Why it is important to relax

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Happy Friday everybody! Has it been a tough week this week? Have we been keeping you on your toes with posts about the never ending stream of jobs you should apply for, and things you should do on top of all your University work? Well, here’s your time to chill out. It’s a Friday! And believe it or not, relaxing actually is proven to benefit your work style as well as your lifestyle. Check this out below:

So, we know that relaxation is good for us, but how exactly?

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.

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.

Here are some more websites linked to why to relax:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/stress-awareness-day-relaxation-benefits_n_1424820.html

This one even explains how:

http://www.hifit.co.uk/health-breaks/importance-relaxation.htm

Hope this helps!

Holly and Connor x

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