You are not a robot. You do not have endless energy and focus. You need to relax and recharge to make sure that you can live your healthiest life.
Just as batteries need to be replaced and smartphones need to be recharged – the same principles hold true for you. It’s so easy though to get caught up in the go-go society and believe that if you’re not doing something then you’re doing nothing.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Taking the time to relax and recharge gives you the chance to really give your mind and body what it needs – a break. Your mental health, your physical health, your joint health, your spiritual health – all demand that you take time to hit the reset button.
Reasons Why You Need to Relax and Recharge
You likely know a few people who appear to have limitless energy. These people are always on the move and seem to always be happy and energized. However, the little secret here is that this simply is not sustainable. Everyone has limits and even your friends who appear to bounce from activity to activity are going to crack under the pressure.
What you don’t see is the time at home away from friends and family or those moments in the car when the endless to do list is too much. Yes, even your on-the-go friends have very human moments when they wilt under the pressure.
The good news is that you do not need to get caught in this trap of believing that you need to always be doing something. In fact, your health depends on you giving your body and mind time to rest, relax, and recover.
- Stress, stress, stress. You know how dangerous chronic stress can be. Chronic stress impacts your mental health and your immune system health. This can cause result in numerous health problems, including a flare of your arthritis or another auto-immune disease. Not to mention, that when you’re stressed (or anyone for that matter), you’re not your best self. By taking the time to reduce your stress, you’ll be happier, friendlier, feel better, and smile more.
- Health is wealth. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – health is wealth. Your health depends on you giving your body a chance to unwind, recharge, and recover from your busy and active life. Your joint health depends on you giving your knees, elbows, shoulders, back, etc. a chance to recover from a tennis tournament, golf game, or weekend at the cottage.
- Quality sleep. How well do you sleep when you’re wound tight and have a busy day ahead? Likely not very well. However, without adequate quality sleep, you’re not going to be able to tick off all the numerous items on your must-do today list. It’s a double-edged sword – you need sleep to tackle the day but you can’t sleep because you can’t stop thinking about what the next day holds. This is a huge indicator that you need to slow down and remove a few items from your must-do today list.
- Creative focus. Don’t brush off the idea of creativity because you’re not an artist or a creator. Everyone needs creative focus to give their best attention to what they’re doing. Whether that’s reading a book, planning a vacation, exercising, or really listening during a conversation – this demands keen creative focus. When your mind is running at a mile-a-minute, you can’t give anything or anyone the focus it deserves.
A healthy life is all about balance. Eat the salad but enjoy the cake. Go for a bike ride but remember to sit and relax. Stay busy but find time to just sit and be still. We admit, it’s not easy but the more you can learn to relax and recharge, the better off you’ll be.
How to Relax and Recharge For Your Health
Relaxing and recharging should not be a struggle. True relaxation is something to be looked forward to, just like you look forward to meeting up with friends for supper.
We’ve put together our favorite ways to relax and recharge for health. We hope these suggestions can help you find an easy and enjoyable way to recharge, relax, recover, and reset.
- Put down the devices and step away from the computer. Yes, take the smartphone out of your pocket and leave it on the counter. Take off your smartwatch or fitness tracker. Put your iPad or other device in a drawer. Turn off the computer and walk away from it. Now, sit outside with a book, magazine, your favorite beverage, and just be. Remember what life was like before we had so many connected devices demanding our attention.
- Take a nap. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a nap. If you’re tired or just feel a bit run-down, a late morning or mid-afternoon nap can do wonders for your health. Stretch out on your comfy couch or lie down in bed, close your eyes, and try to get 20 minutes or so of sleep. Even if you don’t fall asleep, just the act of closing your eyes and quieting your mind can give you some real benefits.
- Cancel your plans. Call your friends and family, tell them you need to cancel your plans for next weekend. Tell them that you realized you’re on-the-go too much and you really need time for yourself. It’s not an easy phone call to make, but guaranteed, it’s one most of your friends and family would love to make themselves. Give yourself a weekend of complete you time – eat what you want, do what you want, read what you want, etc. It’s all about listening and responding to what your body and mind wants.
- Play with you cat or do It sounds pretty simple but giving your cat or dog some extra attention has a huge calming effect. Brush your cat, take your dog out to the dog park, or simply just cuddle up with your beloved pet for a bit. You’ll relax and your pet will be happy as well. Remember, our pets respond to our behaviors and can sense when we’re tired, unhappy, or not well.
We admit that prioritizing relaxation is not easy to do. But, just like any new habit, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. If you have to, schedule in relaxation or reset time into your daily calendar and set a reminder for this important event. This way you’ve got time set aside to breathe in, breathe out, and just let life roll on by without you for a bit.
Your health is a priority – so step off the life treadmill and stretch out on the yoga mat, Adirondack chair, or beach towel and chill out.