By Dr. Nina Radcliff
Health Benefits of Relaxation & Refreshment
Research continues to underscore the great health benefits from the simple act of relaxation. Of course for many, taking time to relax is not so simple. Facts are that it may be hard to take a break or to even plan to take a day off “to relax” or chill on vacation. But rest and relaxation is important to maintaining your physical and mental health.
Giving ourselves a break, and some quality downtime – away from the daily hustle and bustle – works!! And it doesn’t really matter what the “relaxation”activity or inactivity is but rather to give yourself (body, mind, heart, and spirit) a chance to relax, refresh and recharge. While being “on” 24/7 is a part of our modern day, we are not designed to go 24/7/365.
Rest and relaxation are essential if we wish to function properly and effectively. And doing so will leave you feeling ready to take on the world once more – along with added health benefits.
Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know: About Relaxation and Health Benefits
Sources define relaxation in psychology, as the emotional state of low tension, in which there is an absence of arousal that could come from anger, anxiety or fear – or a too demanding, busy lifestyle. According to the Oxford dictionary, “Relaxation is when the body and mind are free from tension and anxiety (resting mind and body). It may mean re-establishing equilibrium after a disturbance.” [Read more…]