Relaxatioin, I think, is the key to health and well being. It counteracts stress which we know can contribute to the development of disease. Relaxing gives your mind and body time to unwind. It gives your heart a rest by slowing your heart rate, reduces blood pressure, slows your breathing, allows you to take a deeper fuller breath, increases blood flow to your muscles, and decreases overall muscle tension.
People who make time to relax often experience more energy, better sleep, enhanced immunity, increased concentration, better problem solving abilities, greater efficiency, smoother emotions, and less headaches and pain.
For everyone relaxation looks different. It could be anything from a quiet bath or a good book to time meditating or getting a massage. The nice thing is, relaxation is designed for every budget.
So what can you do if a book or a bath just won't cut through your stress?? Give one of these a try . . . massage, yoga, meditation, tai chi, guided relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, stretching, listen to music, lie down and rest (even for 5 min), get outside for some fresh air and sunshine, take a mini vacation with your family or send your kids for a sleepover and have a quiet house all to yourself, take a nap, have a cup of tea and sit down to enjoy it, blow some bubbles or simply throw rocks in the water and listen to the sploosh.
Whatever you choose to do, just make sure that you take time (and make time) to do it.
Relax, your body will thank you!!
photo by Brien-Anne Couse