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Why You Should Focus on More Rest and Relaxation

By Genevieve Cunningham

How much rest do you get on a daily basis? How much sleep? How much down time? Chances are good that you don't get enough rest for your own good. You probably feel tired and irritable more often than you'd like. Unfortunately, we don't put a lot of emphasis on rest in our modern world -- at least, not in America. We're a work-work-work society and taking time off is sometimes seen as a bad thing. But maybe it's time to turn this thought pattern around. Rest is crucial, and it's time we started acting like it. If you aren't making time for rest take a look at these reasons why rest and relaxation should be a regular part of your life.

Stress Relief

Rest and relaxation lead to stress relief. The truth is that everyone is stressed. You might be stressed about money or your health or your job. But stress is definitely a part of your life. While we should expect some level of stress in our lives, too much can lead to a decline in health -- whether that's pain, high blood pressure, or a higher risk of major disease. Allowing time for rest and relaxation can help keep stress under control and your health in better condition. 

Longevity

Though we certainly can't always predict the length of our lives, we can do certain things to improve our chances of longevity. And lowering stress through rest and relaxation is a great way to do it. Rest and relaxation can lower the risk of major diseases associated with being overworked, excessive stress, burnout, and lack of self-care. By making personal rest and relaxation a priority, you're putting your health first -- which is always a must for longevity. 

Quality of Life

If you're going to live a long life, you want it to be good. You want it to be high quality. Quality of life matters. It's what makes life worth living! If you're tired and rundown all the time, you're significantly lowering your quality of life. But if you take the time you need to rest, you can improve health, mental well-being, and quality of life for years to come. 

If you're not currently making time for rest or relaxation, it's time to adjust your priorities. Rest and relaxation are just as important as a good diet, regular exercise, and yearly well-check exams. Create a schedule that includes enough rest and plenty of time for relaxation, and you'll likely find everything about your health improves like never before. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Folsom, Calif.

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