Have you ever, in your entire life, written "relax" on your to-do list?
Well, even if you never have, I am here to tell you relaxing should not be last on your list of things to do. Down time and relaxing are an essential part of staying healthy and happy. Chilling out can refuel a depleted body as well as reduce your heart rate, lower blood pressure, increase blood flow to major muscles (great for postexercise recovery periods), reduce back pain and muscle tension (which often accompanies stress), relieve headaches, improve concentration, and reduce emotional responses such as anger and frustration.
So take a few moments to breath, schedule an exercise session (great for burning off steam), or even a massage. Whatever you do, don't let your downtime slip off your to-do list.
Still feeling stressed, then check out these ways to work relaxation into your life. Go ahead now, relax already.