Take time to relax to improve your quality of life

“Sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is relax.” Mark Black

Exploring relaxation can help you give yourself a mental break when you are stressed. Stress has been linked to many health conditions, from heart problems to dementia, so using relaxation techniques can boost your overall well-being and improve your quality of life. 

How does relaxation benefit your health?

  • Improves concentration
  • Improves digestion
  • Increases blood flow
  • Lessens anger and frustration
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers risk of stroke
  • Promotes emotional well-being
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Slows heart rate

Many relaxation exercises can be done in a short amount of time and can fit into your daily life. Try to incorporate some of the following relaxation tips into your day.

Take a break – just stepping away from something for a few minutes or taking time away from the normal routine can provide the opportunity to feel calmer. 

Try active relaxation- gentle exercise can help you relax. Take a walk, look for a class, and try some stretches.

Focus on your breathing – learning to breathe more deeply can help you feel a lot calmer. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth and consider counting as you breathe. Determine what is most comfortable for you. 

Get creative – 

Spend time in nature – take a walk in a green space, take notice 

Listen to music – music can connect to your emotions and relax you.

Take a break from technology – try stepping away from technology for an hour, turn off your phone, tv, and computer, and try some of the ideas above. 

There are so many benefits linked to relaxation, so it’s crucial to find techniques or activities that work for you. 

If you are finding life hard right now and these tips do not feel possible, it is ok to ask for help. You are not alone. If you have concerns about your mental health, please contact your primary care provider or mental health professional.

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