One of the best things we can do for our health is to allot time to rest and relax. Regular periods of relaxation decrease our heart rate and blood pressure, improve our sleep, help maintain normal blood sugar levels, reduce stress hormones, improve our concentration and mood, and so much more.
Do you have time for rest and relaxation, but instead spend that time on other things? Consider keeping a log of where you spend your time each day: write down how much time you spend working, watching television, surfing the internet, and so on. I bet you’ll find 5-10 minutes in the day when you could practice mindful breathing, visual imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, or any other restful practice that interests you. If you do this on a regular basis, you will begin to see some health benefits. And you don’t even have to tell anyone you are resting and relaxing if you don’t want to! We invite you to spend five minutes with Dr. Tracy Gaudet as she guides us through a 5-minute Mental Muscle Relaxation exercise.