Relaxation stands generally for a release of tension, a return to equilibrium.
Relaxation is a valuable art because in our day to day lives we come across so many stressful situations. Sometimes these situations can be mildly disturbing, but many situations can cause bodily disturbances like high blood pressure and panic attacks. Inner peace can be lost among the daily clamour of life, with increasing developments and changes around us.
Managing stress is about taking charge; taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, environment and the way you deal with problems. The pace of modern life makes stress management a necessary tool for everyone, as most people juggle multiple responsibilities and information flows ever faster and the demands may seem to increase every day. Negative events are in general more stressful, but positive changes like getting married, new job, new home, can also have a big impact on your life.
Relaxation is investing time in yourself. Sometimes you may think that investing that time in work or your family would be more productive, but that’s not necessarily so. You will be more productive and effective if you have spent some time relieving stress. Think of your mind and body as a cell phone; they need recharging every now and then otherwise the batteries go flat and you can’t use your phone any more. You may think that sleep is enough for your body but your mind needs time to rest too. Consistently neglecting to allow yourself to relax can cause both physical and mental collapse.
Chillax, a combination of the words ‘chill and relax’ has been coined by the under 25’s, it means exactly what you think. So chill out and relax, take some time each day to enjoy life and do something like doing, you should feel happier, healthier and more productive by doing so. The ultimate goal is a balanced life with time for everything, work, fun, relaxation and relationships, plus the resilience to meet challenges and hold up under pressure.
Sounds easy, right? Most of us find it’s not. But there are many different relaxation and stress management techniques available, from biofeedback to meditation to counselling to exercise. Following are a number of articles from a wide variety of modalities that talk about how to relax, the benefits of relaxation, how to manage stress, and the physical and emotional impacts of stress on one’s body and spirit. We hope you will be inspired and find the way that works for you.