

It’s okay to do nothing.

t’s okay to speak up.

It’s okay to let go”.

It took me years to realize how important taking time to relax is for me. It took stress, it took stomach aches, and it even took cancer to make me realize how important it is to find time for myself and rest. We live in a world where we are rewarded for pushing harder, working longer and taking no time for ourselves. I'm not sure when this change happened, but it was in my lifetime. You often must work hard to be successful in life, but you also must take time to relax and put your feet up to stay mentally healthy in life.

When I saw national relaxation day on the calendar, I assumed it must have been thought up by an adult that wanted to take a break. What I found out is that it was a 9-year-old boy, Sean Moeller, from Michigan who came up with the idea in 1985. He gave an interview during that time to The Des Moines Register stating that people should not do cleaning or work since they were not relaxation. I am not sure what prompted him to come up with this idea, but I like it. This day promotes chilling out.

But what does this mean to you?

Does that mean sitting and watching TV?

Doing yoga and meditating?

Going on a hike?

Reading a book?

Turning off your electronics and listening to the birds outside?

How does it make you feel to decide to take an entire day and make relaxation your focus?

I think it should make you feel great. When you consider the benefits you gain, you may just jump on board!

Relaxing can:

· reduce stress in your life

· improve concentration

· improve your mood

· lower blood pressure

· reduce exhaustion

· and loads of other benefits

For me, relaxation means not worrying about my to-do list.

Not worrying about my calendar for the next week.

Not worrying about the challenges in my life.

Relaxation to me means to sit back and take some time to be with the people I enjoy and to do the things I enjoy.

So, today, after I wake up, my husband and I play crossword puzzles in bed. I get up and go play eighteen holes golf with our friends, Dolores and Phillip. We have a wonderful dinner and then finish the day with a Zoom winetasting with our friends, Dave and Debra, in California.

Finding ways to reduce your stress and take time for yourself is important. If celebrating National Relaxation Day gives you the excuse, go for it! I hope for you all to have a day that is stress-free and filled with joy.

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