Why is it important to relax?

Fact: We don’t just relax because it’s fun; there is actually a really strong connection between relaxation and both our mental and physical health. Don’t believe us? Just ask Science. Check out some of the potential causes of stress and why relaxation is important in managing them. If you just can’t relax, there are steps you can take.

Read this if:

  • You have trouble finding time to relax
  • You’re often really stressed
  • You’re not so sure why relaxation is so important
 
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Life can get pretty full on sometimes, and when it does, it’s important that we know how to deal with it. We’ve all got a bunch of different things that we have to manage, like study, work and our personal lives. When these pressures are being thrown our way, relaxation is a really effective tool for looking after our health, both physical and mental. All it takes is a little bit of time each day to put your feet up and you’ll be benefiting your wellbeing in more ways than one. Stuck for idea on how to relax? It’s not all bubble baths and scented candles – check out some other ways to relax.

Why is it so important to relax?

So, we know that relaxation is good for us, but how exactly? Check out some of the more excellent benefits of getting in some good zen time every day:

You’ll keep your stress levels in check. Stress in small amounts is okay – it motivates us to get stuff done. When it starts hanging around for a long time and affecting our everyday lives, it’s time to take some steps to get it under control. Daily relaxation helps to manage stress levels.

You’ll sleep better. Sleep is not only lots of fun, it also plays a really important role in making sure that we’re functioning our best throughout the day. Find time to relax every night before bed and chances are you’ll find your quality of sleep improves. Check out more info on how to get a good night’s sleep.

Your mood will improve. A great way to improve your mood is to give relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation a go. It involves relaxing the muscles, and it helps to get stress and anxiety under control. It takes practice, but it’s worthwhile.

Your memory will improve and you’ll find it easier to concentrate. As mentioned above, relaxation usually means a better night’s sleep, which in turn does wonders for our memory and our concentration. 

You’ll be reducing your chance of physical illness in the long run. Being stressed for long periods of time puts lots of stress on our bodies, especially on our hearts. Make it a habit to relax regularly now, and you’ll be doing yourself a favour in the long run. 

You’ll enjoy it. End of story. 

Can’t relax?

For many people, daily relaxation is easier said than done.  It can be hard to find the time, or you might find that even as you’re trying to relax, your brain is racing through all of the different things you have to do. Like most things, relaxation takes practice, but if you’re having a lot of trouble relaxing it’s a good idea to have a chat about it to someone you trust like a parent, teacher or counsellor. If you’re worried about it, make an appointment with your GP and together you can figure out a plan to get it under control.

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Last reviewed: 12 August, 2015
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