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Say ‘omm’: Aug. 15 is National Relaxation Day

Can’t slip away to a spa or exotic destination? No problem. In true island style, Tommy Bahama shares 10 relaxation tips. Umbrella cocktails optional.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Aug 15, 2013 4:27PM

Aug 15 is relaxation day / LWA/Stephen Welstead/Getty Images When Tommy Bahama launched as a lifestyle brand, its mantra was “Relax in Style.” Two decades later, the island-inspired fashion and home furnishings retailer still defines that kick-back-and-relax spirit of aloha.

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Since there’s a holiday for pretty much everything, let’s celebrate our right to relax this Thursday, Aug. 15 on National Relaxation Day. Take a deep breath, throw on a Hawaiian shirt and sing a Jimmy Buffet tune. Heck, go scarf down a cheeseburger if that’s your idea of paradise. I’m even listening to virtual ocean waves lap a shoreline and letting phone calls go straight to voicemail as I type this. OK, that’s not entirely true, but you get the idea. This holiday is your official hall pass to do absolutely nothing.

Sound good? Here are 10 tips from Tommy Bahama that will help you “Relax in Style”:

Quiet your mind: When you catch yourself thinking about your work schedule, your project due dates or your never-ending list of phone calls to return, try to quiet the noise by focusing on only one issue at a time.

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Picture yourself relaxed: It could be a favorite beach, a far-away tropical island or a cabin in the woods.

Breathing deeply makes scents: Experts say that fruit or vanilla scents can also help to clear and relax your mind.

Focus on the now: Mindfulness is the here-and-now approach to living. Appreciate the moment, because it does slip away quickly.

Make a tea time: If you’re a coffee drinker, consider switching to green or chamomile tea instead.

Read a book: Pick up a book that you can’t put down and let your imagination take you on a journey.

Get a massage: When your muscles are tense, take the time to visit a pro, relax and travel straight to Zen-land.

Call a time-out: Grown-ups need time-outs, too. So if you feel an adult-sized temper tantrum coming on, find a place to quiet your mind and remember: Time is always on your side, so relax. The stress can wait.

Turn on the tunes: When the going gets rough, turn on the tunes and take a musical stress detour. Research shows that listening to 30 minutes of music may produce calming effects equivalent to a 30-minute nap.

Take a walk: A long walk on the beach isn’t just for romance. When you head for the door, bring along your favorite beverage.

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Once you’ve mastered these 10 tips, Tommy Bahama says you’re ready to “Make life one long weekend.” Relax, have fun and be sure to get the most out of National Relaxation Day.

Tell us: How do YOU relax?

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