Relaxation is strongly tied to physical and mental health. By taking time to relax, you can feel better and achieve more. Relaxing is not something that can be neglected, it will affect other areas of your life since it allows stress to build.
Some facts to consider about stress according to Dartmouth EDU:
- 43% of adults experienced adverse health effects from stress
- 75-90% of visits to a physician's office are for stress-related conditions and complaints
- Stress has been linked to the 6 leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide
Relaxation is the opposite reaction to stress. Stress, the "fight or flight" reaction increases respiration, tightens muscles, and other physiological systems are worked. However, by engaging the "relaxation response," you can lower heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, and oxygen intake.
Enjoy the benefits of relaxation by incorporating it into your everyday life. Benefits include:
- Keeps stress levels in check. Without decreasing stress levels, people can suffer from adverse health effects.
- Sleep better. Sleeping better will help maintain your mental health.
- Improved memory and concentration. Be at your best for work by improving your memory and concentration.
- It's enjoyable!
Remember to take time out of your day to relax: your body and mind will thank you for it!
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