The first post here this week is on Tuesday instead of Monday because I’m coming off a relaxing long weekend. Sure, every moment wasn’t stress-free, but overall I’m feeling refreshed because I was able to spend time away from home enjoying dear friends. And I had a massage, too!
While I tend to be a person on the move, I’m also someone who recognizes the need to take time to recharge. Unfortunately, the momentum most of us have in our lives is to go, move, do instead of relax, refresh, renew. It seems contrary, but we need to plan to relax. Deliberately recline. Purposefully stop and do nothing.
As I say to my kids, “need” is a strong word and I deliberately use it here. We do need to relax. Why? According to the experts at Mayo Clinic, there are many health benefits to relaxation.
Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms by:
- Slowing your heart rate
- Lowering blood pressure
- Slowing your breathing rate
- Increasing blood flow to major muscles
- Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
- Improving concentration
- Reducing anger and frustration
- Boosting confidence to handle problems
To get the most benefit, use relaxation techniques along with other positive coping methods, such as exercising, getting enough sleep, and reaching out to supportive family and friends.
This you know. We all know these things because when we take time to truly relax we can feel it way down in our core. We feel healthier. We feel happier. We are, simply, less stressed.
Feeling stressed? Relax. Refresh. Renew.