Health and Stress: Active Relaxation Benefits

A wonderful article on the importance and benefits of active relaxation.

3-D Vitality

It seems our lives get busier and more stressful by the day. We know constant stress takes a dangerous toll on our health – physical, mental and emotional. While we may physically sit down and “relax” often our mind is still racing which is still producing tension.

Many people find it difficult, if not downright impossible, to really relax in a way that confers health benefits such as:

Slowing the heart rate, reducing blood pressure

Reducing risk of stroke

Slowing the breathing rate

Reducing the activity of stress hormones

Increasing blood flow to major muscles

Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain

Improving concentration and mood

Reducing fatigue

Reducing anger and frustration

Boosting mood

Improving memory

Maintaining healthy weight

Improving skin (healing psoriasis and acne more quickly)

Well sounds great, right? But how do you reap all those benefits when you are so busy? Well you can begin practicing “active relaxation.”…

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Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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