Relax and Unwind; It is a Must in Today's World
Stress, The Silent Killer
In today’s world stress has become a normal part of our lives. Stress in small doses can be good for us by activating our fight or flight process, it motivates us and kicks us into gear. However a constant level of stress damages the body and mind by keeping us in a constant state of alertness. This state is unnatural for our bodies and soon takes away our ability to focus clearly. Constant stress is to the body as the little boy who cried wolf was to the town. At first every time the town heard the boy cry, the town was alert and on their toes, but after hearing it so many times, when there was truly a wolf the town ignored the call for help. The same goes for the body and stress. In small doses it keeps the body alert and on it’s “A” game, But with the body being in a constant state of stress it becomes like the towns people and does not see the true need for alertness.
Relax; You Owe it to Yourself
Learning to properly relax is vital to our health and wellbeing. Many people think that coming home after work and staring at the TV for the rest of the night relaxes them. This is completely opposite of what is happening. They are sitting there watching news or crime drama filled with violence. While it is taking their mind off work, it is just replacing one stress with another by keeping the adrenaline flowing.
To truly relax one must mentally escape and calm the mind to turn off the fight or flight response. We all know how important this is for our mental and physical health but few practice it. There are thousands of articles on the internet about relaxation and how to achieve it; one of the easiest ones is the deep breathing technique of Meditation. Depending on the relaxation techniques, it can take only 5 to 30 minutes out of your day but make a huge impact on your life by improving your mood, increasing your energy level and give you back that joy for life.
How To Relax
The Breathing Meditation is a good starting point for most of us. You are able to do this meditation throughout the work day or at home. Breathing Meditation consist of deep breathing and the ability to focus on the present moment. The past is done and over and cannot be changed and the future has not arrived. So you need to focus on the present which is where you are.
Close your office door or go somewhere you are less likely to be disturbed. Start by closing your eyes and take in a deep breathe through your nose and push it out through your mouth. Focus on the feeling of the air flowing into your body and flowing out through your mouth taking all your stress with it. As you focus on the air flowing into your body With every breathe imagine pure energy or joy filling your body starting at your toes and working its way upward. Imagine the sensation as it rises up filling your body and pushing out the stress and filling every cell in your body with energy. Continue until this energy has reached your scalp; filing your body completely leaving no room for stress and re-energized with a clear mind to continue on with your day. You can do this exercise while you lay in bed at night waiting for sleep, this will clear your mind and prepare you for the next day. When you wake up in the morning use the mantra this is going to be a great day and repeat it over and over in your mind while you are getting ready for the day. As with everything repetition is a good teacher, soon your mind believes what you are thinking and then tells your body and since your mind is the boss of your body it listens and prepares you for a great day.
Feeling great creates a chain reaction, when your mind is positive and feels good, your body feels good and it shows on the outside as well, people around you feed off you positive energy and become up beat and all of a sudden you realize you are having a good day.
Always remember positive feeds positive and negative feeds negative and it is always your choice where you want to eat.
Giving the Gift of Relaxation
Do you know someone who is going through a stressful time? Give them a gift of relaxation, there are many gift Ideas out there. Send them a gift card to a local day spa or for a massage therapist. If they live near you get a group of friends together and make a day of it. For the guys do some trail hiking or even give a spa a try you mind find you like it. The point is to get away from the stress and competiveness so going to a game, while it is fun and enjoyable is doing nothing to reduce the stress, it is keeping the adrenaline up.
For the Ladies do a luncheon and then off to a spa and finish off with manie pedies. Be creative, try something new, the whole idea is relax.
If you would like to send a gift of relaxation to a friend or family member Arcana Gift Baskets has a beautiful selection of relaxation/spa gifts to choose from or we can custom create one for you for that added personal touch.
In our next Hub we will give you step by step directions so that you can create a wonderful spa gift basket yourself.