How to Make Relaxation a Part of Your Daily Routine and Why You Should

Posted by on October 30, 2015 in Conscious Living, Happiness & Humor, Thrive with 0 Comments

Dr. Thomas B. Trafecanty | Collective Evolution

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In a world of go-go-go, there’s not much time left to relax between work and endless to-do lists.

To some people, it may seem like a waste of time, but putting in that little bit of effort can make those few minutes of relaxation well worth it.

Take a look at why relaxing is important and how you can enjoy these benefits. Without relaxation you can remain tired, stressed, unhealthy and get sick more often.

Many say rest is as important as the work we do day to day as without it, we wouldn’t be effective.

Benefits of Relaxation

Not sure if you have the time or willpower to take a relaxing break? Consider these benefits:


1. It Boosts Your Productivity

Too many people never take the time for a breather. Only one in five employees actually take a proper lunch break — with 39 percent citing that they eat lunch at their desk — according to Right Management research. However, research has shown that taking the time to relax can actually help you get more done. The New York Times reports that working in 90-minute intervals with a break in between can maximize productivity and actually help you get more done — even if you’re spending less time working.

Related Article: 4 Types of Meditation to Relax Your Body and Lighten Up Your Mind

2. It Improves Memory & Relaxation

Perhaps one reason relaxation boosts productivity is because it can help improve memory and concentration. This is evidenced by a study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington. In this study, they found that employees who were trained in relaxation and those who were trained in meditation showed improved memory. Those who practiced meditation also stayed more focused and reported feeling less negative about tasks performed.

3. It Improves Your Well-Being

In 2014, Gallup surveyed Americans about their vacation habits. What they found was that those who took more vacation time also reported a higher level of well-being than those who didn’t take vacations. In fact, their research concluded that vacation frequency may be a better predictor of well-being than income level.

4. It Reduces Stress

Stress is a natural response that has its benefits in certain situations, but stress can become overwhelming to a point where it interferes with your everyday life. In America, 75 percent of adults feel so stressed that they feel unhealthy because of it. Taking the time to relax can combat this stress by activating your body’s natural relaxation response, which in turn can boost your mood!

Related Article: You Can Relax: 8 Natural Remedies for Anxiety

5. It Boosts Health

While it may seem like common sense that relaxing helps soothe the mind, did you know it can actually have benefits on the body as well? The Huffington Post reports on the benefits of relaxation, citing that it can:

  • Reduce your risk of heart problems
  • Lower your chance of catching a cold
  • Lower your risk of stroke
  • Promote healthy eating and therefore a healthier body weight
  • Reduce acne
  • Slow onset of breast cancer

Relaxation techniques have even been shown to reduce physical aches, too. For instance, certain yoga stretches can help relieve lower back pain.

While relaxation boosts your mood and makes your mind feel better, it also has a physiological response on the body, including lowering blood pressure, which makes it a beneficial exercise for both the physical and mental aspects of health.

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