In today's fast-paced, deadline-driven times, relaxation seems more of a fantasy or unnecessary luxury that only the lazy covet. However, research shows that relaxation is far from a way to put off work or disengage from society forever; it's necessary for maintaining physical and mental health. Not relaxing enough has been linked to health complications ranging from increased dementia risks to heart problems.
"There are studies to show that stress is comparable to other risk factors that we traditionally think of as major, like hypertension, poor diet and lack of exercise," said Kathi Heffner, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Rochester Center for Mind-Body Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.
Relaxing fights stress and works to help people manage situations better, yet it's often put off in order to engage in more pressing activities, which, ironically, typically leads to more stress. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Natural News.
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