November and December can be very stressful for many people because their normal routine is often disrupted by holiday breaks, the kids being out of school, work schedule changes, party requests, diet changes, gift buying excitement or woes, grieving the loss of a loved one, strained relationships, holiday concerts, travel traffic… and the list could go on… and on… and on.
Let’s be honest… some of us thrive on the chaos of the season… and some of us get a bit overwhelmed.
Whether you are an extrovert and enjoy hopping from party to party and event to event or an introvert and you prefer to snuggle under the blanket by the fire and sip on hot cocoa with marshmallows while cherishing your “me time”, EVERYONE NEEDS TO RELAX!
Your body needs to rest and relax so that you can feel rejuvenated and refreshed. The old saying, “we all need a little R & R” is very true.
Your muscles shouldn’t be tense all the time.
Your brain should not be multi-tasking 24/7.
And, your heart needs to remember what resting heart rate feels like. FYI – normal resting heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute
Now, you may be telling yourself that you don’t have time to rest and relax because you “have too much stuff to do!”
Research says otherwise.
Research says that taking time to rest and relax will actually make you more productive.
If your body is on High-Alert all the time, you will Burn-Out.
There is a great book by Richard K. Biggs entitled Burning Bright Without Burning Out: Balancing Your Career with the Rest of Your Life– it’s a small book that packs a powerful punch about creating balance in your life. I read it years ago yet am still deeply impacted by it. I recommend it for anyone who is feeling a bit overwhelmed and wants to restore better balance between work and play. Perhaps you might use this book for Tip #5.
Speaking of tips, here are 5 Quick Tips to Restore a Little Rest and Relaxation
Now, take a deep breath and enjoy some R & R!
To Your Best Health,
P.S. If you want to start a conversation to learn more about how to improve your overall health, I encourage you to schedule a telephone conversation with me by clicking the button below, emailing me at [email protected], or calling me at 262-358-6730.
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