3 Ways That Relaxing Benefits Your Health

While it feels good to 'conquer the day',
in the end, it just simply feels better
and is more beneficial to your health - to relax.
"You may have heard that a little bit of stress
is actually good for you. In the just-right amount,
that adrenaline rush can power you through
a long day at work, boost your workouts and more.
But while it feels good to conquer the day,
in the end, it just simply feels better -
and is more beneficial to your health - to relax.
Some would argue that stress is
our biggest health concern, given that it has been
linked to so many other complications,
from heart problems to dementia.
CBS reported on a small study that examined the
role of stress in seizures and found that people are
often misdiagnosed with epilepsy,
when learning helpful relaxation and
coping techniques may be a better solution.
You may still end up racing to meet deadlines at work today,
or handling a stressful personal crisis -
life goes on, no matter what kind of day it is.
But relaxing whenever possible, and in whatever way
works for you (whether it's reading a book, taking a walk,
meditating, running, you name it!)
is healthier for you than you might think."
by Sarah Klein for Huffington Post
I've picked my selections for Top 3 Ways Relaxing Benefits You.
Read them below, with a link to 7 more reasons to relax!
Relaxing protects your heart.
You've probably heard that stress can seriously up your risk
of high blood pressure, heart attacks and other heart problems.
While researchers aren't sure exactly why, the research is
unanimously in favor of relaxation for your heart's sake.
"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,"
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, told Health.com.

Intense, sudden periods of stress or shock, like a breakup
or even winning the lottery, can trigger such a rush of adrenaline
that the heart can't function properly, resulting in
heart failure or heart attack-like symptoms.
In the case of a breakup or death of a loved one,
this has become known as broken heart syndrome.

Relaxing Strengthens Your Immune System
Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., a psychology professor at
Carnegie Mellon University, has been at the forefront
of stress research since the 1990s. Early on,
he showed that chronic stress lasting more than a month
but less than six months doubled a person's risk of catching a cold.
His more recent research has tried to figure out why,
and results seem to point to inflammation. It appears that stress
hampers the body's ability to fight inflammation,
by making immune cells less sensitive to the
hormone that "turns off" inflammation, Healthy Day reported.

Relaxing Fends Off Depression
Studies have shown that chronic stress can kill brain cells,
and even prevent the creation of new ones, in the hippocampus,
a part of the brain involved in a healthy response to stress,
according to Time.com. In 2011, a study in mice illustrated these
findings and began to explain one possible way antidepressants work.
The mice exposed to a stressful situation didn't want to eat,
gave up during a swimming task much faster and exhibited "pleasurelessness",
similar to human depression symptoms like loss of appetite, sadness and hopelessness.
In humans, the prolonged presence of stress hormone cortisol
can reduce levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are linked to depression.
Stress is also likely to exacerbate mood problems in people
with a history of depression or bipolar disorder, and could trigger relapses.
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