August 15th is National Relaxation Day– a day to take it easy and relieve some stress, and your best furry friend can certainly help with that. Being around cats can help reduce blood pressure, anxiety, loneliness, and plenty of other things that stress us out. Spending some time with your cat will make you feel good, and it will give you a chance to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life that may be overwhelming you. National Relaxation Day is all about remembering to stop, rest, and let things go once in a while so you can enjoy living in the moment. Here are six ways you can chill with your cat and get the most out of National Relaxation Day.
1. Take The Day Off
Most of us have made the difficult choice to push our sleeping cats off our arms so we could go to work at some point. Today, let your kitty sleep on you. Call in and take the day off. There’s nothing wrong with taking a little “me” time, especially if that me time is spent with your cat. Your kitty will certainly appreciate having you around all day, and they’ll be extra happy that they don’t have to go through the stress of watching you walk out the door without them. Have a work-free, relaxing day with your bestie.
2. Make It A Spa Day
Nothing rejuvenates and relaxes quite like a spa day, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to give your cat the pampering they deserve. Play some relaxing music, try aromatherapy, and make a nice, comfy place for your cat to lie down. Give your feline a great kitty massage, which can be especially helpful for cats that have arthritis. Use cat-safe essential oils that will help you and your fur baby feel calm. If you’d like to know more about using essential oils for aromatherapy with pets, click here and do your research to make sure you’re using the best, safest oils for your cat.
3. Pet Your Kitty
This one is nice and simple, and anyone can do it. Just pet your kitty. Studies have shown that just a few minutes of petting your cat rreleases a ton of feel-good hormones into your system, including dopamine, prolactin, and oxytocin. These hormones won’t just make you and your cat feel relaxed; they will actually help increase your bond and feelings of friendship. Give your kitty a bit of lovin’ and you’ll both feel better.
4. Take A Cat Nap Together
Taking a nap with loved ones is very natural for a cat. They do it from the time they are kittens, snuggling together for comfort, safety, and warmth. It helps them form bonds and show a high level of trust. When a cat curls up with you for a nap, you can take comfort in knowing that they are relaxed and that they know you will keep them safe. Taking a cat nap will also give you both some rest and help you wake up feeling refreshed.
5. Play Active Games
Being more active might not sound relaxing to you, but it sure is for your cat. Boredom can lead to anxious and destructive behavior. Cats that have proper mental and physical stimulation are less likely to show such behaviors because they have an outlet to relieve all that nervous energy. Try a new puzzle feeder or a new toy. Did you know some cats can play fetch? Give it a try. Make some new toys out of safe household objects. Give your cat a good play session and see how much more relaxed they’ll be afterwards.
6. Be A Couch Potato
As your day of relaxation winds down, spend some time relaxing on a comfy couch with your cat. They’ll be happy to curl up with you and get some extra pets, and they might even get so relaxed that they drift off to sleep. The end of the day is a good time to start a binge watch session with your cat so you can both turn off your brains and veg out. Having a special day all to yourselves might be just what you and your kitty need to recharge and feel refreshed, and relaxing on the couch together is the perfect way to close it out.
Are you going to celebrate National Relaxation Day with your cat? What do you like to do with your kitty to relax? Let us know in the comments below!