Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Relaxation - the Secret of Healthy and Happy Living

"Civilized man is in such a whirl, accumulating material things, that he neglects those treasured possessions in life, such as love and affection, friendship, happiness, and good health.  He literally hurries away from radiant and vital good health, and deprives himself of a body that is alive and vibrant.  And so, too early in life, he loses the ability to relax."

MH Soglow, Relax Your Way to Health Prentice-Hall Inc

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
Take time out with co-workers and relax during coffee break.
It is bonding moment in the organization.
On-the spot painting is a most relaxing experience.
 Conduct summer art workshop with the kids in the neighborhood.  Kids simply love it, it is "bridging the generation gap" so to speak, which leads of closer bonding of members in the community. 
 Enter the world of make believe once in a while. One way is to enter the world of fantasy to help you survive the tension storms of real life today. 

 Join a field trip on a weekend. Organize one in your school to visit a museum, botanical garden, a park.
   Be a naturalist; "commune with nature." Take Nature's Trail, go camping with the family.
 A simple occasion such as this, such a birthday for the month, brings the family closer.
 A mother and her baby: the most relaxing period of life.

Albert Einstein plays the violin.  “Life without playing music is inconceivable for me,” he once said, “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.” The famous scientist never traveled without his beloved violin, “Lina.”

Take it easy, Just relax 

1. Techniques for relaxing on the job: Make your noon lunch hour your golden opportunity for a complete relaxing experience. Switch off the lights.  No phone calls. No visitors. Hold on to privacy; it is your right and privilege.  Lunch break is time for a nap. Or at least to turn off your thoughts from your job. 

2. Relax by turning off your thoughts: Be sure you are in the proper ambiance. You may create partly to this ambiance by not directly participating in the activities going around. In short you isolate yourself temporarily. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, then follow an easy inhale-exhale rhythm, while taking off your mind the worries and cares of the day. You will notice that your body follows the relaxation of your brain.

3. Relaxation will lead you to good sleep: Preparing for bed has some rituals, among them is relaxation. Put away the things that are contrary to relaxation, such as late evening news, suspenseful movies, musing over paper works, rushing things up for tomorrow's meeting. Oh yes, don't smoke, don't drink, no coffee,and no sleeping pills, please.  These may have some palliative effect but they are damaging to health and well-being in the long run.  

4. Develop health habits that relax you:  Practice the "60 and 1"relaxation formula. (No work period longer than 60 minutes without a one minute pause for relaxation.) Don't overeat and have time to relax before going to bed. For some people, light reading will doze them to sleep. Others, with pipe-in music that is is soft and relaxing.  

5. When you can't do anything productive, relax: Don't look upon this as idleness, but as valuable moment of recuperation, moment that will "recharge your battery."  It is actually loafing on the good side of the word. Relax in a barber chair or at the beauty shop. Relax while telephoning or texting. Relax before your guests arrive. Relax in an elevator, while you are waiting for your ride.  

Refreshing the mind over a difficult lesson.

6. Self-help through daily health habits.  Here are the guideposts along the do-it-yourself-road to healthier, happier life.

  • Secure adequate medical services (A regular medical checkup will eliminate many of your tensions. A visit to your doctor and dentist will ease your mind.  Regular consultations guide you to form sound living habits. 
  • Live in moderation (Moderate, don't over react, don't abuse, don't say, bahala na and plunge into the pool of danger that may cost your health or even your life.) 
  • Stop often to relax (After US President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack, he learned to slow down with the acronym ARRRW
  1. A nap after the noon meal
  2. Rest pauses during the day
  3. Recreation for diversion
  4. Reduction of some responsibilities
  5. Working in a more relaxed manner
  • Be regular in all your daily health habits. There was a fellow who always wanted his work done, come rain or shine, and would work until he finished his job. A heart attack changed his work ethic, and he live happily ever after.
  • Be especially regular in your sleep habits. Don't disturb your sleep cycle, the regularity of your waking-sleeping biological clock. My dad used to say, "Early to bed and early to rise makes a child health and wise."  This is a good reminder to kids in our computer age. 
  • Balance your mental and physical work. Your mind and body work together in a miraculous cooperative effort.  Overuse or underuse of one will result to a dangerous imbalance.  On the other hand, unreleased energy makes you restless.  It "eats you up" if you don't use it. It is the cause of boredom. It may lead to anxiety. Keep busy and released your bottled emotions.  
  • Develop good mealtime habits.  Eat in peace, avoid "eating on the run", don't eat when you your digestive system is not ready - perhaps you are too tired or tensed.  
  • Learn how to mellow the stresses.  Avoid strenuous living, prevent tension from accumulating, know your limits, reduce your 24-hour load, avoid the pressure of hurry, respond calmly, retain the integrity of your heart, act your age. 
  • Rationalize, do not emotionalize your health.  Don't be a slave to styles like uncomfortable wears, don't rationalize smoking or heavy drinking - no conditions will lead you to a happy compromise.   
  • Practice good mental health.  Think constructively, positively; be your own psychologist. 
  • Use home therapies to relax yourself (e.g., a leisurely warm bath, gentle massage, simple exercises, take a day off, talk over your problems)   
Nature's Way of Relaxation is Sleep 

Sleep well, there's no substitute to a good sleep.

Just what is sleep?  Sleep is is one of the greatest gifts of nature - the loss of consciousness accompanied by complete relaxation of the muscles.  It is nature's way of giving you a necessary escape from life's daily problems and tensions, so that you can carry on in a healthy fashion.  But like any gift of nature it has its price. 

So goes the biblical passage, "As a man liveth his day, so shall he sleep at night." How well you sleep depends upon the kind of day you have experienced. 

Relax Your Way to Health, warns that you cannot work all day long in a tense, anxious state and expect your body from the accumulated tensions automatically the moment your head hits the pillow.  If you were restless in your sleep you were probably restless during the day. This kind of restless behavior increases your tension and fatigue, and at night it tends to keep you awake. The implication is that, if you do not accumulate too much tension during the day, your chances of a good night of sleep are much better.  And the rule is that, technically you go to bed to relax - not to sleep. Sleep comes as the height of relaxation.  If you are relax, you sleep.  If you don't relax, you stay awake.

Sleep Deprivation
Sleepers losing Zs are more likely to report being unable to:
Activity                                                    Tired              Rested
Work well, efficiently                              25%                  9%
Exercise                                                 30%                10%
Have sex                                                16%                  7%
Engage in leisure activities                  28%                10%

Source: National Sleep Foundation, USA
Seventy million Americans or 27% of the US population, are losing sleep mainly over financial worries. The quality and quantity of sleep affects productivity and mood.  A lack of deep, restorative sleep can lead to weight gain, decreased productivity, poor focus, moodiness and a whole host of other health problems over time. "Get more sleep or your overall health may decline," sleep experts warn.~

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