They say if you want to learn how to get things done, ask a busy person.
There’s truth to that and to this: if you want to learn how to become a ball of stress, ask a busy person. Being busy is often worn as a badge of honor. It’s great to be productive, but it is also vital to practice the art of unwinding and rejuvenating.
Let’s dive into the transformative health benefits of giving ourselves permission to hit the pause button and recharge.
Mental Clarity and Creativity
First up, mental rejuvenation.
Ever notice how your best ideas come to you not when you’re hunched over your laptop at midnight but perhaps during a quiet walk or a leisurely shower?
That’s no coincidence.
Taking time to relax and do things we enjoy like reading a book, meditating, or simply daydreaming, can significantly boost our mental clarity and creativity. Take it from me and the science people who conduct sciency studies like the ones mentioned here.
The bad: chronic stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, leading to problems like hypertension, heart disease, and a weakened immune system.
The good: stepping back and engaging in non-stressful activities like yoga, painting, or baking, allows us to downshift from the high alert state and reduce the levels of stress hormones like cortisol.
Speaking of baking, did you know that stressed spelled backward is desserts?
And racecar spelled backward is racecar, but that’s neither here nor there.
Improved Physical Health
Recharging has tangible physical health benefits, too.
Adequate rest and relaxation can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke, and improve sleep quality. When we’re well-rested, our body’s systems are in better balance, from our heart to our digestive system, enhancing overall health and vitality.
Also, when we’re well-rested, we’re the non-jerk versions of ourselves.
Enhanced Emotional Well-being
If scheduling me-time sounds selfish, then cool.
When we carve out moments just for us, it’s like giving our emotional health a big, strong shield, keeping those tough anxiety and depression gremlins at bay. Diving into activities that fill our batteries—be it painting, dancing in our living room, or sipping a cup of tea—can really crank up the happiness volume.
It’s all about lighting up our mood and seeing life with those rose-tinted glasses firmly on.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: when we feel better, it helps our relationships.
Just blew your mind, didn’t I?
When we’re all juiced up and feeling top-notch, the people around us get to enjoy the best version of us, too. Suddenly, we’re there in the moment, way more chill and ready to really listen. By giving ourselves this dose of TLC, we’ve got so much more love and patience to spread around.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it—and you should—is to carve out time in your calendar to take it easy.
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Enjoy the Zen.
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