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Relaxation is Good for You

You already know that daily life can be physically and mentally draining and extremely stressful. And the symptoms of chronic stress undermine your ability to carry out your daily tasks. Relaxation by contrast enhances your performance by relieving and preventing your physical and psychological symptoms of chronic stress. Relaxation is more than an escape from the stress in your life; relaxation revitalizes you, it heals your mind and body, and it benefits you in countless ways.

So suspend your reasons for not doing relaxation for as long as it takes to read this page. Then consider making relaxation a part of your lifestyle.

Benefits of Relaxation
Research on various relaxation techniques indicates that concrete physiological changes occur as people relax. These changes are the opposite of the 'fight or flight' response. They include:

  • Decreased heart rate
  • Lower oxygen consumption
  • Less secretion of lactic acid into the blood (this chemical is secreted during the activity of skeletal muscles)
  • Slower sympathetic nervous system activity (the part of the involuntary nervous system responsible for the 'fight or flight' response
  • Increased number of alpha brain waves reflecting slower brainwave activity
  • Decreased tension in skeletal muscles

In short, relaxation slows down the brain and body and permits it to repair itself without you having to go to sleep. Relaxation isn't a gimmick -- it's well worth trying.


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