The more we have to do, the less we rest.

In fact, we often step up a gear in busy periods.

And that while relaxation is very important for your health.

For example, chronic stress can cause a burnout or other psychological and physical complaints.

Almost all Dutch people consider relaxation important for a healthy life, but almost half make no attempt to relax more often.

This is often due to fatigue, stress and lack of time, according to research by Kantar on behalf of Zilveren Kruis.

Relaxation is a luxury that is often put off until we are less busy.

But no one can be 'on' all day.

Just as it is important to eat well and exercise enough, it is also important to relax enough.

Especially in busy periods, the balance between exercise and relaxation is important to keep an eye on.

Your health is a total picture and relaxation also counts when it comes to your health.

Wondering if you relax enough?

Check it with the Total Check of Zilveren Kruis.

Positive effects of relaxation

When you relax, you replenish your reserves such as energy, motivation and concentration.

This makes you more motivated, improves concentration, improves your creativity, makes you more emotionally stable, lowers your heart rate and blood pressure and makes you generally happier.

Are you too busy for long periods of time: is your diary constantly full and do you feel constantly rushed?

Then you use up those reserves.

When you keep going and walking on your gums, you are less productive, your thoughts wander more often, you remember less and you can lose the overview.

That's why, according to sports psychologist Tony Schwartz, you should alternate busy periods with relaxing and recharging.

"Live and work like a sprinter, not a marathoner," Schwartz says.

You can relax and recharge at home or at work.

For example by listening to your favorite music, walking around or reading a book.

Make an effort to relax

Speaking of walking, physical exertion works well for relaxation.

Did you know that doing nothing does not always help against fatigue?

You can come home exhausted from a day at the office, but then you are not so much physically exhausted, but mentally exhausted.

With physical fatigue, it helps to relax for a while, but mental exhaustion requires a different approach.

According to neuroscientist Erik Scherder, it is important to stimulate the hippocampus and the frontal lobe in your brain to combat stress, negative emotions and mental fatigue.

You do this by moving, among other things.

A walk of 20 minutes already does a lot of good.

You are so distracted from all the worries of everyday life, and exercise - from yoga to aerobics - also reduces the amount of stress hormones in the body.

But listening to music and getting enough sleep can also help to combat stress, negative emotions and mental fatigue.

Instead of watching TV, it is better to put on some music, exercise or take a walk to get rid of stress and relax.

Learn to relax in small steps

Could you use some help with relaxing in an accessible and practical way?

Download the app 'Actify, the vitality coach', an initiative of Zilveren Kruis, and find a way that suits you and that does not require you to change your entire rhythm.

With the app you learn in small steps to easily add healthy (new) habits to your daily routine in order to sleep better, eat healthy, exercise regularly and relax sufficiently.

Curious about the series 'more relaxed' or 'mindset in balance'? You will find these and more minis and series in the app.