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Relax Your Mind on No Brainer Day

Posted on February 26th, 2016

Some holidays can be stressful. But not this one! No Brainer Day is observed on February 27 and provides the perfect excuse for a day of relaxation, mental rest and maybe even a little laziness. Created in 1995 in the United States by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith, No Brainer Day aims to remind us to stop over analyzing things and to take a break from modern-day stresses, without feeling guilty. So go ahead and take it easy with some simple, mindless activities that require little thinking or effort and that are enjoyable to you. And hold the guilt! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Often considered a kid's activity, adult coloring books have recently burst onto the scene and can be found everywhere from bookstores to trendy gift shops to online sites offering free coloring pages. Coloring can be relaxing and according to a CNN article, "just like meditation, coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety." So sit back, unwind and color inside, or outside, the lines.

Watch Movies
What's better than kicking back on the couch and watching your favorite movie? Whether it's a film you know by heart or a silly movie that requires zero thinking, take advantage of the day and enjoy two hours of guilt-free viewing. Pop some popcorn, get comfy and keep the remote handy so you don't have to budge!

Take a Bath
Warm baths are the ultimate in both physical and mental relaxation, plus a great excuse for some peace and quiet away from the world. Unwinding in a warm sit-down bathtub gradually increases your body temperature and may help relax sore muscles and stiff joints. Prevention.com references research from the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine which found that soaking in warm water daily for eight weeks is more effective at easing anxiety than a prescription drug. That sounds pretty good, so why not make your No Brainer Day bath the first of many?

Cook or Bake (Something Simple)
There's something calming about the whir of a mixer or the sizzle of a frying pan. And there's definitely something relaxing about the smell of brownies baking and the taste testing that's sure to follow. Spend some time in the kitchen this No Brainer Day enjoy cooking or baking without having to rush or prepare a big meal or please anyone else's palette besides your own. Stick to an easy recipe or simply experiment. But don't set any expectations for yourself and just enjoy it. And leave the dishes for tomorrow!

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