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.