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Benefits of Regular Relaxation

Relaxation is beneficial on many different levels and has a direct impact on our wellbeing.  It is an essential requirement that is all too often ignored, or overridden,  as we strive to drive ourselves on further than is good for ourselves.

 

How important is relaxation? And what exactly will it do for you? The answers may surprise you...

Numerous studies have shown that relaxing well regularly can:

  • Protect you from mental health problems

  • Improve general feeling of wellbeing & lift mood

  • Improve your immune system function

  • Reduce muscle tension

  • Aid memory and learning

  • Improve your coping and problem solving skills

  • Improve quality of sleep

  • Improve creativity

  • Decrease the likelihood of heart attack and stroke

  • Reduce the incidence of a 2nd heart attack

How the body responds to regular relaxation

There has been so much research carried out into the benefits of relaxation, that it's impossible to do more than skim the surface here. The main points are:

 

  • Because stress hormones suppress the immune response, relaxation allows the immune system to recover and so function more effectively.

  • Relaxation lowers blood pressure in many people and so decreases the likelihood of stroke and heart attack.

  • Relaxation gives you a 'break' from things and lowers activity within the emotional centre of your brain.  As a result you will enjoy feeling calmer. 

  • The brain has a regular need for dedicated right-hemispheric activity (the creative side of our brain). Most of us tend to override and ignore this need, but with regular relaxation this can be improved.

The key to using relaxation techniques regularly is to build them into your lifestyle and this is why I have set up these weekly guided relaxation sessions. The motivation for sticking with it comes from the results you get. I always say to clients, "You don't have to believe me, just give it a go. If it doesn't help you, then stop. But if you don't try it, you'll never know what you're missing."