How to unwind, relax, and relieve stress at home this weekend

It's the Red, White & Relax Weekend. Less noise, more tranquility, all weekend long on The Sound and at your house

July 4, 2020
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This weekend -- the Fourth of July weekend -- is all about tuning out the noise and creating your own safe, tranquil oasis at home. We call it the Red, White & Relax Weekend.

Many of us will be doing away with fireworks and big gatherings and just chilling during this three-day weekend. We're playing lots of relaxing favorites and suggesting that for once you tune out the news, ignore the negativity in the outside world, and practice some self-care while you're at home.

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How to do that? There are so many ways.

  • Effective Stress-Relievers for Your Life from verywellmind.com is a list of 17 ways you can dial back the stress, from guided imagery and meditation to progressive muscle relaxation and retooling your diet. As a sometimes-artist myself, I like their suggestion to try creating some of your own art:  Getting in touch with your creative side may have been easy for you during childhood, but if you’ve lost touch with your penchant for artwork, it’s not too late to pick it up again. If you aren't into drawing or painting, consider coloring in a coloring book. Adult coloring books have risen in popularity and for good reason—coloring can be a great stress reliever. 
  • 17 Simple Ways to Relieve Worry, Stress, and Anxiety is from a website called hopeforhealingfoundation.org. They suggest going for a walk, connecting with nature, listening to soothing music (I know where you can go for that!) and singing. They say: Singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins which make you feel uplifted and happy.  It helps relax muscle tension and decreases the levels of the stress hormones in the bloodstream and can help take your mind off the day’s troubles to boost your mood.In addition, scientists have identified a tiny organ in the ear called the sacculus, which responds to the frequencies created by singing.  The response creates an immediate sense of pleasure, regardless of what the singing sounds like so you don’t have to have an amazing voice to feel the positive effects of singing.
  • And at psychcentral.com there's 20 Ways to Relax & Unwind. You're speaking our language!  They cover techniques like using your breath, releasing the tension in your jaw, identifying what you can and can't control (which seems very helpful in the world we're living in right now) and using visualization. According to one of their experts: The brain can’t distinguish between reality and imagination, so visualization can be a powerful tool to help you unwind in a snap. All effective tools to let go of anxiety and soothe your psyche.

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Here's to a rewarding, rejuvenating weekend. We'll do our part by keeping the relaxing favorites going. 

Enjoy!