This Is How People All Over The World Relax

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No matter how busy your schedule is, everyone needs some time to relax! Some people take a bath, some play video games, some take a nap, but either way, we all have different methods of giving our brains and body a break. Samsung’s Time Well Spend Campaign broke down what relaxation means to people all around the globe. Let’s take a look at what people all over the world do to relax!


Sweden

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In Sweden, people unwind with a coffee break called ‘fika.’ It’s a daily necessity that should happen many times a day! A fika includes a cup of coffee (or hot cocoa or hot tea if that is how you roll) and a baked good and lasts for about an hour. In Sweden, you don’t drink coffee in a to-go cup or on the go, so a fika allows you to enjoy your coffee and pastry while taking a breather and chatting with a friend. It’s a great way to destress and we love this idea, Sweden!


Iceland

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In Iceland, relaxation means taking a dip into hot springs! Iceland is located on one of the most geothermal locations on Earth, which means they have many hot springs heated by the Earth’s mantle. People immerse their body into 105-degree waters that are enriched with silica which works wonders on eczema and acne. It’s sure to leave your body feeling relaxed and it’s been dubbed, the ‘fountain of youth’ because their benefits are that good!


India

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Laughter Yoga!!!!

In India, people unwind by participating in 30-minute, laughing yoga sessions that provide a rush of endorphins, and a good belly laugh. People swear that it helps to reduce stress and improve positivity. Here’s the kicker, no jokes are told! How the laughs come on we aren’t too sure but they claim that a good belly laugh is good for the soul.


Brazil

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In Brazil, people unwind by participating in Capoeira!

Capoeira is a martial art that looks like half break dancing, half acrobatics. It’s set to the beat of a drum and hand claps while capoieristas participate in synchronized dancing, moving side to side, swinging with arms at their waist in a move called a ‘ginga.’ Then add in some backflips, cartwheels, spins and leg kicks. Performers lose themselves in the dancing and with the surge of endorphins it brings, it allows performers to forget their day to day struggles!


Argentina and Uruguay

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In Argentina and Uruguay, people drink mate (pronounced martay.) Mate is a drink made from dried yerba leaf which is ground up and placed in a calabash pot before hot water is added. The pot is shared with a group of friends while they gossip and share stories. Who knew spilling the tea was good for the soul!


China

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In China, people relax by partaking in Tai Chi. Practicers learn to balance and un-tense their muscles through a series of standing poses. Besides being exercise, Tai Chi is also a form of mind training because it’s supposed to slow down thoughts and clear the mind. Practicers also take deep breaths to purge negative thoughts from the body.


Tibet

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In Tibet, bowls are filled with water and placed in the palm of one’s hand. Then, a mallet wrapped in leather is moved around the base of the bowl to make it sound like the bowl is singing. Tibetan bowl singing is performed at the beginning and the end of yoga and the sound is supposed to heal the body and mind in place of traditional medicine.


South Africa

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In South Africa, the idea of ‘Ubuntu,’ originated amongst the Zulu tribe on the east coast. Ubuntu is the practice of treating others with compassion, forgiving others, giving to others and being grateful. Nelson Mandela was a huge ubuntu champion. So next time you feel on edge, think of Ubuntu and let the bad feelings leave your mind!


North America

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Sage smudging. Ever heard of burning sage to remove the bad vibes? This is it. Buring sage comes from Native American culture and it offers tons of health benefits like relief from headaches, blocked sinuses and can improve mood and memory.


Norway

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In Norway, people make plenty of time to enjoy, ‘Frilustsliv.’ Frilustliv translates to outdoors and it means to spend time outside in the mountains, nationals parks and even in the cold. In Norway, people work to live not live to work and Frilustsliv is a huge part of life!


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