Active relaxation is selecting activities that help you achieve better mental health and a broader sense of personal wellbeing. What you choose depends on which activities bring you this peace, but examples include practicing yoga, going for a walk or hike, swimming, or meditating. Active relaxation activities should be a priority in your life, so even if you need to put them on your calendar, remember to engage in them regularly.
Why is Active Relaxation Beneficial?
The everyday demands of our lives mean now, more than ever, our brains are thinking about many different things at once, very quickly. With high-speed communications and social media part of our new norm, it can be difficult for our brains to switch back to living in the moment, which is when we reconnect with ourselves and others.
So how do you avoid making excuses to reach your professional and personal goals?
It's quite simple really if you think about it. You need to examine why you are making excuses in the first place. Are you afraid of something? Of failure? Of success? Once you've identified the root cause, it will be easier for you to overcome your excuses and it will be easier for you to attain your goals in life.
Here are some of the most common excuses that people make:
Being not good or smart enough
They say, what you think is what you become. If you keep on saying negative things about yourself, then you will not succeed in life. So if you believe that you lack natural intelligence, prove yourself wrong. Learn and challenge yourself to become smarter in life.
If you’ve never done it before and it’s the first time you’ve heard this advice, then it might sound pretty simple to you. It is sound advice but it’s far from simple. Especially if you have no self-discipline.
The Right Kind of Food and Exercise
We all know that eating junk food and buying fast food is not healthy. Some unethical companies will even try to fool you into thinking their products are healthy and ‘organic’ when in reality, they don’t even come close to the real thing.
If you want to be sure you’re eating really the right kind of food, then you should consider preparing it yourself from scratch. When you develop healthy eating habits, your body will feel so much better. You won’t feel bloated and tired all the time and you can even lose excess weight just by eating healthy.
What Are Oxygen Free Radicals?
An oxygen free radical is a molecule containing oxygen that has at least one unpaired electron. This makes the molecule extremely reactive with other molecules inside the body. They scavenge for molecules to share their unpaired electron with, creating molecular fusions that alter the structure and function of the cells.
The byproducts of this molecular fusion are normally non-reactive; however, some of these molecules can experience metabolic changes within the body that gives rise to highly reactive oxidant molecules. While not all oxygen free radicals are damaging to the body; in fact, some of these molecules are helpful in killing off microbes and other invading pathogens.
Oxygen free radicals have the capability to interact chemically with various components in the cell, such as lipids (that make up the membranes of the cells), protein (that can be structural or enzymatic in nature), and even DNA (our genetic makeup).
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Relaxation Boosts Your immune System
When you lead a busy life, chances are you don’t take good care of your health. The result may end up being the exact opposite of what you wanted- sick days that leave you unable to do anything. Luckily, some regularly scheduled time for R&R can offset this. We all have hectic periods of our life, but the important thing is to deprogram.
Crazy hectic lives that cause sleep deprivation, and high stress is manageable up to 3 months, but after that things can go horribly bad. Take the weekends off, or if you can’t sleep in at least one day per week. Your immune system will thank you.
Herb Sennett writes about life and how to enjoy it more.