The real deal on why we need to make time for R&R.
Today just happens to be National Relaxation Day, but we've got some cold hard facts on why you should be making it a priority every day of the year. We all know what it's like to be busy and stressed. Now, more than ever, we are experiencing more responsibilities, more changes and more stress related to our new COVID world, which is all the more reason to ... R-E-L-A-X.
If you're one of those people who looks at relaxation as a luxury that teeters on the verge of being lazy, there are a lot of professionals who would quickly point out that you are absolutely wrong. In fact, the Mayo Clinic reports that numerous studies prove the necessity of working in regular relaxation intervals into our lives when it comes to both our physical and mental health.
Among the many benefits of practicing relaxation techniques ...
• Slowing heart rate
• Lowering blood pressure
• Slowing your breathing rate
• Improving digestion
• Maintaining normal blood sugar levels
• Reducing activity of stress hormones
• Increasing blood flow to major muscles
• Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
• Improving concentration and mood
• Improving sleep quality
• Lowering fatigue
• Reducing anger and frustration
• Boosting confidence to handle problems
All of them sound pretty good, right? Who wouldn't want a clearer mind, less pain, and better sleep? If you need a little inspiration for you and your family to find a few more relaxing moments, here are a few tips from renowned stress expert, Dr. Kathleen Hall, the founder of the Mindful Living Network.
1. Set an example: When it comes to getting our kids to make relaxation a regular part of their lifestyle, it's important to set an example. Our children are always watching us, so Dr. Hall suggests making key activities like walking, reading, taking naps, doing yoga or mediation, and practicing good sleep hygiene a regular part of life for you and your family.
2. The Power of Water: Dr. Hall touts the benefits of water as a healing and tranquil tool to aid in relaxation. Finding activities to do near or on the water - lakes, rivers, springs, swimming pools, ocean - can bring incredible joy for the entire family. Not to mention, you'll make some great memories that can last a lifetime.
3. Quiet Time: Just ten minutes a days can make a big difference when it comes to letting out bodies unwind.
Try to make this a habit every
night when you have the entire family unplug from the busy outside world. It's an excellent opportunity to teach everyone about the benefits of taking time to stop and listen to their lives.
4. Nature: It's been proven time and time again that nature can be extremely healing when it comes to our mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Get in touch with your senses! Whether it's feeling the warmth of sunshine or a cool breeze on your face, or listening to all the creatures of nature while you take a walk or hike with your family. Open your eye and your ears to the beauty around you.
For more ideas on how to relax, you can check out the Mindful Living Network. Sometimes finding time for a little R&R here and there isn't as hard as you think. Whether it's a walk, listening to your favorite music, getting a massage, or curling up with a good book, don't forget about the importance of shutting off the world on a daily basis, even when there isn't a holiday to remind you to do so.