No matter if active or passive, rest plays a crucial part in our lives. Thanks to it, our entire organisms have the opportunity to function properly. In the present-day world, where everybody constantly rushes from one place to another, it isn’t that easy to rest effectively. Luckily, there are techniques that enable to catch your breath after a day at work, school or a stressful situation.
What are the benefits of rest?
Rest is extremely important to each of us. When we are relaxing, all reactions that occur in our bodies slow down, we muster up energy for the next day, and ‘clean’ out bodies and minds. One of relaxation methods is sleeping, that has an incredibly positive influence on our brain because while doing so, it:
- processes all the information received throughout a day;
- learns and memorizes all the stimuli that has received on a particular day;
- analyzes information to make them useful the next day;
- gets itself ready to make rational decisions;
- produces new connections that influence proper associations;
- purifies itself by getting rid of irrelevant information.
Is rest useful?
Rest is useful even for letting our organism be prepared for training or simply to help it function properly every day. We, as humans, aren’t naturally predisposed to cope well with this constant rush. If we don’t provide our bodies with the right amount of rest, our efficiency will decrease, and our brain will throw away important information from the short-term memory.
How to take a rest effectively?
There are a few methods enabling you to relax in the right way. Here are the most effective ones:
- Physical activity – it puts you in a good mood, gives the possibility to work stress off and supplies body with oxygen; while exercising our body produces endorphins and exercising in general activates most of physiological processes that occur in our bodies.
- Bath – with magnesium chloride, it fights back stress, fatigue, poor concentration, digestive disorders, recurring headaches, hypertension and many other common ailments.
- Craft/handwork – all D.I.Y. activities force brain to work differently than it is used to and reduce stress.
- Reading paper books – forces brain to concentrate, exercises your memory and creative thinking, activates brain areas responsible for emotions and entertainment.
- Staying outside – supplies body with oxygen and boosts blood flow; being outside can be combined with physical activity or/and book reading.
- A weekend getaway – taking a rest from the reality and the hustle and bustle always works to our advantage, and such two-day trips can be taken really often.