Relaxation should be an essential part of our everyday life, as it has so many physical and emotional benefits. We are not robots, nor are we built as such, so it is unrealistic to think that rest and relaxation is not a requirement. Even overused machinery breaks done over time. So be kind to yourself and take time out of each day to just relax. We all know that sleep is essential to healthy well-being; well so is relaxation.

There are several techniques in which relaxation can be achieved. Explore them and find those that work for you. Some of the techniques to consider include, but are definitely not limited to:

  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Deep Breathing
  • Meditation
  • Biofeedback

  • Guided imagery

  • Progressive muscle relaxation,

  • Prayer

Relaxation response will prove to be highly advantageous and very beneficial. Some of the psychological benefits include:

  • Improves concentration and mood
  • Promotes and increases tolerance
  • Reduces anger and frustration
  • Boosts memory
  • Enhances cognition

Physiological benefits that will prove worthwhile include:

  • Slows your heart rate
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Slows your breathing rate
  • Reduces activity of stress hormones
  • Increase blood flow
  • Reduces muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Decreases fatigue
  • Lower risk of stroke
  • Slows breast cancer

We live in a fast pace society, full of haste and hurriedness; we work long days, sleep short nights, and engage in countless everyday life activities. Don’t be afraid or feel guilty for taking a time out to relax. Your mind, body and soul will reward you for it!