For a lot of us, relaxation may seem like an indulgence, but it’s a lot more than that. Relaxation is an important part of your health and your productivity!
It will probably come as no surprise that relaxation is good for your emotional health. Nobody really enjoys that frazzled, frantic feeling that comes when you’ve gone too long without relaxing! On the other hand, taking even a few minutes to relax and recharge can have you feeling better almost immediately.
In addition to your emotional health, relaxation is also important for your physical health. According to this article published by the American Psychological Association, long-term stress can depress your immune system and leave you more vulnerable to disease or infection. Chronic headaches and increased blood pressure have also been linked to chronic stress, which can be a serious problem for people who don’t take adequate time to relax.
Finally, according to this study, long working hours with little break time can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. That’s why it’s important to build relaxation right into your day. Every so often, take a short break to relax and recharge. If you’re at work, it could be as simple as taking a quick walk around the building or doing some breathing exercises at your desk. It doesn’t matter how you choose to relax, as long as you do it!
Still not convinced? What if we told you that taking breaks and relaxing can also help you be more productive? You see, your thinking can be broken into two basic states: focused thinking and diffused thinking. Focused thinking occurs when you’re actively trying to accomplish something, and diffused thinking is the more relaxed state that occurs when you’re not directly focused on any one thing. While focused thinking may sound more productive, diffused thinking is actually just as important.
Have you ever worked on a tough problem and walked away in frustration, only to have a breakthrough once you’ve stopped giving the problem your full attention? That’s because of diffused thinking. This state of thinking, which comes naturally when you take a break, allows your mind to think more creatively and make connections that you may have missed in focused thinking!
Relaxation is important for your health and for your productivity, so be sure to make it a priority. For more tips for living a happy, healthy life, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!