National Relaxation Day -Take a Break and Relax

Today is National Relaxation Day – A good reminder to take time to slow down, unwind and relax!

We all need a break from our fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles. Too much work and stress can make us feel run down, tired and even sick. Taking time to relax, recuperate and rejuvenate tired minds and bodies may help prevent disease and improve health. #nationalrelaxationday

Stress management programs – often include relaxation techniques along with cognitive behavioral and other therapy.

Relaxation Techniques – Include (but are not limited to) –

  • Biofeedback
  • Hypnotherapy and Self-Hypnosis* (*typically incorporating progressive relaxation, guided imagery, breathing relaxation, and positive suggestion.)
  • Meditation
  • Reiki
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi

Additional Ways to Relax – Walk in nature. Art/Music Therapy. Exercise. Read. Knit/Crochet. Laugh.

Practice Daily Relaxation – Like with anything, we get better with practice. For best results, practice simple relaxation daily. Even 15 minutes a day can make a difference! 

Goal of Relaxation –  to produce a natural state of mind/body relaxation (‘relaxation response’) characterized by slower breathing, lower blood pressure, and a feeling of increased well-being.

Benefits of Relaxation –

  • Relief of tension (emotional and physical,)
  • Improved comfort,
  • Increased calm,
  • Greater sense of inner peace.

Safety of Relaxation Techniques – Relaxation techniques are generally considered safe, though there have been a few reports of negative experiences such as increased anxiety in some instances, particularly with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or mental health issues.

Ask Your Doctor – People mental health problems and a history should discuss relaxation techniques with their health care providers prior to use. Seek help from a qualified health care professional.

Contact me with questions about relaxation techniques that can be easily learned and put into practice.  Ph: 978-283-4258 or Email:

Note: If I don’t answer, it’s because I’m taking a break. 🙂 We try to answer all calls and emails within 48 hours.

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  • Enjoy a session of hypnotherapy, meditation or reiki
  • Enjoy guided relaxation with my self-hypnosis recordings found on my website. Available in CD and Downloadable Mp3 format through the Dreamtime Wellness™ Store.

Relax, and enjoy today in a health way.  – Karen

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, CCRN Alumnus, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation and risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that improve health, happiness and wellbeing. Find us on Facebook

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