In the 1980s, a nine-year-old boy proposed the idea of National Relaxation Day. It’s become an annual event where people across the nation spend a day doing everything that helps them relax. Try these six activities on National Relaxation Day.
Tour a Museum
Do you find museums relaxing? If a quiet art museum, botanical garden, or other museum helps you de-stress, take a tour. You can often save money by checking if there are free or discounted passes at your local library or by touring during specific hours of the day.
If there are no museums nearby, an art gallery, local park, or forest trail can be just as soothing. Walking around the downtown shopping district while window shopping is another suitable alternative if that works better for you.
Go to the Beach
A day at the beach offers the opportunity to relax in the sun, cool off in the water, and take relaxing walks on the shore. Plus, the sound of the birds and waves lapping the shore offers the tranquility needed to help you unwind. Bring a picnic and make a full day of it.
Have a Lazy Movie Day
Stock up on some snacks and beverages and have a lazy day at home watching movies. If you’re a family caregiver, you can do this with your parent. Pick out some movies, stay in pajamas or loungewear, and watch movies all day. Take breaks as needed to stretch, get another drink, or order a takeout meal.
Book a Luncheon or Dinner With Friends
When was the last time you went out with friends? If it’s been months, arrange to meet them for lunch or dinner. Book a table at a favorite restaurant and pick the time that works for everyone. Have a leisurely meal and enjoy the chance to catch up while someone else does the cooking for a change.
Arrange a Picnic
Family caregivers can find it hard to get away for hours. You may need to bring your parent with you on a relaxed outing. Picnics are perfect. Schedule a picnic dinner with the rest of the family and get everyone to bring something. They can stop and pick up a salad at a local deli or make something at home.
Find a quiet spot for your family picnic and enjoy spending time together. When you’ve all eaten, you can take a walk together on a nature trail before going home.
Schedule Respite Care Services
When you’re a family caregiver, it’s hard to find time to relax. If you haven’t looked into respite care services from a home care aide, it’s time. Ask about having a caregiver available each week to help your parent while you take a break. All it takes to get started is a conversation with a home care agency.