The Art of Relaxing and Resting

by Dr. Regina Campbell

“It is nice finding that place where you can just go and relax.”  Moises Arias

RelaxWe live in world that is full of hustle and bustle. People are constantly on the go; going from one place to the next. In the business arena employees go from one meeting to the next and from one project to the next project. It seems like today everything is fast pace. What is missing is the beauty of relaxing and resting. The Holiday time is a good opportunity to take it all in and truly relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Allow yourself to be refueled by the laughter and time spent with family and friends. Take the time to truly look back over the year and commemorated blessings. Don’t allow the rush hour traffic or the busyness of traffic at the mall to unravel your temper, just take it all in. Learn to slow down your mind and enjoy the winter brisk breeze and the cold blistery winter.

Relaxing is different for everyone for some it is watching a movie, listening to soft jazz, reading a book, knitting or working a cross word puzzle. You must learn to find out what brings your mind out of the hustle and bustle and find time to engage in those activities that do not require you to use a lot of your energy and mind to complete. I love to watch movies or spend time with family and friends over a great meal. The most enjoyable time for me is to write and allow the presence of the inner thoughts to flow as I drink a hot cup of green tea.

In addition learn to rest and get an ample amount of sleep so you can be mentally sharp and fully engaged in your daily tasks. Many of us know is it imperative for us to get ample of sleep but our days are long and full of important responsibilities. If you spend 3 or more days with only 4 to 5 hours a night of rest this is considered unhealthy.

According to the Medical Doctor’s Clinic a lack of sleep affects us in many ways:

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-requirements

1. Causes Accidents – vehicle, on the job such as the oil spill of the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, and others.

2. Sleep Loss Dumbs You Down – Sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways.

3. Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Serious Health Problems – Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can put you at risk for: Heart disease, Heart attack, Heart failure, Irregular heartbeat, High blood pressure, Stroke and Diabetes. According to some estimates, 90% of people with insomnia — a sleep disorder characterized by trouble falling and staying asleep — also have another health condition.

4. Sleepiness Is Depressing – Over time, lack of sleep and sleep disorders can contribute to the symptoms of depression. In a 2005 Sleep in America poll, people who were diagnosed with depression or anxiety were more likely to sleep less than six hours at night.

5. Lack of Sleep Ages Your Skin – Most people have experienced sallow skin and puffy eyes after a few nights of missed sleep. But it turns out that chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes.

6. Sleepiness Makes You Forgetful – Trying to keep your memory sharp? Try getting plenty of sleep.

7. Losing Sleep Can Make You Gain Weight – When it comes to body weight, it may be that if you snooze, you lose.

8. Sleep Loss Impairs Judgment, Especially about Sleep – This hurts our ability to make sound judgments because we may not assess situations accurately and act on them wisely.

To avoid these effects focus on getting rest this positions you to be at your best!