August 15 is National Relaxation Day, and even though we often place little emphasis, relaxation is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Whether you’re unwinding after the workday, unplugging on weekends, or taking a vacation, giving yourself time to relax without a to-do list will help you in the workplace. No matter what day of the year you read this, try one of these ways to celebrate national relaxation day in the workplace.
1. Essential Oil Blending
Certain essential oil blends are known to have anxiety-reducing properties, so you can find ways to incorporate them into your lifestyle. Add oils to a diffuser to lighten a room or rub on your temples or wrists. With Fitspot’s essential oil blending workshop, employees can create their own blend of oils to fit their mood and they’ll get to take it home in a roller. A favorite blend for relaxing includes lavender, tea tree, frankincense, and peppermint.
2. Chair Massages
Besides making you feel good, chair massages are a surefire way to relax. With Fitspot’s chair massages, they happen right in your workplace so all you have to do is show up. The research is in, and just 15 minutes can help to improve brain power and productivity.
3. Assisted Stretching
Assisted stretching is like yoga, but involves less effort on your part while still giving you the stretch that you need. You’re strapped to a massage table, and a certified therapist stretches you in a variety of positions to address areas of tightness. Assisted stretching can improve flexibility and range of motion, improve posture and increase blood flow to muscles.
4. Guided Meditation
Meditation can seem intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before. But with Fitspot’s guided meditation sessions, our experts make it approachable and easy to follow along. Meditation is a great way to train the brain to regulate emotions and can help employees manage stressful situations throughout the day.
5. A Power Nap
The Napaccino technique is coined by Dan Pink: you drink a shot of espresso, then lay down for a 20-minute power nap. By the time the caffeine kicks in, your nap is done, and you wake up without the “nap hangover,” feeling more energized and productive for the rest of the workday. If you don’t have time to fit in a nap during the workday, be sure to maximize your sleep time by disconnecting from electronics before bed.
6. Do Nothing
If all else fails, do nothing. Believe it or not, doing nothing is actually a thing. Niksen is a Dutch lifestyle technique that means “to do nothing, be idle or do something without use.” When practicing nothing, have a purpose. Be intentional with your time: listen to relaxing music while staring out the window, sit in a park, and just “be.”
7. Pet a Dog, Give a Hug
The simple acts of human (or dog) touch can release your feel-good hormones (serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin). Studies have shown that petting a dog for 15 minutes can lower stress, while human touch has the same effect. And we’ve already proven that dogs in the workplace have huge benefits.
Alexa is the Marketing Manager at Fitspot. She’s a storyteller and wordsmith who writes anything from blog posts to e-books to infographics. She’s passionate about running and fitness, and loves to share the Fitspot message of workplace wellness everywhere!