Relaxation is the key to a happy life

Woman relaxing in chairHow many times have you heard someone tell you to “relax?” Easier said than done, right? The truth is, though, that with all we have going on in our busy lives, relaxing takes a back seat to everything else. It’s time to put a stop to that, and here’s why. Most of us function in a state of stress — moving from one responsibility to another, or, more than likely, juggling multiple responsibilities at the same time. We have become a society of multitaskers.

Consider this — the latest statistics say that 91 percent of adults have cell phones, and 56 percent of those are smartphones. Not only are we now accessible 24 hours a day by phone, we receive constant text messages and can’t help but check our email every spare moment. How often do you turn off your cell phone? If you’re like most people, probably never!

The result of all of this is a constant state of stress. The reality is, everyone needs to take time to step away from the madness and restore their bodies. Whether it’s a little time on the yoga mat or just a quiet cup of tea away from the stresses of the world, it’s important to carve out a little silent time. The psychological and physiological benefits of relaxation are tremendous. Isn’t it worth it to give yourself time to restore and reenergize for all those responsibilities?

One of the best ways to unwind is to treat yourself to a day at the spa. Or a massage. There are a million ways to relax your mind and body, but how many of them do you actually take advantage of? The next time you find yourself stuck in traffic or listening to screaming kiddos (who you love dearly, but occasionally need a break from), book yourself some “me time” at the spa or massage therapist’s office. You’ll be so glad you did.