What do fun and health have in common? More than you might think.
Laughter with friends, discovering new experiences, throwing the ball after which the dog runs, watching a favourite show or movie or reading a book - all these are part of leisure activities. Therefore, consider the following 8 benefits that fun and relaxation have on your health:
1. Reducing stress
Cortisol, also known as the "stress hormone," rises to unhealthy levels when we are stressed. It has the role of saving our lives when we are in extreme situations. Outside of these situations, cortisol can cause weight gain and inhibit the body's ability to fight infections. Therefore, play, new, relaxing activities, hobbies lead to good health
2. Our friend, serotonin
Fun increases serotonin levels. This is a chemical that regulates many of our basic processes (from sleep patterns to body temperature and mood). When we choose to do activities that we enjoy and that help us relax, the level of serotonin in the body naturally increases.
3. Energy plus
Fun and relaxing leisure activities can also lead to increased energy levels. Make time for relaxation, fun with friends and choose new activities that will help you feel less tired, have a good physical condition and mental clarity.
4. Deep sleep
Carrying out pleasant and relaxing activities during the day helps you sleep better. Thus, the level of cortisol in the body decreases, and the quality of sleep increases.
5. Positive models
Relaxation and involvement in activities to enjoy, along with people who make you happy, lead to major benefits in reducing stress, improving sleep quality, the ability to become calmer and cooperative. Conclusion: surround yourself with positive role models in your life.
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