Everyone knows modern life is stressful, and women live such busy lives combining families, careers and other commitments, that it’s hardly surprising stress is becoming a significant cause of health problems. Even if you’re fully aware of how vital relaxation is as part of a healthy lifestyle, you may still have trouble making it a priority. The problem is that your health is so fundamental to how well you do in life, that if you don’t learn to care for your own needs, you put your entire lifestyle at risk.
What is relaxation?
You might think you know what relaxation is, but how much do you really know? If relaxation conjures up images of flopping on the sofa watching Netflix and drinking a bottle of wine, you need to learn a lot more about true relaxation.
To gain the real benefit of relaxation, you need to be able to unclench every muscle in your body that you can consciously control. This gives your tissues a chance to relax and soften and reduces the production of stress hormones that make the problem worse. You also need to be able to clear your mind so that it too gets a break from the constant whirl of thoughts and worries.
Drink and drugs are not the answer
If you’ve been turning to the wine or spirits, smoking more than you used to, or feel you’re starting to rely on medications or narcotics, you need to take action to reduce the levels of chemicals entering your bloodstream. These substances interfere with your ability to think clearly, and can end up making you more anxious, as well as physically unwell, in the long run.
Be honest about what methods you’re currently using to relax, and look at ways to help yourself through with a detoxification or withdrawal program such as those provided by Inspire Malibu. A residential stay in a rehabilitation unit could be just what you need to break free of any unhealthy habits you’ve gotten in to and help you learn how to relax effectively.
Don’t flinch from the idea of meditating, as there are many different forms to try and a good proportion of them are simple ten-minute sessions you can undertake almost anywhere. There are numerous resources available online to guide you through the meditation process, including audio and video guides you can access for free. Mindfulness is a popular form of meditation that takes the principles of traditional forms of meditation and simplifies them, so they’re easy to understand and perform.
It’s important that you’re aware of the feeling of true relaxation during meditation. Otherwise, you won’t benefit from what you’re doing. If you find it hard to meditate, try joining a yoga class, where following your stretching and posing session, you’ll be guided through a short relaxation process by your teacher. With their help, you’ll experience the feeling of floating, letting go of all tensions, and if you do well, the sensation of true peace.