Many people live in areas, like Los Angeles, that are in close proximity to the beach – but rarely take the time to go.
Countless research studies show that spending time at the beach helps reduce stress, calming the brain and activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which serves to slow the heart rate, increases gland and activity, and relaxes muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.
Our schedules have become so demanding that many people have stopped taking time out for themselves, regarding it as “unproductive,” when the truth is that relaxation is a critical element in obtaining optimal health and well-being.
Standing up for just two minutes every hour, combined with 1000 mgs of vitamin C, can boost circulation and release nitric oxide – which reverses the cell damage caused by sitting for extended periods of time.
Just 30 minutes of relaxation helps balance blood sugar levels, reduce the production of cortisol (stress hormone), improve digestion and more!
Reading is a great way to relax. Share one of your favorite books with us.
While it’s good to sleep in on Sundays, it’s also important to get outdoors.
Spending time outdoors increases attention problem-solving skills and focus by as much as 50%. This may also be due to unplugging from technology, as much as spending time in nature.