Rea­sons to rest

Re­lax­ing prop­erly means you’ll reap all-round ben­e­fits:

Friday - - Health -

It im­proves your health...

by fight­ing off the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol, which can af­fect the im­mune sys­tem, raise blood pres­sure and choles­terol lev­els, as well as caus­ing kid­ney and di­ges­tive prob­lems. Re­search has also found anx­ious peo­ple have more chance of heart at­tacks later in life. (Jour­nal of Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy)

It saves your looks...

by en­sur­ing that col­la­gen needed for plump-look­ing skin is not bro­ken down by cor­ti­sol, caus­ing de­hy­dra­tion and, even­tu­ally, deep-set lines and wrin­kles. Too much cor­ti­sol is also re­spon­si­ble for weight gain around the ab­domen, on the face and up­per back.

It lifts your mood...

by re­leas­ing sero­tonin – known as ‘the happy hor­mone’. Find­ing a way to truly re­lax means you’re more likely to feel pos­i­tive and lifted be­cause the brain rapidly re­sponds to feel­ing good.

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