The importance of relaxing

In this fast life we live today people tend to forget how important it is to just relax and wind down once in a while. It is because of this that most people do not even know how to. Indeed, more often than not the significance of relaxation seems to be ignored. Too much work and not enough time for us may result in various health problems, both physically and mentally.

Relaxation is a means of getting rid of the daily stresses we face in life, whether obtained from school, work or just life in general. If ignored, these will soon catch up with us. In keeping our stress levels low, the benefits are endless. Being able to relax helps to lower blood pressure and heart disease and thus avoid heart attack. It also aids in improving m digestion. The reason behind this is that digestion is controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system which, if we are stressed or anxious, shuts down resulting in inhibited digestion. Therefore, being able to relax every once in a while not only helps to avoid mental health issues but also consequently improves your physical health.

There are a few ways that one can help themselves. Many seem to think that sitting down in front of the television or sleeping are the best ways to relax – wrong! My personal favourite is taking a long, warm bath at the end of the day, lighting candles and incense just to add to the aura. Having a busy schedule doesn’t often permit this as I am usually rushing in to the house and back out again within minutes, which means a quick shower is on the books as it is far less time-consuming. Finding time once in a while to indulge in a bubble bath helps me to clear my mind and let my body give in to complete relaxation – besides the fact that my skin feels super soft afterwards!

Music is another useful way of helping you to unwind. Listening to relaxing music like Buddha Bar, oriental tunes or classical music can be soothing. Relaxation exercises however are possibly one of the best methods. These include deep breathing, muscle relaxation exercises, stretching, yoga, meditation and visualisation. Different techniques can be found in various books, DVDs or even online. Once you’ve mastered whatever you enjoy most, it could be a brilliant way of achieving and maintaining a healthy balance. Another option, if you’re willing to spend a few Euros on ultimate relaxation, would be a massage. This loosens any tight muscles, releasing any build-up of tension and in the process allows you to clear your stressed mind.

Finding the best method that suits your schedule, fitness level and personal preference will help your relaxation session to be more successful. Take a few minutes whenever possible to clear your mind and relax your body, and I can guarantee that you’ll feel much healthier and happier in no time.

Claire Camilleri