An equal part of our four chambered heart health image would be relaxation techniques. This quadrant may be the most overlooked. Here at books-empower.com, we've presented dozens of pages about better diet and exercise. We've tried to suggest great books to further educate you on the direct paths to better cardiovascular system health.
I've put up some pages concerning stress relief as well. There is no debate about the importance of relaxation techniques in the overall plan for good health. But like all four quadrants, lifestyles get in the way too often. We get in a hurry and forget to slow down.
From a physical sense, this racing through life cuts in into good sleep time, which always affects us. Some more than others, but over time it will catch up with us.
So in this page, I'll offer a few very simple relaxation techniques. And this page will be a first person testimonial, very much like the two from Steven in southern USA . It will be like those from Karen who gave us two great pages. But this page will come from me. This is my own personal relaxation techniques short course.
We have readers at books-empower.com from many countries. I'm sure you all have great spots in your area to relax and just let the stress roll away. Have you been there lately?
Here in Michigan we have some great spots to visit in the summer. In this page, I'll tell you and show you some stress relievers we used in Ludington Michigan.
To start out, how about some time on the water? Maybe you'd like to cruise out onto the lake for the day. Don't bother with the laptop and don't worry about work. Just for today, have no concerns except remembering the sunscreen. Just below you'll see two guys leaving the incredible marina in Ludington.
They told us the small mouth bass were really hitting that week. If you look closely, you'll notice the man on the left side is reading a good book. Of course we got that shot for books-empower.com. Can you picture yourself heading out to Lake Michigan as you see that boat cruise into the distance?
I love history. Just below you'll see pictures of a lighthouse built long ago, but still in operation. We climbed to the top of that structure. The view is incredible. They have volunteers who sit at the top and give some background about how the traffic flow works. That channel is deep enough to allow very big freighters into dock as well as hundreds of boaters and fishermen.
Below that you'll see the lighthouse in the distance. We walked that half mile out from shore to get there. I'll admit that I had a slight case of the chilly willies as I walked out there. The sheer size of the big lake is kind of awesome. On the way back I was fine. I guess my sea legs came around.
Can you see yourself spending a week out here? Take a look at those beachfront houses from this shot we took from a breakwater. As you stand out here, you'll feel no pressure or worry. As easy a relaxation technique as you can find anywhere.
In the next shot, you see what is left of the old lighthouse. It was damaged by a savage winter wind and then hit by a ferryboat. You'll also see a boat coming back in from the open water of Lake Michigan.
Maybe you'd like to take a leisurely trip across Lake Michigan to Wisconsin? The "Badger" makes that trip on a regular schedule. When they come back into port in the evening, the people come out to line the marina edges. They wave a hearty welcome from shore as the travelers stand on the big deck getting ready to touch Ludington ground. This shot was taken in the morning
Some of those boats in the marina shown just below make the trip down to Chicago as well.
Ludington offers great beaches with sand volleyball courts, outdoor concerts, plenty of picturesque walking trails and very welcoming people. Maybe your idea of fun is flying down a snow covered mountain. Maybe it is white water rafting.
It really doesn't matter. What matters is taking the time to do it. All the improved diet, better exercise and increased knowledge loses it's healing power if stress controls our lives. Take a breath.
Find your favorite relaxation techniques and use them. Often. We get one life cycle to soak it all in. Don't waste any of it in excess worry and distress.
Have some fun.