Why We Must Relax
Relaxation is so important. I know I should practice what I preach but I find it difficult to slow down and just take some time for myself, and I firmly believe that this is something I need to address in my life. I would also encourage everyone else to relax more. These days, we’re all so pressured to get everything done quickly, to move onto the next thing, to rush around from task to task, however that’s no way to enjoy life. No wonder we’re all so anxious and stressed all the time.
We all need to take a break from time to time and find ways to take time out from our hectic lifestyles.
Why do we need to relax? The trouble these days is that we are all trained to feel guilty if we take time out for ourselves. We feel that we should be working harder, trying harder, pushing ourselves more. Yet the reality is that if we don’t relax we can make ourselves ill. A surprising number of medical conditions are the result of neverending stress and tension in our lives. Stress can cripple the immune system and cause high blood pressure.
To stay well and healthy, you need to take care of yourself, and that doesn’t always just mean eating properly and taking some exercise, it also means that you need to stop pushing yourself so hard all day every day and take more time to relax and de-stress. If you can’t relax, you are putting yourself at risk of a host of problems, from more coughs, colds and cold sores to serious conditions like IBS, heart attacks, strokes and COPD.
If you can’t relax, that can also have a major impact on other elements of your life. You will probably struggle to have positive relationships with your friends and family and even your working life will suffer.
One of the problems is that we are often unaware of how we’re working against ourselves if we become tense and strained. Yet both of these things restrict us mentally and physically.
Think about your body when you’re feeling tense. You probably weren’t aware of it until now, but your jaw will be clenched, your voice will be strained, your whole physicality will be tight and restricted. The only way to prevent this from happening is to be aware that you have tightened up your body and only then can you fully relax and release the tension.
It’s hard to know how to relax, however, sometimes it’s just as easy as breathing. Taking the time to focus on your breath coming in and out slowly will help to center you and to keep you in the moment so that you can let the tension go.
Sometimes, you can express the noise that’s going on in your head outwardly. You can do it in a number of ways, whether it be taking an audible breath, laughing, crying, shouting or screaming, sometimes the only way to really let go is to make some noise and release all of that inner tension.
Try to establish a relaxation routine. Take some time out and do nothing. Read a calming book. Listen to some music. Just take some time to put your feet up and chill out. Your body will thank you for it.