Today, Thursday, 8/15 is 2019's National Relaxation Day! Today encourages us to slow down and unwind. It’s a day to shift our focus towards taking care of ourselves, unwinding, and relaxing.
Which is important! 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. The founder of this day, Sean Moeller, founded it in 1985 as a fourth-grader. At the time, he gave an interview with Valerie Monson at The Des Moines Register, where he made an important suggestion, that today, people shouldn’t do anything of real value... and cleaning and real work are not part of relaxation!
But he was right about one thing - too much work can make us sick, run-down, tired and that’s just wrong. That has been proven time and again, that stress can be harmful to our health, both mentally and physically. All doctors agree that finding ways to relax and reducing stress improves your overall health.
Which is where SEPTA comes into the picture.
Young Sean gave a list of suggested relaxation activities for people to take part in today on their journey to peace and stillness. They included (but of course are not limited to): reading a book, fishing, a picnic in the park, walking along the beach, taking a drive in the country, spa, golfing, photography, watching a movie, shopping, lunch with friends, drinks with friends, and watching sports. These are just a few of the many possible relaxation ideas that you may want to use to celebrate this holiday.
And these are all things that SEPTA can help get you to, and in some cases, get you discounts to - and what reduces your stress quite like saving money?
If exercise helps keep your stress level down, we suggest you check out ways to save at the gym, on running gear, and on golf, all with your SEPTA Key or Pass. If shopping is more up your alley for your way to unwind, head to our shopping Perks and save money while you're spending. If you like Sean's suggestion to read a book, well, save on your book purchases in Peddler's Village as well as Manayunk.
If you prefer to be entertained to take your mind off The World, SEPTA offers so many ways to save at museums, theaters, movies, and zoos in and around Philadelphia - just check out our Arts and Entertainment Perks! If you're the type of person that feels better when you eat your feelings (hey, we've all been there), we can help with that too - there are tons of sweet treats and snacks on which you can save with your SEPTA Key or Pass.
And if all you want to do today is watch the ball game, no sweat, and definitely, don't sweat about parking, traffic, and coming up with the cash to get your car in the lot. The SEPTA Broad Street Line gets you straight to the ball game, no ifs, ands or traffic jams about it. Maybe the Phillies will keep your blood pressure down with another big win!!
If you just want to get away from it all, be it wandering through Rittenhouse Square, or maybe taking in the fresh air in the Wissahickon, or maybe your favorite way to relax is letting someone else do the driving and zoning out to the world outside of your window, keep the stress off your shoulders and let us Plan Your Trip. Just enter the destination you have in mind, and leave the heavy lifting up to us.
Wherever you go today, do it stress-free. Let SEPTA get you there and take care of the details. You just take care of YOU.