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When you think of relaxation, do you imagine yourself lounging by the pool with a refreshing drink or curled up with a good book?
Aside from vacationing, most of us tend to underestimate the importance of rest. Sure, we love to chill on the couch or spend way too much time sick in bed, but that’s not necessarily the same as real rest. You may be sitting still, but are you actually relaxing your body and mind?
For real restoration, you have to activate your body’s built-in relaxation response. When you move away from the typical stress response of your sympathetic nervous system, your parasympathetic nervous system will slow down your heart rate and breathing, lower your blood pressure and support good digestion. It’s in this ‘rest and digest’ state that regeneration and healing can occur.
The great news is: you can produce this relaxation response whenever you want to. All it takes, is doing something that both releases tension from your body, slows your breathing and quiets your mind. Think of yoga and meditation, for example, but simpler practices like vividly visualizing relaxing scenarios also work.
If you find it difficult to stop the thoughts running through your head and let go of tension in your body, the Flowly app can help out. In this patented relaxation training, you go through different relaxation exercises in beautifully calming Virtual Reality. In the Virtual Reality experience, you get to see your real-time heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV) in front of you. Then through guided breathing and voice-over, Flowly will show you how to control your heart and nervous system so you can transition to a state of ‘rest and digest.’ This type of experience is called biofeedback. Flowly teaches you how to easily tap into that state of deep rest and to better regulate your nervous system.
So if you’d like to really relax and recharge this season, get inspired by these 10 relaxation quotes to put more ‘me-time’ on your to-do list!
Do you make enough time for real rest and relaxation?
If you enjoyed reading this article, you might also like:
- Why Chilling Isn’t the Same as Real Rest (And What to Do Instead)
- Life in the Slow Lane: 21 Ideas to Embrace Slow Living
- 47 Ways You Can Make the Most of Rest Days
Thank you for including this post in your weekly round-up Claire! And for supporting other health bloggers by sharing their work. https://painpalsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/7404/
Great post and information - I have shared a link on my regular feature Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You! Claire (PainPalsBlog) x
Thank you soo much may God bless you in many ways ☺
I'm sorry, the blog post is a few years old so the giveaway has been closed for a while now. Perhaps you can use some of the tips above to create a care package: puzzles or magazine, (free) samples of body care products if your dad is still in the hospital, a gift card for iTunes? I also like the Gifts in A Tin from DIYMommy: https://thediymommy.com/a-gift-in-a-tin-christmas-baking-kit-gift/ (Scroll down for an overview) or an edible gift like the five bean soup IF he's medically allowed to eat that of course!: https://thehealthsessions.com/healthy-edible-gifts/ Hope your father feels better soon!
I was going to leave a comment for the give away... For my dad cuz he had his gull bladder taken out a fue hrs ago but congrats... Is there a cheep way i can make something for him?
Being careful with what you eat might be a good idea if you're feeling sick or have stomach aches. Luckily, there are still plenty of things listed you can do to entertain yourself :-) Feel better soon!
When I am I'll myum doesn't let me eat so some wouldn't work 😢🍕
Hi Darci, thank you for your message. Unfortunately the guide is not available yet as a hardcover and a paperback. If that changes in the near future, I will let you know. Warm regards, Jennifer
I would like to buy this book in hard cover or paperback instead of e-book for a friend
Super useful habits Nat! I also need to mentally unwind before bedtime or I'll be laying awake all night with thoughts racing through my mind.
A few things that help me ( I suffer from insomnia) is by not taking my phone to bed with me, i finish checking emails, social media etc in the living room and go to bed to switch off. Something else I do is turn on my essential oils diffuser an hour before bed so the room is scent with a relaxing mist of essential oils such as lavender, or vetiver which is like a sedative and incredible for helping me unwind. Another thing that work well when i can't switch my brain off is to write a quick list of everything i think i need to be dealing with now and highlighting only the ones that need to be taken care of the next day. Helps me not to feel so overwhelmed and in turn helps me fall asleep easier.
I'm touched by your kind words Darla, thank you. It's perfectly normal that you're resentful and feel sorry for yourself. You've had a lot to deal with. Not just experiencing horrible symptoms on a daily basis, but also having to adjust the plans you had for your future and your sense of identity. To me, positivity in the face of adversity is not about having an irrealistic rose-colored view of life. But I do believe that trying to find the good in little things each day can help make the bad ones more bearable. It's a challenge, but your insightful comment tells me that you're up for it ;-) Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. Good luck, be gentle with yourself and take care Darla!
Dr.Jen the Zen one, first off you rock! Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 4 years ago and 2 years ago double pneumonia that left me with heart failure with 28% left undamaged it has seriously limited my mobility energy patience and unfortunately my positive attitude. 52 years on this planet, I lived a happy-go-lucky , look on the bright side, things will be better tomorrow, or crack a silly joke and get over it type of life. Now for the first time in my life I find myself having to work at being positive. Anger and resentment and even the dreaded " poor little me" mindset is trying to set up permanent residence. And tonight I find your blog and it gives me hope I just want to say "Thank you" Darla