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RELAX ... and feel better


Do you find it difficult to relax?

These days, we're all so time-pressed, or stressed, that it can be difficult to find even 30 minutes for ourselves to turn off. 

Yet medical research increasingly shows that relaxation is essential for vitality.

That’s because proper relaxation is crucial to the health of your nervous system, which affects your immune system.
Each person’s autonomic nervous system is responsible for regulating digestion, circulation, breathing and the rest of our unconscious body processes. There are two sides to this system - the sympathetic and the parasympathetic.
The sympathetic nervous system is the fight or flight side while the parasympathetic side is for healing and relaxation.
For good health, it’s important to get these two in balance.
Relaxation is a vital part of well-being, confirms psychotherapist Shirley Hughes of The Calm Zone.
But the stress of our busy lives often affects our moods, our thinking and our nervous systems.
Regular deep relaxation can be an antidote to help us return to the harmonious state of equilibrium. It can be life transforming as it instantly improves mental, emotional and physical health.
Some ways to relax fully include meditation, or listening to a relaxation or mediation CD.
You could also go for a walk in nature, do yoga or tai chi, enjoy arts, music or dancing, or take advantage of pet therapy and laughter.
Deep breathing is the first readily available resource to call on to help calm and relax us, according to Shirley.
She says prioritising time for yourself, even if it is only 30 minutes a day when you can tune out and turn off, will pay long-term benefits.
Just say no to others’ demands and carve out some time to yourself.
“It’s important if you want to feel happier and healthier.”

The benefits of relaxing 

Some of the many benefits of deep relaxation, particularly in the area of health are:-
Improved health and vitality, memory, and appearance
Vitamins and minerals in our food are absorbed more effectively
The body and the muscles will generally heal quicker after exercise
The immune system is strengthened and protects the body from illness and disease
The sex drive is improved and normalised as the whole body rests, wellbeing is increased and the body functions more efficiently.
The more often you relax, the more able to achieve the things you want to achieve.

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