Why Relaxation Isn’t a Waste of Time

Ever have to justify taking time to relax? If you think about it, the benefits of relaxation are priceless!

Increasing your level of relaxation can have tremendous impact upon your attitude, productivity, inter-personal relationships and creativity.

5 Reasons Why Relaxation Isn’t a Waste of Time

by Gina Belli

These days, it seems like everyone is interested in relaxation techniques and mindfulness practices — even many top employers. If you’re pondering ways to embrace a calmer life, start by remembering why you should make relaxing a top priority in the first place. Hint: it’s not just about enjoying your personal life outside of work. Learning how to relax can make a big impact on your professional life, too.

  1. You’ll be more able to think positively.

When you’re stressed, it changes the way you see the world around you, and focusing on the negative can really drag you down. However, when you’re relaxed, it’s easier to think more positively, which could do wonders for your career. You’ll be more upbeat, more energized, and more willing to face the challenges of the day with a good attitude and determination.

  1. You’ll be more productive.

It can be difficult to feel relaxed when there is so much to do. However, dashing from one task to the next actually isn’t the best way to get things done. Instead, when you settle in with one to-do item without worrying about the dozens of other things you also need to do, your ability to focus will improve, and you’ll be more productive.

In fact, a growing body of research affirms that “strategic renewal” (midday workouts, more sleep, regular breaks after periods of focus, longer/more frequent vacations, etc.,) improves health, productivity, and ultimately job performance.

Read the rest at Payscale’s Career News blog.