Take a Moment to Relax
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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