Loosen Up Lighten Up Day is celebrated in the USA on November 14th, reminding us to take a break from our hectic lives and just relax. We often become so caught up in our everyday tasks that we forget to take time for ourselves, our loved ones, and the small things that can help to give us a boost of energy. Loosen Up Lighten Up Day is the perfect opportunity to do exactly that!
Loosen Up Lighten Up Day was founded by writer and lawyer Stephanie West Allen with the goal of helping people to forget their worries, smile, and be carefree. There are many benefits that come with this, such as relaxation, improved control over emotions, and a more positive outlook throughout the day, even after a stressful day at work.
Stress is a normal reaction of the body to certain situations and is experienced by everyone. However, when it is prolonged, it can lead to anxiety, depression, and physical health problems such as low immunity, high blood pressure, and heart failure. The goal is to reduce stress in order to be healthy and happy.
One of the best practices for reducing anxiety is meditation. Studies suggest that it has been practiced for over 5000 years, as our ancestors were well aware of the benefits of relaxation. Exercise is also often used to reduce stress.
- Meditation can be respiratory, based on focusing on thoughts, objects, chakras, etc. There is also an unusual type of meditation called “taste”, where all attention is drawn to the sensations of a particular food.
- Studies have shown that meditation increases brain volume. Participants showed thickening of brain areas after two weeks of practice.
- Meditation also reduces pain.
How to take part
The best way to celebrate Loosen Up Lighten Up Day is with a relaxing family evening. Prepare a delicious dinner, put fragrant flowers on the table, light incense, and play calming music. Most importantly, take time to relax and not worry about pressing problems.
When is Loosen Up Lighten Up Day celebrated in 2023?
Loosen Up Lighten Up Day is observed on November 14 each year.