For the month of June, my husband and I decided to take a ‘stay-cation’ by renting a beach bungalow. We are still working and going about our lives, but we are bunking at the beach. Upon arrival, we immediately started to unwind. The sounds of the ocean and feel of the breeze has a way of putting one at ease. For me, being at the beach is the epitome of relaxation. So it got me thinking, do we relax enough? More often than not, the answer is ‘no’.

Being busy is the new black these days. If you aren’t busy, you are made to feel like your time is less valuable. At least that is how I sometimes feel. At the end of the day, it’s not worth it. Being busy all the time is overrated and exhausting. So whenever I find a minute to myself, I usually want to do one of two things: practice yoga or kick-back and relax. Normally, I feel pressure to do yoga or some other form of body movement. The general feeling is, more working out is better. However, since moving into the beach house, I’ve been choosing to relax instead. Why? Because it’s just as important as working out. The steady rhythm and calm of the beach have reminded me of that.

Why is relaxing just as important as working out? Because we need to give our bodies time to decompress. Biologically speaking, we need to activate the “rest & digest” mode, which is the opposite of “fight or flight” mode. Think of the former as relaxation, and the latter as stress. When stressed, the body is flooded with hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, and it loses the ability to heal. When relaxed, the body experiences a state of equilibrium and is in a much better position to heal from being sick or injured. Additionally, when you are relaxed, you are better able to deal with the emotional stresses of life. You might even lose some weight doing it! Don’t believe me, check out this article.

So go ahead and take a load off! Put your feet up, take a few minutes to yourself, and relax. You can also spend time meditating, breathing, or practicing restorative yoga. Enjoy!