To Relax Is Healthy

Have you ever noticed how many thoughts go through your mind at a given moment? Stop reading right now and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Continue breathing for a few minutes. If you notice that your brain is swarming with information and judgment, you could probably use a relaxation session.

Recent research has revealed that people perform better at work and in life when they practice strategic renewal. You aren’t designed to run on high level without having a period of rest and relaxation. While there are no specific guidelines for how much relaxation a person should incorporate into their lifestyle, you need a time for renewal. Too much stress and activity often disconnect you from your creative potential.

Unfortunately, many people see relaxation time as something to sacrifice in exchange for productivity. When they’ve reached a breaking point, they take a vacation or flop onto the couch because they need some relief. But relaxation should be part of a holistic approach to well-being. When you make time for yourself, you hit the reset button and allow your body and mind to come into balance. Rest and relaxation will allow you to regenerate. Your ability to create and innovate will be improved.

Gentle stretching exercises are great for loosening up the body. This type of physical relaxation can also reduce anxiety and mental strain. Deep relaxation, like mindful meditation, being aware of what’s happening without trying to change it can relieve stress, quiet your mind, and improve your mood. Laughing is another quintessential. It promotes muscle relaxation. Making time, to find enjoyment, like sipping a cup of chai with family and friends is also an important element of relaxation. It releases the body’s feel-good hormone serotonin and lowers the stress hormone cortisol.