Black Labrador sleeping in the sun on an artificial lawn.

On August 15th, it's time to unwind, slow down and clear our minds as we celebrate National Relaxation Day. 

National Relaxation Day is an important day as we all need a break from the fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles we live. Taking time to recuperate and rejuvenate our tired minds and bodies may help prevent many health risks.  Like the founder of this day suggested, too much work can make us sick, run-down, tired and that’s just wrong.  

But he was right! It has been proven that stress can be harmful to our health, both mentally and physically.  Most doctors will agree that finding ways to relax and finding ways to reduce stress will improve overall health. 

Benefits Of Spending Time In Your Garden  

Spending more time in your garden, or outdoors in general has a lot more benefits that you may originally think. Whether you're spending time outside with the family, to excursive, to partake in some DIY, or even simply enjoy the Summer sun, each activity has a positive effect on our physical and mental health. 

1. It's Good For The Soul 

Gardens connect us with the land and with nature. They are, if you’ll forgive the statement of the obvious, grounding. They remind us that there are seasons, that nature needs time to grow and blossom, that patience will be rewarded. A garden is a wonderful antidote to the fast-paced, on-message, instant-gratification world in which many of us live. You want to be calm and relaxed? Take a stroll around your garden. 

2. It's A Good Way To De-Stress 

Focusing on the task at hand, whether it’s weeding, planting or deadheading, requires concentration. You will automatically forget your worries and irritations because gardening becomes all-consuming. A good tip: leave the phone in the house and turned to silent. 

3. A Chance To Bond With Your Friends/Family 

No matter what the age or ability, there’s a task for everyone in the garden. Little ones can put grass clippings in a sack, teenagers can mow the lawn and grandparents can do a spot of deadheading. You can all spend time together and get a bit of fresh air. 

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How To Celebrate National Relaxation Day In Your Garden 

1. Meditate Outside  

Whether you're a meditation master or a namaste newbie, some morning or evening meditation in the garden can do you the world of good. Giving yourself some time to meditate allows you to clear your head and connect back with your own body and mind. Meditating in the garden will also allow you to connect with nature and truly be at peace with your surroundings. 

2. Exercise Your Green Thumb  

The handy thing about Artificial Grass, is that you can spend more time growing flowers, fruits and vegetables to truly flourish your garden. Gone are the days of endlessly mowing and maintaining your lawn, you can focus on the fun and relaxing side of your garden. This National Relaxation Day, why not put your green thumb to some good use and plant some new flowers and plants in your garden? 

3. Spend Time With The Family  

With our busy day-to-day lives, it's not very often that we get to spend some proper time with your friends and family. Make some sandwiches, lay out a blanket or set up the garden furniture and simply just enjoy the outdoors and the company this National Relaxation Day. 

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