Word-Of-the-Week #784: Relaxation

August 15, 2019 by  

Relaxation what you need to have to reduce stress.

How often do you take time for relaxation? Do you even know how to relax? When you go on vacation how long does it take you to fully unwind? You have taken a vacation and time out from work, right?

This week I am rerunning a WOW because August 15th is “National Relaxation Day!” Time Magazine featured an article titled, “Six Ways to Handle Stress.” First, “There’s more than one way to relieve stress.” This week I will share the first three.

  1. Breathe Deeply. Regular, slow breathing – a common characteristic of meditation and prayer – alerts your brain that you are in a safe place far away from predators. It also relaxes your heart, decreases blood pressure, and removes waste from the bloodstream.

This is something I do all the time. It‘s guaranteed to calm me down if I am feeling stressed out. 

  1. Take a Vacation. A change of scenery clears the head, recharges the batteries and, according to a recent study sponsored by Air New Zealand, improves reaction time 82% – provided that you ignore your e-mail and allow a couple of weeks to disengage and unwind.

Bali Hammock Sunset Relaxation Asia Indonesia Sun

My response to that is, “Checking my email and updating my blog is actually more relaxing to me than putting it off. But I designate only one time a day for that.” How about you? 

  1. Make Friends. Social isolation increases the physiological damage caused by stress. A 2006 survey found that Americans have only two close friends with whom they can confide their deepest concerns – down from three friends 20 years ago.

The good news is, I go on vacations with my best friend and LOVE of my life! We are great travel buddies as we have the same interests and energy level.

This week’s focus is on relaxation. Are you able to do that or do you feel guilty? Do you take time to breathe deeply? Sometimes just getting up and taking a short walk helps reduce stress. Have you had a vacation of at least one week in the last year? Do you have friends with whom you can confide in?

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