National Relaxation Day - Wicker & Wilde Have Some Suggestions To Help

August 15, 2019

It's a shame that National Relaxtion Day is merely one day out of the year because we deserve more days to relax than that.  In fact it's hard for many of us to relax because we all have so much to do!  Regardless, in order to stay healthy and happy take some time out of each day to give your brain and body a break.  Here are some simple suggestions, proven by science to back them up, to help you relax without taking too much time away from your day.  

1.  Eat a banana.  Potassium helps regulate blood pressure.  And when your blood pressure's low, it's easier to deal with stress.

2.  Give yourself a hand massage.  It's a quick and easy way to relax by releasing endorphins.  Especially if you work on a computer and type all day.

This next one is from Wicker who loves the smell of fresh cut grass.....

3.  Mow your lawn.  Fresh-cut grass has a specific chemical in it that makes us feel happy and relaxed.  That's why everyone loves the smell of it.

4.  Avoid screens before bed.  The artificial light blocks the production of melatonin, the hormone that makes you sleepy.  Studies have found people who use phones and computers late at night tend to be more stressed out.

5.  Listen to music.  It relaxes you by slowing down your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure, and blocking stress hormones.  Studies have found that classical music works best.  But ANY type of music you enjoy also works.

6.  Get a house or an office plant.  Spending time in nature improves your overall wellbeing, but it turns out even just a little greenery is great for your health. Studies have shown patients in hospital rooms with plants report lower stress.

7. Indulge in some Citrus.  Still hungry after that chocolate and banana? Try citrus. Recent studies show that vitamin C helps to alleviate the physical and psychological effects of stress.

8. Lock Lips with Someone.  Kissing releases oxytocin, a chemical that is shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Here is the full article with more suggestions!  Relax....and enjoy, From the Morning Mix with Wicker and Wilde xo