Why is it Important to take a Rest and Relax?

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In each lives of every individual, we tend to take advantage of our bodies, minds, and wellness. May it be in our studies, work, families, friends, relationships, and other more activities. That being said, it can be really hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But it is also a general fact that taking good care of your body and mind can make a whole lot of difference in how healthy you are in general. Thus, rest and relaxation will help you do better and enjoy life more.

In my kind of lifestyle everyday – I’m commuting back and forth to and from work, at the same time am also doing extra activities on the side – this kind of lifestyle can really drain my body out. Not only will my physical health be affected but also my mental health. That’s why taking good care of yourself is a must. Self-love for me is a non-negotiable thing. Give yourself some love even if it may take a little extra time and effort. But trust me, it’ worth it.

Did You Know?

Based on research, if you get less than eight hours of sleep a night, your alertness, productivity, creativity, and general health may all be affected. It is very important to get in excess of eight hours sleep a night because between the seventh and eighth hour is when we get almost an hour of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is the time when the mind repairs itself and grows new connections.

Importance and Benefits of Rest and Relaxation

Your Overall Mood will Improve

High stress levels have been verified to decrease the dopamine and serotonin levels in your body, which is linked to depression. Relaxing gives us the opportunity to decompress and give our minds a break from the stress happening in the outer world, and I’m sure we can all agree that lack of sleep puts us in a grumpy mood.

Your Memory will Improve

Not being able to attain those 7+ hours of sleep every night also affects our memory. Studies have shown that constant stress affects the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that lets us to think abstractly and perform better, healthier decisions. Studies have also shown that too much stress can be linked to Alzheimer’s, due to the growth of certain proteins in the brain.

Relaxing = A better night’s sleep = Sharper memory and concentration.

Your Thoughts will Calm and Focus Will Improve

Too much worry can also wear us down, as can continuous mental chatter or any kind of mental strain. When we set time to relax, we should also focus on calming our thoughts and letting our minds rest. This can often be more restorative than the physical aspects of relaxation.

Your Creativity will Stimulate

Creativity is one of those things that gets stronger the more we concentrate on it, but stress and busyness separate us from the creative potential within us. Though it may seem contradicting to set aside time to relax in the middle of a busy schedule, doing so can actually help us to increase our productivity, finish more in less time, and feel happier overall.

You’ll Lower the Chances of Getting Sick

When we’re experiencing lingering stress, it lessens our body’s ability to fight inflammation. Thus, causing our immune cells to be less sensitive to the hormone that “turns off” inflammation. Start squeezing in time to relax your body and mind, and it will pay off in the long run.

End Note

It is never a selfish act to treat yourself a time and just rest, relax, reflect, and unwind. You can spend time in a beach watching the beautiful nature, or you can just stay home, relax and sleep. Whichever ways you want to do it, you deserve it. It is better not to push yourself to the point where you are forced to find out how your body chooses to deal with not having enough rest. Be kind to yourself and take some time out.