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National Hammock Day: A Day For Relaxation

National Hammock Day:  A Day For Relaxation

Celebrate National Hammock Day! Who even knew this was a thing? Social distancing and pandemic-induced stress is real. I get it, we all need to stay safe, but we also need some fun and relaxation, right? 

Here are 10 Pandemic-Proof ways to relax, including a few hammock-friendly options:

  1. Relax in a Hammock:  Did you know exposure to sunlight releases serotonin, the “feel-good” hormone? So, kick back in your hammock and catch some rays for a sunny mood-booster.
  2. Make Art or Sing:  Maybe you’re thinking “I can’t draw” or “I can’t carry a tune”. But that’s hardly the point. This is for your eyes and ears only. Tapping into your creative side is a great stress-reducer!
  3. Practice Self-Care:  Is there anything more relaxing than yoga or a spa day? Maybe whip up a homemade facial, or strike your best downward facing dog. Pampering yourself feels good and is naturally relaxing.
  4. Eat a Healthy Snack:  As tempting as it might be to plunge off the healthy-eating wagon, sugary treats will make you jittery and lethargic. Instead, munch on nuts, cheese, or an herbal tea, chock full of antioxidants. 
  5. Listen to Some Tunes:  Music has a calming effect on the brain, by reducing cortisol, the stress hormone. Stretch out in your hammock with a nature soundtrack, or something more upbeat if you’re in the mood for a dance party!
  6. Take a Walk or Create Movement: releases endorphins which can improve mood and create a natural euphoria. So, does wine btw…just sayin’.
  7. Soak in a Bubble Bath:  Technically known as hydrotherapy, a hot shower or bath can calm tense muscles and release tension. Sooo relaxing!
  8. Organize Something:  It might sound weird, but organizing your home or workspace can reduce anxiety. When everything’s in its place, you feel more in control. Some people say cleaning is their meditation! 
  9. Plan a Zoom Party:  Are you missing your family or BFF? Set a virtual date for cocktails or to watch your favorite TV show together. Laughing and silliness is one of the BEST relaxation techniques.
  10. Indulge in Retail Therapy:  In your hammock. Why the heck not? Grab an icy beverage, your mobile device, and shop for a new pair of shoes, some sexy jewelry or a fresh new fragrance. 

Have fun with any or preferably all of these techniques, but most importantly, DON’T feel guilty about relaxing… you deserve it!

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