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“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax” – Mark Black
We all have different ways to relax. Whether that’s to read a book, go out for a pamper day or to simply just lie in bed—relaxing basically means to thrive away from tense or anxious situations. The power of relaxing is the foundation to coping with anxiety and everyday life especially today where our generation calls for the grit and grind culture.
While it’s important to hustle our way every day, relaxing your mind, body and soul is just as important. It goes beyond saving yourself from being overworked or coping with your stress management skills. Relaxing yourself brings the following:
- Slowers the heart rate thus aiding the heart some rest which prevents from heart risk factors like hypertension, strokes and related diseases.
- Calms you down mentally and physically preventing all your worries, tension and stress take over you.
- Increases blood flow to the muscles which in turns provides more energy, better metabolism and improves memory.
- Improves your mood and sleep
- Improves memory and reduces illness making you more productive
The irony of relaxing from work or everyday task is that it helps you get it done effectively with the benefits it brings. When you’re relaxing, your brain is considered on break so it sorts things out, connects the dots and puts things together on place. It may not show concrete benefits like submitting one deadline after another, but helps you do that with how it impacts your performance. Sometimes, we get so caught up with what we have to do that we forget to take a breather. Here are a few ways you can do to relax yourself everyday:
- Mediate (Even a simple 5-10-minute session would do)
- Going for a walk and taking in nature
- Socializing with people who feel like sunshine or like-minded friends
- Taking deep breaths
- Reading a book, exercising or whatever we may consider as an escape from stress
This relaxation day, let us remember that giving yourself a break is as important as chasing your goals in life.