Relaxation is the art of living in harmony with ourselves.
Relaxation is important for various reasons such as helping
in rejuvenation of your energy reserves, reducing stress and
helping you sleep.
is not always easy to master but they are worth the effort.
Several minutes of inner silence on a regular basis will provide
you with an experience to last a lifetime. Make time each
day to relax and relieve the tensions in your body and allow
your mind to be free from daily worries.
Relaxation also helps you think clearly, it helps your focus
to be clear and it helps you find perspective in life.Relaxation
is more than a state of mind; it physically changes the way
your body functions. When your body is relaxed breathing slows,
blood pressure and oxygen consumption decrease, and you can
experience an increased sense of well-being.
Daily exercise, balanced diet and getting an adequate amount
of sleep are steps we have to take to achieve this. General
relaxation must play a part in each day in order live a comfortable
and healthy life.
is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your
mind and body. Rest and relaxation are an important part of
a healthy lifestyle for all ages. It rejuvenates your body
and mind, regulates your mood, and improves learning, creativity
and productivity. On the other hand, not getting enough rest
and relaxation can negatively affect your health, relationships,
sleep, memory, and stress level.
Week 8 your goal is to incorporate relaxation techniques that
combine breathing and focused attention on calming the mind
and the body. Here are some important facts:
live in a fast-paced world where "fight or flight"
stress reactions have become an unnatural norm. Natural
stress symptoms such as accelerated heart beats, faster
and shorter breathing and muscle tension exist in the
human body to enable us to react quickly to life-threatening
circumstances by either fighting off the threat or fleeing
from it. These stress reactions are supposed to occur
only in rare circumstances and should not be the daily
experience which they have become.
our bodies were not designed for daily stress, it is a
challenge for us to cope physically and emotionally with
it, particularly if it's chronic. Harvard Medical School
research concludes that repetitive and prolonged activation
of a body's stress response takes a toll on the body and
that prolonged stress contributes to high blood pressure,
promotes the formation of artery-clogging deposits, and
causes brain changes that may contribute to anxiety, depression,
our brains wired to mobile phones and computers nearly
all day long, many people have forgotten how to relax
and need to relearn how to do it. Relaxation requires
the discipline to completely disconnect from daily stress
and worry so this may mean turning off your mobile phone
while you're relaxing. Even a few minutes of quiet time
per day for only yourself will be beneficial.
physically changes the way your body functions by slowing
breathing, increasing blood flow to muscles, decreasing
muscle tension and counteracting effects of stress including
depression, digestive disorders and insomnia.
is your action list for practising relaxation this week.
The techniques are most effective when practised routinely
and combined with good nutrition, regular exercise and a
deep abdominal breathing - Deep abdominal breathing
is an excellent relaxation technique.
to soothing music - Soothing and peaceful music helps
to relax, reduce muscle tension and improve sleep
self-massage - Massage is fundamental for dealing
with stress and muscular tension. It encourages circulation
and stimulates blood flow. See Appendix H for the
a hot bath - A hot bath with essential oils will relieve
muscle tension and quiet the mind.
hobbies - When is the last time you practiced your
favourite hobby? Make your hobbies priorities again!
to your body & slow down - Listen more carefully
to your body's needs. If you're feeling tired, slow
down or stop what you're doing. Reduce long hours
at work. If you need a nap, take it.
good novels - Unlike watching television or movies,
reading is a more inward activity which calms the
mind. Use a bookrest to relax and keep your posture
upright while reading - see Postura bookrest at Appendix
meditation - Meditation calms the fluctuations of
the mind. See Appendix G for water meditation.
skip your Mastermoves exercises - The fluid movements
and deep breathing of Mastermoves exercises are incredibly
with friends and family - Maintaining meaningful relationships
with friends and family who are positive and supportive
may reduce stress.