Major Key: The Importance of Rest and Relaxation

Author: Maria Mora
01.21 / Lifestyle

Being on top of your A-game takes a lot of work, focus, and preparation. In today's society, we're seeing plenty of women branch out of their traditional 9-5's to juggle multiple passion projects. Whilst being a #bossbish is something to be proud of, oftentimes we get so wrapped up in our careers that we forget the most important piece of the puzzle: ourselves. To some, taking some time to rest and relax is overlooked due to the high praise society gives to those who work or hustle 24/7.

Don't get us wrong - that feeling of conquering the day and getting sh*t done is gratifying, but taking some down time and catching enough Z's can be more helpful than you think. Check out some of the reasons why it's important to rest and relax below.

Your overall mood will improve. 
Though a little stress can be good for giving you that rush of adrenaline for the day, too much of it can be bad in the long run. High stress levels have been proven to reduce the dopamine and serotonin levels in your body, which is linked to depression. Stress can also be one of the main causes of mood problems, depression triggers, and bipolar disorder.

Relaxing gives us the opportunity to decompress and give our minds a break from the madness happening in the outer world, and I'm sure we can all agree that lack of sleep puts us in a crabby mood.

You'll lower the chances of getting sick in the future. 
It's been proven that being stressed for long periods of time can take its toll on our bodies, increasing chances of catching a cold. When we're undergoing chronic stress, it diminishes our body's ability to fight inflammation. Thus, causing our immune cells to be less sensitive to the hormone that "turns off" inflammation. Start squeezing in time to relax your body and mind, and it will pay off in the long run. 

Your memory will improve. 
Not getting those 7+ hours of sleep every night also affects our memory. Studies have shown that consistent stress affects the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that allows us to think abstractly and make better, healthier decisions. Studies have also shown that too much stress can be linked to Alzheimer's, due to the increase of certain proteins in the brain.

Relaxing = a better night's sleep = sharper memory and concentration.

It will keep you in the mood.
Our sex lives can suffer when we're experiencing high levels of stress. It causes us to develop a negative body image of ourselves, which in turn leads to not-so-great sex. Stress can also take a toll on our libido by overproducing a hormone called cortisol. Though our bodies need this hormone, too much of it can suppress our sex hormones.

Stress affects us physically, mentally, and emotionally. The importance of rest and taking the time to relax after a long day shouldn't be neglected. Whether it's meditation, going for a walk, taking a bubble bath, or listening to your favorite music, giving yourself a break can help with how you feel about yourself and the world around you; all while improving your physical health and decreasing your chances of developing some serious mental conditions.

How do you alleviate stress?

*These stunning photos were taken by Alex Maeland at The Aquila in Phuket, Thailand, booked via The Luxe Nomad.