Poles understand rest only as an interesting way to spend their free time. Thus, they forget about physiological relaxation. Meanwhile, this is the only way to properly take care of the mental and physical condition of the body.
Edenred's research shows that half of Poles suffer from work-related stress. Chronic stress, on the other hand, has a negative impact on health - people who suffer from it are more likely to contract infections, which is related to the weakening of the immune system. According to Swedish researchers, stress also increases the possibility of developing breast cancer. One way to fight stress is to relax. For most Poles it means going to the cinema, doing sports or an evening with friends. Meanwhile, psychologists stress the importance of physiological relaxation.
- This is relaxation in which we have relaxed muscles and a mind free of emotions. Physiological relaxation, which is related to relaxing, muscle relaxation and freeing ourselves from emotions, is the relaxation we achieve, for example by focusing on breathing. You can sit down comfortably and close your eyes and watch your breath - says Iwona Kowalewski, Sita's expert in the field of relaxation, in an interview with Newseria Lifestyle news agency.
Scientists define physiological relaxation as a state in which the mind is free of emotions, among brain waves recorded by an electroencephalograph alpha waves of about 7 Hz predominate, the heart works rhythmically but slowly, the muscles are not tense and blood pressure is constant. This state of the human body naturally reaches twice a day: just before bedtime and just after waking up.
- These are the moments when the body goes through a kind of reset, is on "stand by," as some people say. These are the moments necessary for mental and physical health. This is the relaxation. And if we consciously allocate time to this kind of relaxation, then our physical and intellectual functioning will be at a much higher level," says Iwona Kowalewski.
To put your body in a state of physiological relaxation, you can use breathing exercises. Scientists also suggest using special devices that help to achieve a state of relaxation within half a minute. These devices convert human breath into light and sound stimuli. The human being receives these stimuli and subconsciously regulates the frequency and depth of breathing. Feedback occurs between breathing and visual and auditory sensations, which helps to enter a state of deep relaxation.
- If we take advantage of such relaxation, we are able to achieve much more in both intellectual and emotional life, because such regular gaining of distance to ourselves and to our activities allows us to assess more accurately what is important. Everyone can admit that people who are less stressed, make decisions more easily, make the right decisions, are more satisfied with life and generally live better - says Iwona Kowalewski.
Research has proven that in a state of deep relaxation, the brain's ability to perceive and remember information increases. Such relaxation strengthens the immune system, helps to heal sleep disorders, facilitates the fight against addictions and increases resistance to stress.