You don’t have to be depressed or anxious to benefit from relaxation techniques!
When I first became a Relaxation therapist, people would often talk to me about feeling guilty when they wanted to do something nice and relaxing for themselves.
They felt it was an indulgence that they had to justify to their family. And studies are showing that people are spending less than 5% of their time seeking out and engaging in relaxing pursuits.
No,no, no. Relax, take care of yourself!
Think of the most important rule explained in airplanes before you take off – during an emergency, put your own oxygen mask on, before helping others.
The same rule applies to many situations in life. Relax, take care of yourself, then when you are in the right headspace, energetic space and every other kind of good space, take care of everyone else. This is not being selfish; it’s being smart and responsible.
But if you want to experience the health benefits of relaxation, you need to do more than lounge on your couch watching TV. You’re looking for deep relaxation, the kind where your mind stops running and your body is free of tension.
So, to inspire you to feel even more at ease with the idea of taking some time out for yourself, here are my favourite reasons why it’s so good for you to relax.