Taking time to relax is important to achieving optimal performance and health. You name it; being relaxed will increase your productivity in it. If you’re not relaxed, everything you do will be a struggle. Relaxation provides mind-body integration necessary for peak performance.

The importance of taking time to relax

It is important to relax to get your mind clear and your body tension free; to regain focus and to cool down and to help return to a balanced physical state. Relaxation is vital for a healthy mind and is required to maintain motivation and interest in our lives and careers. Not being able to relax and unwind can be damaging to your health. Even when there are huge demands on your life, you may have a large family, an important career, and a home amongst your other weekly commitments – you still need to find your own time and space to relax.

Finding time to relax throughout the day is especially important. Twenty minutes, two or three times a day, is preferred. If you can’t manage twenty minutes, it’s important to realize that whatever amount of time you do manage to get to relax will be beneficial to your mind and body, even if not noticeably so.

Relaxing Ideas

When time is short there are several things, you can do: reading, writing, daydreaming or just sitting quietly. Quite often whatever you do to relax will be personal and work for you, so you need to find what works best.

As a Life Coach I have worked with numerous people with issues relating to relaxation and stress etc. It’s interesting that initially many find it difficult to slow down and see the benefits of taking more time out.


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Benefits of relaxation

  • Improves your ability to concentrate. Helps you in your ability to tune out distractions and give you better sensory awareness.
  • Improves body awareness; you need to know when you are under or over doing it.
  • It speeds up healing time following an injury and fatigue, the body needs to recover fully if it’s going to perform at an optimal level soon.
  • Learning is enhanced, it is much easier to introduce new thoughts and ideas when your mind is clear, and you are relaxed. Skills are best learned when you are in a relaxed state and there is an absence of tension.
  • It helps you sleep better
  • You become more efficient
  • It puts your focus back on the present and gives you a sense of control
  • It increases energy
Why Relax?

If you don’t take the time to unwind and relax regularly, you might be putting not only your own health and well-being at risk but also that of others as well.

In relation to your responsibility to the health and safety of others; we only must think of driving a car, or operating machinery, and how our ability to do these tasks diminishes when we are tense, tired, and stressed. So, in fact our responsibility to relax is not just for our own sake but also for that of others.

Effects of Lack of Relaxation

  • Headache, common ones being tension headaches and migraines. Controlling tension and relaxing can help migraines. Tension headaches are susceptible to treatment by relaxation.
  • Chronic fatigue, your body is in a total state of fatigue. You suffer from total lack of energy and motivation all the time.
  • Cardiovascular disorders, high blood pressure and heart disease, heart attack.
  • Gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach ulcers as well as indigestion and heartburn.
  • Poor immune system, becoming susceptible to illness

Warning Signs You Need To Relax

  • Yawning/sighing
  • Lack of concentration
  • Feeling the urge to stretch or move about
  • Drop in performance
  • Feelings of stress and irritability
  • Performing uncommon errors
  • Tiredness

With regards to our own health and emotional well-being, if we don’t make time to relax regularly, we are putting our health and mental health at risk of failure.

If we are aware of the signs and take notice of them and take a break etc., you could avoid a lot of stress and fatigue, you will be more rational and focused, and better equipped to carry on, and be far healthier.

The Cost of Not Relaxing

Spending a lifetime of ignoring the signs could impact heavily, not only on your health, well-being, and happiness but also those around you. Relationships could suffer as well as your career. On a personal note, the consequences of not taking time to relax over a lifetime could mean you pay the ultimate price.

You say you don’t have time to relax. I say you don’t have time not to relax. You are your own best resource; you need to take time to nurture and look after yourself.