What is Relaxation
To truly know What is relaxation, you first must know the affects of stress on your health.
According to this Time Magazine article
‘Stress - Can We Cope ?’,
Stress is a major factor in many of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Stress is now known to be a major contributor, either directly or indirectly, to coronary heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidental injuries, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide—six of the leading causes of death in the U.S. says the Times. "Ten or 15 years ago, we thought there was no therapy for stress," says Stanford Psychiatrist Stewart Agras. "Now we know that relaxation is not a gimmick; it works."
In addition to the above notations stress also effects:
blood pressureenergy levels increased cholesterol levels increased physical and emotional tensiondigestive problemssuppression of the immune system
all of which contribute too many illnesses.
Now that you have an understanding of the negative affects of stress you have the knowledge of all of those negative effects you can reverse with relaxation.
What is relaxation?
Relaxation is a restoration of the balance between mind and body.
The release of the stress hormone adrenaline is reduced when you relax, along with other benefits such as: blood pressure lowers, energy levels increase, cholesterol is decreased, built up tension is released, digestive problems improve and the immune system strengthens.
The practices of techniques such as yoga, breathing, physical fitness, meditation
, visualizations, progressive muscle relaxation, biofeedback therapy, aromatherapy, massage
, progressive relaxation and hypnosis
are all used to trigger the relaxation response.
Relaxation is a contributor to life satisfaction, quality of life, health and wellness. It is essential to the longevity of human beings, especially because it helps counteract stress.
Physical fitness is associated with the release of endorphins that are neurotransmitters that reduce pain and anxiety, enhance the immune system and retard the aging process. So stay active and choose to do the things you enjoy, maybe hiking, swimming, bike riding, walking etc. as long as you do something, even a small something, every day to keep moving.
If you have never been introduced to the power of essential oils this may be a good time to expand your knowledge. Using a diffuser in your home, essential oils can be used to not only enhance mood but they can strengthen and support every system in your body including; your skeletal system, your muscular system, circulatory system, respiratory system and immune system and so much more. Balancing your body can dramatically reduce feelings of stress. I offer a free Essential Oils Class 101 audio here that will quickly boost your knowledge in this area.
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