In case you didn’t get the memo, today, Friday, August 15, is National Relaxation Day. (We sympathize if you’re reading this at work…)
While we’re all about learning how to meditate and love a spritz of Tata Harper’s Aromatic Stress Treatment during savasana or a sweat sesh that just drains the frenzy right out of you, sometimes the best way to relax is by doing absolutely nothing.
Are we any good at that? Well, read on and see. Here’s how some of the staff at Well+Good unwinds, recharges, and presses the pause button—in-between trying new HIIT classes, running to natural beauty launches, and, well, reporting articles. —Molly Gallagher
Sarah Sarway, Social Media Assistant
One word: BRAVO. Anything that involves Andy Cohen and tipsy housewives on deserted islands is totally mindless….and totally relaxing, especially when it involves a glass of wine.
Jill Cromwell-Wang, Advertising Director
My favorite way to relax would be to either go for a run or cook, although, my most quirky relaxation method is a habit I have of trimming my hair (scary!) or laying off the side of my bed, upside down, in a backbend position. Something about letting all the blood rush to my head is surprisingly effective for me.
Jamie McKillop, Assistant Editor
I can’t believe I’m telling the world this, but my favorite way to relax is watching the Kardashians with a soy candle burning and a cup of mint tea. I’m totally transported out of reality for 30 minutes, and sometimes that’s exactly what I need before getting back to the real world.
Molly Gallagher, Associate Editor
I’m lucky enough to escape to Sag Harbor, NY, on the weekends. Almost every Saturday at 5 p.m. on the dot my mom, dad, and I have a glass of wine together on the patio (with Bruce Springsteen Pandora playing…against my dad’s wishes). It’s where we happily avoid the over-crowded restaurants and often too-glitzy scene. I also try to leave my phone inside (unless a good Instagram opportunity presents itself, of course).
Kate Citron, Digital Sales and Marketing Associate
Cuddling with my cat!
Alison Gilbert, Consulting Business Operations Strategist
Hand washing the dishes!
Lisa Held, Senior Editor
Laying on the beach with an amazing novel is my number one preferred method of relaxation. But when that’s not an option (which is most of the time), spending half an hour with my guitar works wonders. There’s something in how I have to really focus on my fingers, and then the sound of the music, that makes me forget about my stress and get happy (and I’m not even good at it!). Binge watching old episodes of Arrested Development on Netflix with my boyfriend (and wine) also works, but that’s not quite as good for my health…
Melisse, Editorial Director and Co-Founder
I chop vegetables, and lots of them, and really get in the zone. It’s meditative and almost athletic. I used to find rearranging the furniture relaxing, but now I love to look at design magazines, especially from the UK and Australia. The mid-century modern thing, sparsely furnished rooms done artfully, is super calming. I also love watching BBC adaptations of 18th- and 19th-century novels, and have probably seen every one on Netflix. Some day I’ll be better at meditating…
Kimie Bunyasaranand, Operations Associate
Yoga! A Bikram or vinyasa class is one of my favorite ways to relax. Focusing on breath and slow body movements has a calming effect, and I love stretching. And if I can’t get to the studio, I’ll go through a few Warrior I or II sequences in my bedroom.
How do you like to chill out? Share your practices in the Comments section, below!