Relaxation Day

The lyrics of The 59th Bridge Song “Feelin’ Groovy” by Simon and Garfunkel from their 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme comes to mind as a song that could be appropriately enjoyed to commemorate “Relaxation day.” One lyrical phrase is: “Slow down, you move too fast. You’ve got to make the morning last.” In other words, relax! This is a day to remind yourself that it is okay to take a deep breath, slow down and take it easy; something we can easily forget as we forge ahead with our responsibilities and daily routines.

The origins of this unofficial holiday are unknown, though it is thought that the holiday began as “National Slacker Day” in Britain.  There are many ways to celebrate Relaxation Day. Here are a few ideas:

  • Use this day to do a digital detox. Unplug your computer, put away the phone and stay away from all social media.  That includes no work e-mails to fret over and no social dramas.
  • Enjoy a day at the spa.
  • Take a leisurely walk.
  • Spend some time in your back yard reading a book or watching wildlife.

With regular relaxation practices, today and every day, you can avoid stress-related health issues like high blood pressure, heart problems, as well as other health problems.

The Bellevue University Library has some wonderful resources that can help you on your relaxation journey.  A few are listed below:

Groove Your Body Calm  Alexander Street Press Video (57:52)

Instant Calm: Over 100 Easy-to-Use Techniques for Relaxing Mind and Body. By Paul Wilson. BF575.S75 W55 1995

Managing Stress Alexander Street Press Video (17:51)

Three Stress relief videos: Relax with a Smile Tranquil Mountains, Serene Universe, (5 min. each) Alexander Street Press Video (5min)

Ten steps to Relieve Anxiety: Refocus, Relax, and Enjoy Life. By H. Michael Zal. BF575.A6 Z35 2013

Other resources may be found on the Bellevue University Library’s Stress Management Libguide.

 

Sources: Relaxation Day https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/relaxation-day

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