Simple relaxation techniques help you cope with stress and stay calm and in control. You need 20 minutes a day for breathing, visualization, muscle relaxation. Learn stress management techniques.
Let me share with you my favourite relaxation practices that reduce stress and help me, and my clients (who are also my friends), keep a cool head and calm heart in the ups and downs of daily life.
We all have days... weeks?... months?... when we feel as if everything and everyone is on top of us.
I always believe that it is much better to avoid the problem in the first place, rather than trying to fix it when the damage has been done.
We need stress to keep us moving and motivated!
But too much stress and, particularly, too much unmanaged stress floods our bodies with chemicals that prepare us for "fight or flight". While the stress response is helpful if we are in a situation that needs us to be alert and active, it does wear us down when it is constantly activated.
DON'T let the effects of stress make your life miserable and affect your health! Make a positive resolve to learn these relaxation techniques and you will find that it IS possible to be in control of how your environment affects you.
Work out a stress relief programme that suits you.
The aim of your relaxation practice is to evoke the relaxation response in your body. The relaxation response brings you back into balance and valuable changes take place -
* deepens your breathing
* reduces stress hormones
* slows down your heart rate and blood pressure
* relaxes your muscles
* blood lactate levels (which are believed to be linked to panic attacks) decline
Research also shows that the relaxation response increases energy and focus, relieves aches and pains, boosts the immune system, heightens problem-solving abilities and boosts levels of motivation and productivity.
In fact, by practicing a relaxation technique or two...or three... you are connecting to your body's wonderful possibility for self-healing.
You MUST enjoy whatever techniques you practice...This is half the battle won. "Relaxation" must not become another chore that you have to fit into your day.
So take your time...
Read through the different techniques. See what appeals to you. And try them out. Combine one or two and make sure that you look forward to your relaxation time.
Relaxation techniques that are great for reducing stress and achieving the relaxation response include:
I tried two fun and effective relaxation techniques on a site that I really like.
It really is not difficult to learn these techniques. But it does take practise and persistance to get the best stress-relieving benefits from them - in fact, daily practise!
Most experts advice setting aside at least 10 - 20 minutes a day. 30 minutes to an hour would give you even more stress relief.
Do's and Dont's
Relaxation Practice is NOT
~ watching TV
~ laying around
~ sun tanning
Relaxation Practice IS
~ a conscious, mindful process
~ best done when you are in an awake state
~ more beneficial the more you train
~ something everyone can do/should do
Some TIPS to remember to help you make the most of your relaxation practice...
Now take your time and find out which techniques appeal to you.
My site offers simple-to-use explanations and information for you to get going right away... Click on the navbar on your left.
Don't forget to share the experience!
Massage the pet!
Teach someone how to Breath Deeply!
Teach your kids Progressive Muscle Relaxation!
And don't forget to SMILE!