Labor Day is the celebration of workers everywhere, and whether or not you’re traditionally employed, Labor Day is a great reminder to take a break and RELAX. Easier said than done, we know, but relaxation is important for your health. Read on to learn why.
Stress is Bad for Your Heart
Plain and simple, chronic or intense stress is bad for your heart. Sudden, intense stress triggers a rush of adrenaline that can prevent the heart from functioning properly, but chronic stress can contribute to just as many problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, and irregular heartbeats. Over time, stress hormones lower the heart’s ability to do its job, so it’s important to identify and manage triggers when possible.
Relaxation Improves Your Immune System
Studies have shown that chronic stress lasting more than a month doubles a person’s chance of catching a cold. Relaxation lowers inflammation in the body and improves the body’s ability to fight off disease.
Relaxing Improves Brain Health and Function
Chronic stress impairs the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that’s in charge of cognitive analysis and appropriate behavior — functions you don’t want to be without! It’s also more difficult to learn under stress, and you’re more likely to forget the things you thought you’d learned while under stress. Some studies indicate that chronic stress can exacerbate or speed up the process of Alzheimer’s disease, but people who cope best with stressful life events have a 24 percent lower risk of stroke according to a University of Cambridge study in 2007.
Relaxation Staves Off Depression and Anxiety
Chronic stress means your body is being overexposed to the stress hormone cortisol, which can reduce levels of “happy” hormones serotonin and dopamine.
How to Relax
This Labor Day, why not challenge yourself to create pockets or relaxation in your daily life? Make a list of things that make you feel relaxed. Maybe it’s reading, exercise, yoga, going to the movies, scrapbooking, or artistic endeavors. With your list in hand, take a look at your calendar and find ways to fit in the activities you’ve listed. Schedule them like you would anything else, and make those appointments non-negotiable. As you read above, it really is a matter of protecting your health!
Relax at IVX Health
Whether you’re managing a chronic illness or simply looking to give your health an extra boost with a Myers’ Cocktail, IVX Health offers the best of all worlds in outpatient IV therapy. With the warmth of a spa-like setting and the comforts of home without having to entertain medical professionals, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. We’ll even provide refreshments.
We also understand the demands of a busy schedule, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on weekends at two convenient locations on either side of the state line in both Lee’s Summit and Overland Park. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at either one of our locations.