There are few of us who couldn’t do with a day to slow down, take a deep breath, and relax. If that’s you, you’re in luck! August 15 is National Relaxation Day.
There is some controversy over how this came to be. National Day Calendar says that “Sean Moeller founded National Relaxation Day in 1985 as a fourth-grader. In an interview with Valerie Monson in The Des Moines Register Sean suggested people shouldn’t do anything of real value. Cleaning and real work are not part of relaxation.” Others think it was started by spa owners as a way to attract customers on this day. But whoever started it, it’s a good idea.
Many people will, of course, be working today. In that case, perhaps they can slow down this evening, do something quiet, or go out for a relaxing evening with a significant other – or sit down with a good book if you’re an introvert like me.
But more than just a relief from a fast-paced life, taking time to relax is good for your health. Lessening stress in any way is a good thing for your body. Observing this day is a good start; learning how to slow your life permanently is even better.
So make a pact with yourself to do something restful today, whatever that might be for you. By the way, it’s also Lemon Meringue Pie Day, so perhaps you can work a piece of that into your celebrations!
Quotes about rest and relaxation.
Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.–Leonardo Da Vinci
For fast-acting relief try slowing down.–Lily Tomlin
He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.–Benjamin Franklin
Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow
The faucets leak, and learn to leave them so.–Marya Mannes
Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.–Indra Devi
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.–Sir John Lubbock
Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the world’s beauty and abundance.–Wendell Berry
There is no mortal truly wise and restless at once; wisdom is the repose of minds.—-Johann Caspar Lavater
There is nothing so soothing, nothing that gets you into the rhythm of life more readily than working in a garden, whatever its size and pruning.–Sarah Ban Breathnach
To do great work, a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.–Samuel Butler
What we lack is not so much leisure to do as time to reflect and time to feel. What we seldom “take” is time to experience the things that have happened, the things that are happening, the things that are still ahead of us.–Margaret Mead and Rhonda Metraux
When everyone is too busy, don’t expect a more productive society. Expect a frantic society. –Jeff Davidson
Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.–George Macdonald
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