August: High Season for Corn, Tomatoes and Relaxation
What other month celebrates taking it easy like August? National Lazy Day is August 10, followed quickly by National Relaxation Day on August 15.
Can’t set aside work or other responsibilities? You can still relax. Reading a book you lose yourself in or find useful in dealing with an issue can give you a mini-vacation from stress. Studies have shown that reading delivers some important benefits: it slows heart rate and relaxes muscles, focuses energy and improves concentration, and can foster empathy as we immerse ourselves in the experiences of others. Reading can even improve sleep, easing the transition between wakefulness and drowsiness.
The Reformation Library collection offers something for everyone, from children to young adults to mature adults – picture books, storybooks, novels, biographies, works on faith and on dealing with challenges. Here are a few titles that might appeal: for children – Explorers for God, for older kids – Diamonds in the Shadow and Woods Runner, and for adults – The Signature of All Things, Zealot, and How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide.