I am glad there is a thread on this in this forum as I think relaxing is vitally important to weight-loss, and ofcourse health and beauty in general; because how relaxed we are has a direct effect on our health, and of course our mood. (When I start talking about this I always start thinking of that scene in The Holiday when Cameron Diaz is going crazy talking about how being stressed makes women look older but not men - I don't know if that is true, but it always makes me laugh, which doesn't help trying to get my point across!)
Me and my OH made NY resolutions this year to slow down, stop rushing, and simply stop being so stressed! By slowing down I don't mean being a slob - spending the day watching telly and then fallling asleep on the couch - I mean ensuring that you have 'me' (or 'us') time to really rejuvinate and reflect on the day and what will be happening the next. A time without screens and constant buzzing noise of electronic, a time to talk and to listen, and to breath ... (you can see I really believe in this stuff!)
Learning to relax (and it can take learning!) is perfectly apt for people like us who are trying to loose weight. Because this also invovled making sure you get enough sleep, and that that sleep is GOOD sleep. I read this article here:
In the middle of the article it talks about the connection between getting less than 5 hours of sleep a night and obesity - I had no idea there was one! Me and my OH (who is also overweight) decided that we were going to try and get eight hours sleep (the recommended amount for adults) as often as possible, and if we were to do this properly we had to replace our awful lumpy mattress. We went and got a memory foam mattress from *name deleted* Bedrooms, and have never slept better. We may not spring out of bed each morning, but we certainly have more energy at breakfast (energy for yoghurt and museli, mind!) and throughout the day. Nothing to do with tablets, medication, crazy diets or hypnosis. We are simply relaxing more .... and feel great.
So great, that sometimes we even do a Cameron ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BxMOwRhlGQ