The importance of relaxation

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Rosemarie Layne
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The importance of relaxation

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“People feel that something is wrong with them, they complain of pain and fatigue, they are depressed and irritable, they dread life instead of enjoying it, they evade it instead of facing it.”

- Karin Roon, “The New Way to Relax”

We encounter seemingly insoluble problems in day-to-day living. That means tension. It starts out in the form of slight discomfort and fatigue, later it becomes chronic pain and, eventually, can lead to serious illness.

All goes well if a suitable outlet is found to release this energy. It’s when this is taken away that stress, unannounced, invites itself in. It fosters a sense of inferiority, develops a negative mental outlook and inhibits concentration. In extreme cases, it can even lead to delinquency and crime.

Roon in her book says stress “is like a pebble thrown into a quiet pool. The ripples spread until they reach the farthest bank. They not only affect your health and your spirits, your energy and your capacity for joyous living, but they react upon your family and your friends, your co-workers and your community.”

Even though just about everyone at SOME point and to some degree experiences this, certain professions indisputably fall under the high-stress category. People who are always busy - doctors , lawyers, policemen and journalists – will tell you it comes with the territory.

A local family physician describes stress as “an unpleasant state of mind brought about by a situation difficult to deal with.” He refers to the difficult situation as the “stressor” and the resulting reaction of the body or mind, as “stress”.

Although we tend to view stress only in negative terms, it is actually a natural and essential part of life. We need it to motivate us, otherwise we would never leave our beds! The goals we set for ourselves are stressors. Whether they be deadlines, quota or sales figures, our effort to meet them entails a great deal of stress, especially when there is a competitive element.

A journalist relayed: “The major things is deadlines, and with new stories, writing to strike a balance between what appear to be the news and what IS the news.” Also living in perpetual fear of writer’s block, he said that often when he is home at night, he keeps wondering about something he might have omitted or didn’t clarify in his work. He’s also faced the stressful situation of dealing with a sensitive story where he’s been pressed by an editor to reveal the identity of a source whom he felt strongly obligated to protect.

Similarly, a doctor readily admitted that his profession is a stressful one. “The most difficult expectations to deal with is that the doctor is always available and ready to listen to the patient’s whim. What might be an emergency to him (or her) might not be a clinical emergency.”

The good-natured physician said he often jokes about his job, with the slogan “We never close.” It’s true, he said, explaining that if he goes to the beach, for example, he is sure to bump into a patient who will immediately start relating some ailment to him.

He recounted that while he was home in bed with a viral infection, he was still taking calls from patients, who could not seem to fathom why he couldn’t come to see them. They found it quite difficult to accept that a doctor could, himself, get sick.

In coping with stress, the doctor said he tries his best to put himself in the patient’s position to be more sympathetic. But, of course, this isn’t easy with “the children screaming and my wife tearing her hair out in the kitchen!” still, none of this is supposed to interrupt the calm appearance and comforting tone of the doctor. “I just have to switch off.”

With all the hassles, he’s not once regretted his choice of career, since, oddly enough, medicine is his “favourite hobby.” He however, still breathes a sign of relief whenever he is able to leave the premises of his practice. But, when he has to be called out four times in eight hours, he admits, pleasure of the job “DOES tend to wear a bit thin.”

In case you’re wondering if you are someone you know fit into the “stressed” category, see the checklist below.


 Do you constantly wet your lips?

 Do you clamp your teeth hard together while working or reading?

 Do you bite your nails?

 Are you a pencil tapper?

 Do you drum on a chair arm or desk with your fingers?

 Are you developing a nervous tic around your mouth?

 Do you frown most of the time?

 Do you constantly glance at your watch?

 Do you crack your knuckles?

 Are you a chain smoker?

*Rosemarie Layne, who is certified in 2nd Degree Reiki, is a wholistic health advocate.
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Post by MeddaAussieGall »

As someone that travels alot I have learn to appreciate relaxation, it can change your life (and your blood pressure). great reading.

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Post by Susanexcal »

thats good I know Im a nervous eater and Im happy that Ive held my weight for the past couple of months with everything going on, too. high five
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