Welcome to International Relaxation Day which is held on the 15th August, 2023. A day to relax or choose to learn new relaxation techniques. Or perhaps take some time out in a busy day to relax.

Since 1985, National Relaxation Day is held annually on the 15th August in the USA.  This was a great idea by a nine year old, Sean Moeller from Michigan.

Nowadays, with thanks to social media platforms many people around the world celebrate National Relaxation Day and more recently, International Relaxation Day.

On this website we have a range of relaxation techniques that you may find helpful to relax. Please check out our notice page about the use of techniques before using them. We also have a Research Hub for health professionals interested to learn more about relaxation techniques.

What are relaxation techniques?

Relaxation techniques are methods to help bring about the body’s “relaxation response,” which is characterised by slower breathing, lower blood pressure, and a reduced heart rate. The relaxation response is the opposite of the stress response.

What’s involved for International Relaxation Day?

International Relaxation Day is an opportunity to reflect and share the importance of relaxation and how people, families, organisations and communities can learn about applying relaxation in their daily lives and routines. Social media can be used to share what methods you have found useful to aid relaxation. You can use the hashtags: #InternationalRelaxationDay #InternationalRelaxationDay2023 #Relaxation

If National Relaxation Day is recognised in your country then you can use the hashtag: #NationalRelaxationDay

Free relaxation webinar on International Relaxation Day, 17:30 BST

The Webinar title is International Relaxation Day: The effectiveness of relaxation techniques across a broad spectrum of physical and psychological health-related issues. The speaker is Prof Stephen Palmer PhD who is Director of the Centre for Stress Management. Takes under a minute to sign up for this free event. Visit our Event Webpage for more information.

Social Media

International Relaxation Day has pages on various platforms. We have provided the links below: