The importance of relaxation

We should probably think more about relaxation, or at least try to bring some form of relaxation into our day. Instead, we tend to use relaxation as a last resort, usually when we’re ill and we’re made to slow down.

The ‘fight or flight’ response as it’s known, is often brought about by stress and stressful circumstances and 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. 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 begin to compromise our health. We need to find time to relax. Relaxing gives the body a chance to repair and heal on a cellular level, 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.

When we’re more relaxed, we will always be better equipped to deal with our lives. Relaxation needs to be incorporated into our life as part of a healthy lifestyle.

13 Jun, 2016

4 thoughts on “The importance of relaxation

  1. Relaxation isn’t something I’m very good at doing, thanks to a lifetime of stress.

    This is how people end up with things like PTSD and being hyper-vigilant 24/7. I know this is why I first identified with Vietnam veterans who talked about having PTSD and how it kind of ruined their lives. I grew up in a world where we were forced to deal with a lot of situations where we did have to learn how to survive whether we wanted to or not.

    My parents pretty much threw us to the wolves and were pretty oblivious to how badly it affected us. As long as my dad had his alcohol and my Mom had her pills, they could cope with anything.

    We didn’t have the luxury of being able to tune out the world as kids. Once we started drinking and what not, it was easier to deal with existing; but it screwed up our lives too. We didn’t do the normal things like going on vacations when we got older, so we didn’t have much of a chance to do anything like relax.

    I live in a tourist state where there are countless places to go to relax so now I just have to get used to going to them. I have the wonderful joys of agoraphobia which really kind of complicates things, but I will have to learn to work around it.

    I just want to be able to enjoy living; rather than only surviving for a change!

    1. Thanks Randy, yes it must be hard for you also having to deal with agoraphobia, which stops you from going out and having a relaxing time.

      It’s easy to emulate what we see with our parents, with our families, but I also feel that we can change some of what we’ve seen by working on changing our perceptions for ourselves and our own children.

      I hope that in time you will and can find ways to relax, to bring more calm into your life. You deserve to have that.

  2. I know we should, but it’s not always easy to find time to relax. I try not to work on an evening and wind down then, but I think it’s also a good idea to break up the day and take time out then too, when possible.

    Relaxing needs to cover both mind and body to be effective. A nice hot bath listening to music would be my ideal way to relax or maybe a cup of cocoa watching a good movie.

    1. Yes I agree with you and think more of us should at least try to find time to relax.

      We all have different ways of relaxing of course. The key is finding what works for us and introducing it into our lifestyles.

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