Relaxation is an important part of keeping health and wellbeing, and being able to calmly deal with life’s stresses. It improves your mental and physical health and gives the body a chance to take a pause, releasing muscle tension that you may not even be informed of. Choose something that you love, that gives you a sense of gratification and relaxes both your body and mind.
Every culture on the globe has at least one day of rest or rejuvenation every week. Many use that time to recharge spiritually by going to religious places, while others sleep in, watch TV, and just give themselves the gift of a lazy day. And yes, there are those who feel that exercising up a sweat in the backyard is just what the doctor ordered, and upon occasion I have urged that exact action.
M. Nadeem Pasha is working as clinical psychologist at Willing Ways, Lahore. In 2014, he completed his Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from University of Punjab, Lahore. He has acquired his clinical training from one of the honored institutes in Lahore including General Hospital, Mayo Hospital and Fountain House, during which time he conducted detailed assessment sessions with clients of different psychological disorders.
Editor: Hameeda Batool
We need to give ourselves a gap, and a little downtime works as well. It doesn’t really matter what the action or inaction is. The idea is to give your body, mind, and heart a chance to slack and reload. If you continue going at full hurry every day, it can be really tough on you, both bodily and psychologically.
Some people find it hard to take a real holiday, let alone a day off. If you are one of them, know that even though planned relaxation may seem a little illogical, you have to learn how doing it on your own, or it could be impelled upon you. I have watched many people work themselves into an early engrave because they were too forced, and some too frightened, to give them a pause.
During relaxation activities the brain has also passed on the chance to relax. A simple technique is as follows. Sit in an easy chair or in a pleasant position on the floor. Next, say to yourself that you are going to calm completely. Begin with your head and work, bit by bit, down to your toenails. As you think each part of your body guess it slacking completely. Remain in the easy state for several minutes. You will be astonished at how relaxed you can make yourself sense. Having done this several times you will be able to identify between relaxed and strain states. Try comprising it as part of a daily routine. Being able to feel when you are becoming strain is a very useful skill, giving you the chance to block unproductive strained reactions earlier, avoiding headaches, muscle aches and the other side-effects of high stress. If you find it hard to take your mind off strained, try saying the words, relax or dream over and over to prevent other ideas from entering your mind.