It’s Ok and Important to Relax

We live nowadays in a “go, go, go” society and one that expects so much from us. In a world where so much is expected from us and where there is so much to do, it is very important and necessary to relax.

Yes, it’s ok to relax and it’s important to relax. It doesn’t make you a lazy person, don’t think you will get bored if you just relax. Relaxing gives your body a moment to recuperate, to gather strength, your mind has a moment to process all the information and messages that it receives during the day. Relaxing allows you to be present, mindful of what is going on around you and it helps center you which is so important in order for you to feel peace and at ease.

Being always on the go, go, go places stress on the body and having that kind of stress on the body on a daily basis, with time, leads to lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and so on. Any spare moment that you can take to relax, even if it is five minutes, do so. Not doing this is doing such a disservice to your body. Your mind and body works very hard everyday so it deserves that break! Just like you would care for your child or a loved one, you need to care for your body and this is one way.

“What are some ways that I can relax?” you might ask. There are different ways, it’s just a matter of finding what works for you. If you feel the stress on a certain part of your body, stop for a moment and take five deep breathes. If nature relaxes you, whenever you can, take a moment to walk in the park or beach and if this isn’t possible, imagine and picture for about five minutes a place that brings you  joy. If you’re at home and can take a little nap, do so, but not for more than 30 minutes (I will discuss why at another time). For me, reading a good book relaxes me. Find whatever it is that works for you and apply it.

In this kind of society it is becoming crucial to relax. Our body is not an electrical machine and even machines break down from time to time. With this said, if you want to be more energetic, if you want to feel more positive, if you want to be more productive, RELAX! Your body and your mind deserves it.

A Little Slowing Down Is Necessary In Life

Here I am, in the city, sitting down in Dunking Donuts and sipping on my decaf tea at 4 pm while waiting to go to the pharmacy to pick up my dad’s medication. I have to wait an hour for my dad’s medication. An hour! “Gosh!”, anyone would think, “What can I do for an hour waiting for some medication?” My response, just sit back and drink some decaf tea. Yes, just sit and read a little. Just sit and watch people walk by while sipping on my tea.

Lots of times we just rush, rush, rush, always rushing to do the next thing that needs to get done. I know that’s what I used to do only to realize I was rushing for nothing, stressing myself, slowly making myself sick and not enjoying the moment. Whether you realize it or not, it is important for your mental, emotional and physical health to just slow down and take a  moment to just appreciate the moment and just relax. Take it slow. Always being in a rush actually activates the sympathetic system which is involved in the flight and fight response when we perceive danger and this is dangerous for our health on a constant, daily basis.

Slowing down allows you to take in the moment, thus, enjoying it. Slowing down relaxes the body allowing you to be calm, your mind to be clear and emotionally in balance. Isn’t balance something that we are constantly striving to have? Well, slowing down is part of the equation in order to achieve that balance. The next time you find yourself having to wait long in line, wait to get anything, take that as an opportunity to just relax, slow down and even still, to enjoy that very moment.

If you are the type who is always in a rush or Type A personality, this will take some time. Whatever it takes for you to reach that point of learning to slow down, give yourself that time. It will be so worth it and it is a small investment you are making towards your health and wellbeing. Wellbeing doesn’t come overnight so any small deposit you make will make a difference. This act of slowing down, you will slowly notice, will provide you with some inner peace, also necessary for our wellbeing.

Any moment you can take to slow down, take it. Trust me, it is NOT a waste of time but a small deposit to your health and wellbeing and towards living to the max.