According to the National Institute of Mental Health, we define stress as the brain’s response to a demand. While there are many reasons why the body triggers this response, it is often because of change, positive or negative. Severe problems can occur if stress goes on for too long and it can take a toll on your body mentally and physically.
That’s why relaxation is so incredibly important. Practicing meditation and yoga are two terrific ways to beat stress and stay relaxed. And even the simple acts of breathing deeply or getting a good night’s rest can bring you to a relaxed state that prevents stress.
To discuss the major health benefits of relaxation, I chatted with Dr. Jennifer Weinberg, MD, MPH, MBE. She is a preventive and lifestyle medicine physician, yoga instructor and the Founder of the Simple|Pure|WholeWellness Method. Dr. Weinberg promotes relaxation on a daily basis, and knows just how important it can be to your health.