Wellness Benefits to Relaxation
Relaxation is an important part of our lives and yet it is the first thing to go away when our lives get busy. We ignore that it can provide us with so many benefits. From improved physical and mental health to reducing stress levels and boosting creativity, taking the time to relax can be beneficial for our well-being. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the ways that relaxation can benefit us and how to incorporate it into our daily lives.
When we relax, our heart rate and breathing slow down, our muscles relax, and our body releases endorphins (you know, those hormones that can reduce stress and improve our mood!). Relaxation can help us to better manage our stress levels and reduce the physical and mental symptoms of chronic stress, such as headaches, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. It can also help to improve our sleep quality, allowing us to wake up feeling refreshed and energized (which, by the way, ALSO reduces stress, fatigue, depression, and anxiety).
Relaxation can also be beneficial for our creativity. When we’re relaxed, we’re able to think more clearly and come up with more creative solutions to problems. We can also use relaxation techniques to help us focus on the task at hand and become more productive.
Finally, relaxation can help us to become more mindful and be more aware of our thoughts and feelings. When we’re relaxed, it’s easier to notice our emotions and thoughts without judgment and to accept them without trying to change them.
When you relax REGULARLY, your body will kick in to remind you to relax when you need it. Familiarity with how your body and mind respond to a relaxed state will prompt you to achieve that relaxation more often. In other words, do the work now to push yourself to relax, even in small ways, and your body can and will do the rest (pun intended!).
So how can we incorporate relaxation into our daily lives? Here are some simple tips:
Take time to do something you enjoy, such as reading a book, listening to music, or taking a walk.
Practice deep breathing or mindfulness exercises.
Practice yoga or stretching.
Spend time in nature.
Get a massage or practice self-massage.
By taking the time to relax and practice these techniques, you’ll be able to reap the many benefits of relaxation and bring more balance and peace into your life. And, really, isn't that what we all want?