The Importance of Relaxation

Knowing and accepting the importance of relaxation in your daily life can truly impact emotional and mental wellbeing.

“If you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race” – Oprah Winfrey

The same too is said of not taking time to rest and recharge. Running on empty will begin to impact your attitude, your ability to think positively, as well as your desire to socialise and engage with others.

If you’ve been feeling a disconnect from yourself, others, or positive ways of thinking. Perhaps a moment to rest will provide you with the energetic surge needed to shift into a space that is more beneficial to your good spirits.

Signs you need to rest and rejuvenate your energy:

You are struggling to focus

Work, study, any mentally required tasks become unmanageable. When our mind wont allow us to focus on the tasks at hand, it’s trying to tell us that our brain needs a rest.

Always tired

When we’re mentally fatigued, we become more easily physically fatigued.

Lack of a full nights Sleep

This one may seem ironic, given the desire and need to rest. However, not sleeping right is a sign that something is going on. Effected sleep often aligns with signals of struggle in the mind and body.

Disinterested

Tasks, hobbies, people and places that you once loved become harder to maintain interest when we are in need of rest.

Change in attitude

Becoming more solemn, cranky and quick tempered.

Becoming unwell more often

You may have heard before, “you’d better rest before coming ill.” When we are in need of relaxation and rest, our immunity, psychical energy levels and defences are become lowered. Our body is using all of our energy to cope with the exhaustion. Therefore, we can become more prone to illness.

As a remedy, the things you can do to relax and begin rejuvenating the mind, body and spirit need not be complicated. Outside of simply switching off and completing tasks that bring you joy, here are some other ways to aid yourself back into calm.

Relaxation Practices For The Mind:

  • Breathwork. Taking slow and deep breaths in, holding for a moment before release out the mouth. Slow and conscious breathing tells our bodies that it is time to wind down, aligning our body with the motions of rest.
  • A warm bath. A shower will work here, however a bath puts us into the space of relaxation because we’re in the same position as when we go to sleep.
  • Listen to soft, smooth, soothing music.
  • Meditation. If breathwork seems too much of a task, play a meditation soundtrack and allow your thoughts to be guided or wander freely with the sounds. A mindfulness meditation will give your thoughts something to focus on and draw your energy into a slow and relaxed state of consciousness.
  • Write down how you’re feeling. Being aware of your thoughts and emotions, and releasing them onto the page is a great relaxation technique
  • Guided thoughts. If you’re a visually minded person, perhaps taking your thoughts to a place where you feel the most rested.

Relaxation Practices For The Mind:

  • Yoga. Join a class, go on YouTube, read a Yoga book. Yoga is a very calm, safe and grounding practice that will restore positive energy flow to the body.
  • Muscle Relaxation. Laying down, bring your mind to each area of the body. At each area tense and release the muscles gently. This will not only calm your body, but also is a great practice for calming the mind.
  • Outdoors. Spend some time doing something you enjoy outdoors. This can be as gentle an activity as you can manage. Just 10-20 minutes can do wonders.

Whatever works for yourself is best. However, in our busy lives we often forget the importance of seeing to our needs too. With all the tasks and responsibilities, rejuvenating the mind and body can quickly become the least important priority.

Allow making time for yourself to become a routine and integral part of your daily self-care routine.


Consulted Works

  • Anspaugh DJ, et al. (2011). Coping with and managing stress. In Wellness: Concepts and Applications, 8th ed., pp. 307–340. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Freeman L (2009). Relaxation therapy. In Mosby’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Research-Based Approach, 3rd ed., pp. 129–157. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

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