Tips for Making the Most of National Relaxation Day
When you feel stressed and all over the place- people are often quick say, “just relax already” in attempts to calm you down. I don't know about you, but I don't particularly find being told to “relax” to be helpful at all. In fact, sometimes it can make it worse. No worries, I'm not going to tell you to relax; today is National Relaxation Day! Yes, that’s a thing! So, let’s review 3 ways that have been shown to actually calm you down and facilitate a more relaxing lifestyle, more so than just being told to “relax.”
Next time you start to feel a tad frazzled, take out a tea pot and boil a cup of water to brew up a warm cup of tea. There are countless studies that support tea’s calming effects and have been shown to consistently improve people’s sense of pleasure and promote relaxation. Don’t you love this!? It may be the warmth of the liquid that brings a sense of comfort or the actual constituents within certain teas, such as L-Theanine and epigallocatechin gallate- more commonly seen as EGCG, that make you feel relaxed quickly after drinking it. Even if your tea has caffeine in it, the L-Theanine has been found to actually bring on relaxation by decreasing caffeine’s arousing effects.
When you’re feeling stressed, exercise is another great way to relax. Whether you are someone who likes more high intensity exercises like running or cycling, or if you’re someone who would rather do yoga or Pilates, the good news is that all types of exercise have been shown to induce relaxation. For example, one study conducted in college-aged adults, showed that yoga brought forth positive effects on a psychophysiological level. If exercise isn’t your “thing” when you just want to relax- take a walk. Walking has also been shown to significantly improve mood and relaxation. A walk around the block, or perhaps a stroll as part of your lunch break at work. Grab your headphones, put on some soft music, get your steps in and start to unwind.
And, after your walk, stop and smell the roses. Literally. Stop and smell the roses! Although looking on the bright side of things is nice, ya know what’s nicer? Science that says, just the sight of fresh flowers decreases stress! This wasn't just someone saying that they felt more relaxed- this was actually determined physiologically by measuring brain activity in the prefrontal cortex- (one of the several parts of the brain that is affected by stressors) in people after they viewed flowers for 3 minutes. These same people also reported increased feelings of comfort, relaxation and an overall improved mood, as well as a decrease in heart rate variability- which is associated with our “fight or flight” reactions!
Lastly, don't forget to take a JMN No Worries packed with L-Theanine which has been shown to help support relaxation, produce a calming effect to fight stress, reduce irritability, and increase focus and cognitive health.* No Worries provides a feeling of both zen and calmness, that yields relaxation without drowsiness. You are not only receiving a dose of calm but also a bit of focus and support for your brain health. Unlike other L-Theanine supplements on the market, No Worries contains 200mg of a pure patented form of 100% pure L-Theanine (called Suntheanine®- which has been studied multiple times in clinic trials over other forms of L-Theanine)! Hopefully these tips help you “celebrate” and unwind on National Relaxation Day.
Cheers to a zen relaxed day!