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Rest, Relax, Recharge

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As we end a very different and stressful year, it’s important to take time for yourself. Give your body time to relax and recharge for the New Year.

Relaxing allows our bodies to go into its parasympathetic nervous system. The system’s most popular name is “rest and digest”.

Being in “rest and digest” mode, increases the flow of blood around our body giving us more energy. It helps us to have a calmer and clearer mind which aids positive thinking, concentration, memory and decision making.

Relaxation slows our heart rate, reduces our blood pressure and relieves tension. It also aids digestion as we absorb essential nutrients more efficiently when relaxed, which helps to fight off disease and infection.

There are a ton of different ways to relax, we know this. The problem is allowing ourselves to relax.

A highly recommended article by Self, lists 11 tips on how to do this.

  1. Know what actually relaxes you.
  2. Be intentional about your rest time.
  3. Schedule rest time and be generous about it.
  4. Enjoy pockets of relaxation throughout your week.
  5. Establish a ritual to get in the mood.
  6. Learn skills for managing your emotions and negative self-talk.
  7. Don’t force yourself to earn rest.
  8. Remind yourself how rest supports your work.
  9. Adjust your expectations.
  10. Ask for help.
  11. Be kind to yourself.  

If you need help establishing a routine or managing emotions and negative talk, reach out to your employee assistance program. Lytle EAP is here to help! Contact them at 800-327-7272 and speak with a certified counselor 24/7, for free!