RELAX ... for Better Health!

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.