Need proof that relaxation is important? This is what Dr. John Medina has to say about stress and the brain. (Dr.Medina is a Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University and author of the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School")
Dr. Medina wrote,
"Your brain is built to deal with stress that lasts about 30 seconds. The brain is not designed for long-term stress when you feel like you have no control.
Stress damages virtually every kind of cognition that exists. It damages memory and executive function. It can hurt your motor skills. When you are stressed out over a long period of time it disrupts your immune response. You get sicker more often. It disrupts your ability to sleep. You get depressed."
So here's 3.5 really simple ways to relax in your office, your home, or anytime you feel stressed.
- Stop whatever you're doing and take 5 very deep breaths. Remember to breathe into your tummy
- Take a 5 to 10 minute relaxation break once a day. Go to a quiet spot just to be with yourself and think of anything except what you were just doing. And if you have to sit in the loo for 5 minutes do it!
- Drink a large glass of water
That's all you need to do to relax, and be careful because your productivity, attention span, efficiency, effectiveness, ability to think clearly, public speaking skills, (and a whole load of other things) will all get amazingly better.
And all you need to do is relax…………..