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Take a Moment to Relax

Updated on September 2, 2018
It's time to relax
It's time to relax | Source

Good News!

This is great news, at least it is to me. Believe it or not there are studies out there that say it's ok to relax. Oh, not all the time. I mean you do have to work, that is if you like a roof over your head, food to eat and clothes on your back. But in moderation it is OK to be relaxed. In fact it is even good for you.

It helps you in ways I never thought of. So, relax, now you can relax and know that is some cases, it's the right thing to do. I was so happy to hear this that I had to share the information with you. I am hoping this makes you just as happy as it has me.

I joke, of course. We all know it's ok to relax but many of us fail to do it. In this rush, rush world we sometimes forget to take time for ourselves. Try it, you'll like it.

Relax, you deserve it
Relax, you deserve it | Source

Healthful Benefits of Relaxation


Did you know that there are health benefits connected to relaxation? Pull up a seat, relax and read on to find out what they are. They are some pretty important benefits.


Heightened Brainpower

People who meditate more than 40 minutes per day have been shown to have more gray matter in their brains than those who do not meditate. Studies by Yale, Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital support this theory.

Protection From Germs

Positive emotions, happiness, for example, have been shown to trigger a surge in disease fighting antibodies. It pays to be happy.

Huge Happiness Boost

It turns out that meditation for more than an hour per day six days out of the week shows more activity in the positive feelings area of the brain. As it turns out meditation gives you happiness.

Freedom From Stress

The stress hormone levels of cortisol and adrenaline are lowered by as little as 10 minutes of meditation a day. This is good news in more ways than one, when these stress hormones are lowered it brings down your heart rate and blood pressure.

Improved Concentration and Focus

In a study done by the University of Pennsylvania they had volunteers meditate for 30 minutes per day for eight weeds. After that period of time was over the people who participated in the study found that it was easier to focus on and spot details without trying. So not only does relation help make you emotionally happy it also helps with your everyday and business life.

Stretch and relax
Stretch and relax | Source

Ways to Relax

Don't have a way to help you relax in mind? There are many different ways to relax. Find one that works for you.

  • Stretch You can do this sitting in a chair. Just do a couple of shoulders rolls or stretch your arms up over your head. It's a quick way to help you relax in the middle of a day.F
  • Fix yourself a cup of tea Sit and slowly drink your tea. Chew gum
  • Chew gum A few minutes of chewing gum will loosen the tension in your jaw and help you relax.
  • Take a walk A nice leisurely walk is just the way to relax your body and clear your head.
  • Meditate Close your eyes, breathe deeply, clear your mind
  • Close your eyes sit back and take a break from your surroundings.

    Listen to soothing music When listening to soft soothing music your body automatically relaxes.

    These are only a few ways to help you relax. Find your own favorite way and relax when life is becoming too stressful.

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time.

— John Lubbock

© 2010 Susan Hazelton

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      bbull, you're right. We all need to put in a little relaxation every day.

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      bbull 

      5 years ago

      Mediation and laziness or not the same. Mediation requires practice and patience. Perhaps relaxation and laziness are being compared here but again, there lies a paradox.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      J. B. , I think all of us arer entitled to be lazy every now and then.

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      I love this. Today I will just be lazy. Perfect!!!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Granny, I know what you mean. We all need to allow ourselves to relax a little.

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I am so up tight with all the crap going on in my life today I need away to find out how to relax. Thank you for the tips

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I agree Amber Allen. I think we all need a little 'me' time. Thanks for reading and commenting. And thanks for the rating.

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      Amber Allen 

      7 years ago

      I think a little time for yourself is a very necessary self medication in dealing with our busy lives. Hub rated up and ranked useful. Thanks

      Amber:)

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      prarieprincess, I think we all need to time to be lazy. It's tru we are supposed to rest on the Sabbath.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Hey, sounds good to me! When I read the title, I thought, right on, and this is such good information. I think it relates to the idea of the Sabbath in the Bible, too. Even God rested on the seventh day, because we're not meant to work all the time. Very interesting and informative hub. Take care!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Elyse, I do believe everyone needs some down time. I think our body knows when we need the rest. Unfortunately most of us get so busy that we don't take time to listen.

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      Elyse Haldeman 

      7 years ago

      I always feel a twinge of guilt when I'm lazy, or even doing structured meditation, but in the back of my mind I know that it's what I need. The best meditation advice I've gotten is to "let everything be as it is." Thanks for the reminder!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Happyboomernurse, I also believe that a little down time makes you more effective in your work. Everyone needs to be able to relax some without feeling guilty.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub! I practice meditation and daily walks and am very happy, so I believe that what you've written is valid.

      The best thing about treating yourself to some "lazy" time is that when you resume your otherwise busy life, you are able to accomplish more.

      Thanks for sharing this very useful information. I voted this hub up.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jaye, they say meditation is very relaxing. For some the harder you try to empty you mind the harder it is to do. I think you're supposed to just let your thought float away until there's nothing left. Or something like that. I'll have to research it.

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      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I don't have any trouble being "lazy" as long as I am reading a book, but can't just sit and empty my mind of thoughts. (Must be the same reason for my insomnia. When I try NOT to think, my mind goes into overdrive!) Guess I need to get one of those guided meditation books, read it and try to learn how to meditate properly. JAYE

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      FloBe, it's true just spending some down down does help you become more productive. Some people call it lazy, I call it survival.

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Liked this one! I find if I take 1/2 an hour to journal each day, I am more settled in my soul. Or, if I take a walk in nature and just let my mind wander it seems the worries wash off my back and I can face the day again. It took me a long time to discover that "time out" can be very useful.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I know what you mean woedscribe43. I think we all need to have a lazy day every now and then.

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      Elsie Nelson 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      I've been having a very relaxing day today and feeling a bit guilty about it. I just happened upon this hub and feel a lot better, thank you! Honestly, if I have a day like this once per week I feel better emotionally... was less stressed.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Aya Katz, actually the hub was more about relaxation than laziness. Most people seem to think that relaxing is the same as being lazy. Meditation is one of the most relazing activities that I know. Because you are sittin doing what looks like nothing it looks like you are being lazy.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      2patricias, Pilates is always a good change to rest. It certainly is an alternative. Thanks for visiting.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rebecca, it's ok to be a little bit lazy, not so good to make it a habit. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Aya Katz 

      8 years ago from The Ozarks

      But why do you equate meditation with laziness? Isn't meditation as practiced by most a very structured activity, whereas laziness has no rules?

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      2patricias 

      8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Our practise is along the lines "a change is as good as a rest".

      We do stop and do Pilates exercises.

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      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      so I'm allowed to be a bit lazy?? is that what you are saying?? ( ha ha) no I believe being a bit lazy is good for you, but not to much of everything other wise it's not.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      We can't always go full speed ahead. Taking a breather every now and then is not only needed but required. Who cares if someone else thinks that's being lazy? Thanks for stopping by.

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      Rhelena 

      8 years ago

      I love to take small 10 minute breathers from my work..and it really does boost your creativity! Thanks for making me feel better about my laziness! :)

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