Finding Time to Relax

Our daily lives are filled with overwhelming demands which leave us needing time to unwind and recover. It’s important to recognise these needs and take some time out from our hectic schedules every now and again. A big part of the Paleo Lifestyle is stress free living and this can be found through different ways of relaxation. 

A growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic recovery which includes daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations can boost productivity, job performance and most importantly, health and wellbeing.

Some tips below to help you relax and recharge:

Exercise

Regular exercise activity is a wonderful way to relax mentally, emotionally and physically. According to research, physically active adults have a lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. As you put your body into motion, your thoughts and feelings seem to relax all by themselves and you receive a hit of mood-lifting chemicals like endorphins which also affect you energetically. Try walking, swimming, yoga or biking as often as possible.

Music

Current scientific studies show that listening to music helps to reduce stress and anxiety for the listener, resulting in physiological changes including improved breathing, lowered blood pressure, improved cardiac output, reduced heart rate and relaxed muscle tension. Research has also shown that music can stimulate the release of feel-good endorphins.

It definitely has the power to transform you mood so if you feel the tensions rising, turn on a little music to transport yourself to a relaxed state and happy memories.

Connect with nature

Research has revealed that environments can increase or reduce stress and what you experience at any moment not only changes your mood, but also how your nervous, endocrine and immune systems are working.

Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing.

We all know that time spend outdoors is good for you whether it be hiking, swimming in a river or the ocean, watching the sunset or a moonrise. We need to remind ourselves that we are part of nature so that we can enjoy the quietness and calm that it brings.

Massage

Massage is a great stress buster and is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. Studies of its benefits demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. A lot of people also enjoy the feelings of caring, comfort and connection that massage produces.

If you don’t enjoy visiting a professional masseuse, it works wonders for relationships if you get your partner to massage you.

Yoga

Yoga can be a quick route to relaxation as it is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing and meditation.

Yoga may help reduce stress and gentle backbends which include the shoulder bridge, decrease the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

Yoga may also contribute to lower blood pressure and a lower heart rate. The best thing about it is that almost anyone can do it.

Mini vacations

Try take one three-day vacation every three months and during that time, refrain from carrying out any work.

These short vacations from your typical work-day can help fire up the passion and excitement that you had at the beginning of your job. Re-capture that spirituous feeling in a small way through relaxing breaks from the routine.

When you return to work you should feel relaxed and rejuvenated.