National Relaxation Day
August 15, 2012
"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it."~ Sydney J. Harris
The physical problems related to chronic stress include the lowering of the immune response, chronic muscle tension, and increased blood pressure. These problems can eventually lead to serious life-threatening illnesses such as heart attacks, kidney disease, and cancer. Stress is the emotional and physical way in which we respond to pressure. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that two-thirds of all office visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms. Psychological studies show that your mind and your body are strongly linked. As your mental health declines, your physical health can wear down, and if your physical health declines, it can make you feel mentally "down." A positive outlook can help keep you healthy.
I take mini vacations; here are some valuable relaxation techniques.
- Take a time-out. Find a quiet place, take a few deep breaths, and concentrate on releasing tension and calming your heartbeat. Quiet your mind and remember: Time might change things. Breathe Deeply: Take a deep breathe, hold it for three seconds, and then slowly let it out for the count of five. Repeat ten times.
- Stay focused on the present.
- Replace the stressful thoughts. See yourself relaxed and calm.
- Try listening to 30 minutes of classical music or nature sounds. By aligning your heartbeat with the slow tempo of music or nature sounds, this can help calm the heartbeat.
- Chamomile tea could help calm your mind.
- Finally, I suggest you talk to a friend. When talking things through, you will find that you either cannot do anything about your situation, or that things are not as bad as you thought.
Life is precious, don’t waste it being stressed out about things you can't change or you’re too stressed out to manage. So, celebrate National Relaxation Day on August 15th, reduce your stress, recharge and be kind to yourself.
Blue Springs North Branch