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How a Little Time to Relax Improves Your Life

By Genevieve Cunningham

We are definitely a work first society. We place high value on getting things done and very low value on rest and relaxation. But maybe we have it all wrong. Maybe, if we really want to live our best lives, we should reverse those. Since we’ve been conditioned to work so much, this might sound like a bad idea. If you're in the category of people who can't quite see the value in getting more rest, take a look at these ways in which getting more rest and relaxation can improve your life.

It Lowers Stress

It's definitely true that stress is a part of life. We can't avoid it. But too much stress is detrimental to our overall health. Taking time for rest and relaxation allows us to reduce this stress and feel better overall. This is especially true if we make rest a regular part of our routines. Our bodies and minds grow to expect it, and they may begin the winding down process at the mere thought of a relaxing evening.

It Improves Heart Health

Stress is bad for the heart, so by reducing stress, we're also boosting heart health. This is beneficial for obvious reasons. We can't live without a healthy heart, and even when we can manage a heart-based illness, our quality of life suffers greatly. If you want to keep your heart healthy and strong, relaxation should be in your life.

It Makes You More Positive About Life

Let's be completely honest for a second: Rest and relaxation make us feel good. And the better that we feel about our health and our downtime, the more positive we will feel about life in general. A positive outlook makes everything easier -- work, family, community. If you want to feel generally good about life, rest is a crucial step.

If you haven't made rest a regular part of your life yet, you should stop wasting time and do it now! It's easy, it feels good, and you likely already want to do it. And as a bonus, it can bring so many benefits to your health and to your life as well. Find some time, let go of worries and relax! If you do, you'll likely find your life more enjoyable than ever before.

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

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