Stress has a way of taking over our lives and it can be rather difficult to take command once it has taken over. Who really wants to deal with the constant pressure and overwhelming feeling of not being able to turn off our minds? I am sure you asking yourself, why is stress such a big deal? Why should I learn to relax? Stress is everywhere and everyone deals with it, so what good will it do me to relax when so few people make a habit of it?
Well, here are five very good reasons to sit back, take a breather, and just relax for a change.
1. Your body will thank you
Stress causes a numerous amount of issues for your body. High blood pressure, headaches, muscle tension, ulcers, and weakened immune system are just a few of the many health issues stress can trigger. Relaxation helps counteract these effects by giving your body a chance to calm down!
2. You will think more quickly and clearer
Continuous stress will do some pretty unpleasant things to our mind. Science has linked many diseases to frayed nerves. Paranoia, depression, several syndromes and even just a general feeling of not thinking straight can come from too much stress in your life. It all comes down to how you think and can cause you to make bad decisions. By adding some you time and allowing yourself to relax you can put your troubles on hold and let your mind recover. If your mind is calm, you can evaluate your daily task, projects and problems more quickly than if you’re burdened with unnecessary and often unrelated worries.
3.Your emotions will be more leveled out
We all plead guilty to having at least one crazy outburst of emotions-whether you care to admit it or not! When stress has you completely overwhelmed and tired, you tend to operate with less conscious control over your emotional response. This can lead to you lashing out at the people you care about, or even upsetting strangers (that’s probably why the barista gave you the wrong coffee order). Relaxing will allow for better control over your emotions. When you are calm and relaxed, it allows you to examine your emotions without acting on them and helps you ensure your emotional response is fitting for the situation.
4. You will be more efficient at work
Depending on your workplace, it can be very difficult to stay relaxed during your workday. Between deadlines, frivolous meetings, annoying co-workers and difficult customers, it feels almost impossible to keep a cool head. This in turn can lead to you becoming one of those annoying co-workers, making work an even worse place to be. Although it is easier said than done, it is best to stay relaxed. You will have a better sense of reasoning and problem solving (recharged mind). You can also bank on enjoying more energy and better concentration when you have the feel good mentality. Your relaxed demeanor can even encourage your fellow co-workers to follow suit and create a more pleasant work environment.
5. You’ll help boost those around you
Stress has a tendency to spread. The domino effect of stress starts with one person showing signs of stress, leading to an entire group of people’s minds to thinking about all the things causing them concern. Emotions and attitudes, good or bad, are contagious and have energy to them. The best way to combat stress in a group is to try your best to relax. It’s amazing how far a smile and a few encouraging words can relax someone that is feeling stressed!
Adding relaxation to our routine seems like a luxury just out of our reach, but you would be surprised at how easy it to de-stress your life! Some quick and easy ways to add relaxation to your life include listening to your favorite music, reading a book, enjoying a glass of wine after work, and my personal favorite, lighting an aromatherapy candle. Another great way to relax is to visit your local Planet Beach, which offers an array of push of the button relaxation services. My absolute favorite Planet Beach relaxation service is the DreamWave Massage-in just 20 minutes I get a massage like no other, as it reduces stress and fatigue, relieves pain, promotes better sleep and increases better blood circulation! Taking 20-45 minutes 2 to 3 times a week can help reduce your stress and better your health overall. How can you say you don’t have time for that?