Balancing Stress and Relaxation

Stress and relaxation are at different ends of the spectrum – they are opposites. Both stress and relaxation are essential in order for us to enjoy a full and productive life. Often, however, people do not balance their stress and relaxation adequately.

It is important to recognise the difference between good stress and bad stress, life-changing events like getting married, becoming a parent, moving house, starting a new job or starting school can all be stressful events; but these are ultimately good for you – the stress is usually short-lived. Bad and more dangerous stress is long-term background stress which can be caused by any number of factors including: frustration, overwork, failure or perceived failure as well as more specific life circumstances and illnesses.

Being too relaxed and laid back, unconcerned about the stresses of life, is also not a desirable state for most people. In such cases people miss out on important emotions and feelings that are needed to keep our minds healthy and alert. Such feelings may include: pride in a job well done, success, exhilaration and excitement.

The key then is to balance good stress, bad stress and relaxation in such a way that we optimise our life experiences, remain healthy, achieve more and reach our potential. In order to do this we need to listen to what our bodies and minds are telling us and learn how and when to relax.

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