As we go about our daily lives the last thing we think about is relaxing, but we should probably at least try to incorporate some form of relaxation into our day.
We tend to use relaxation as a last resort, usually when we’re ill and we have to slow down. The ‘fight or flight’ response as it’s known, is often brought about by stress and stressful circumstances, is something we can’t always avoid. When we handle situations that are stressful, chemicals are automatically released into the bloodstream to prepare us for those stressful situations.
Once those situations have passed, the body then naturally returns to its normal state before the fight or flight response, but stress shouldn’t go into overdrive. As we go about our daily lives, the pressures we’re under will always continue to create stress, what matters is how we deal with those pressures.
A little stress isn’t bad, but stress that is constant will eventually begin to compromise health. We need to relax. Relaxing gives the body a chance to repair and heal, so that if we ever get into fight or flight mode again, we’re fully prepared for those eventualities.
So what does relaxation help with?
Relaxation helps with renewed energy, gives us a better quality of sleep, better physical health, greater emotional balance, helps with improved concentration, increased energy levels and enhanced creativity.
It stands to reason that when we’re more relaxed, we will always be better equipped to deal with our lives. It needs to be incorporated into our life as part of a healthy lifestyle.