When the frenzy of life sweeps you up, serenity and stillness can be hard to find. Waiting for some time to exhale? Your chance is just around the corner. Celebrate National Relaxation Day on August 15 with these 10 ways to sit back, slow down and start fresh in your fabulous new apartment:
Turn Off Technology
Take a holiday from texting, social media and work e-mail by turning off devices and stashing them out of sight. (Nothing bad will happen. It’ll be okay. Really.)
Grab a Good Book
That to-be-read pile is pretty epic, right? Curl up on the couch with a treasure you’ve been saving or check out Goodreads to find the latest and greatest in every genre.
Cook Your Favorite Meal
Whip up your specialty — a hearty soup, a bold pasta or a fresh salad — and invite your best pals over for a casual dinner party. (No fussing or fretting allowed. Your friends don’t care.)
Compose a Handwritten Letter
Send happy thoughts to a loved one by handwriting a letter on quality stationery. You’ll make someone’s day with personalized snail mail featuring an actual stamp!
Play a Board Game or Puzzle
Kiss your brain and treat your mind. Give the daily crossword a go or team up with your coffee table to tackle a jigsaw puzzle featuring a tranquil scene.
Try Fiber Crafts
Craft your way to quietude. Let the repetitive movement of knitting, crocheting or weaving help you make a lovely little something for someone special in your life.
Listen to Music
Bend the no technology rule a just a tiny bit for Pandora’s Relaxation playlist. Better yet, spend the day making your own mindfulness mix of music that calms and rejuvenates you.
Soak in a Bubble Bath
Isn’t it time to melt all the stress and worry away? Indulge your body and spirit with a soothing soak that teems with luxurious, grown-up bubble bath suds.
Take a Nap
Who said naps are just for little ones? Wash the sheets in a sumptuous lavender-scented detergent and treat yourself to a restorative midday snooze.
Sip Your Favorite Beverage
Whether it’s a glass of wine, a mug of herbal tea or a tumbler of ice water with lime, simply be still and sip a beverage while doing absolutely nothing at all. (Hear that? The living room and balcony are calling.)
What are your favorite ways to relax and destress? Inspire someone with your ideas by sharing in the comments below.