What is one of the best things that you can do for your mental and physical health?
Learn to relax!
Studies show that the practice of relaxation creates a number of health benefits. During relaxation your heart rate and breathing slow and your blood pressure decreases. Chronic pain and muscle tension are reduced as you relax, and your body systems function better. In fact, many health conditions show improvement with regular relaxation.
Relaxation may be one of the most beneficial practices for improving your life by creating a healthy body and mind.
You might be surprised to learn that God established the idea of relaxation. He designed the practice of relaxation and placed it into the life of man in the form of the Jewish “Shabbat,” or Sabbath. In fact, the idea was so important to Him that he made the practice of relaxing into a Jewish law. God established the Sabbath for rest. Jewish writers describe “Shabbat” or Sabbath as a mini vacation away from the stressors of life. It is a time to rest, recoup, and to spend time with God.
Maybe you feel guilty when you take time to relax? If so, understand that relaxation was part of God’s design from the beginning to help you live your best life. It is God’s gift to you and should be your gift to yourself.
You are God’s precious and beautiful creation. He loves you and He wants you to love yourself. If you do not practice self-love, begin today. Buy yourself flowers, take time for a special cup of coffee, sign up for a Zumba class, or sit in a sauna. Schedule these “rays of joy” into your day.
You should also schedule regular relaxation times into your routine. Practice meditation or progressive relaxation. Read a book or focus on something beautiful as you still your mind and body.
Learn to relax and try to practice it every day.
Check out my upcoming video. In the video, I will teach you progressive relaxation. It is a wonderful exercise and will make you feel like you have taken a spa day, right in your living room! ;)!
Take time to care for yourself!
Thanks for reading!
Robin is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She works from a Cognitive Behavioral orientation and is certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming, CBT- Insomnia, Anger Management, and as a Life Coach. She is also trained in EMDR and EFT and TFT tapping and holds a master’s degree in Counseling and a doctorate degree in Biblical Studies. She is the founder of Atonement Centered Connectivity Therapy, a Christ Centered CBT Therapy. Follow her on Facebook at Living Imperfectly Perfect or on Instagram at living.imperfectly.perfect.