Learning to Relax
Whatever you’re doing right now -- which is probably reading my article -- I want you to stop and relax.
Forget about the children running around behind you, the laundry pile and sink full of dishes that are calling your name, the boss that wants that report on his desk yesterday, and what you might or might not be having for dinner tonight.
If you’re anything like me, you probably just nodded to at least one of these scenarios and rolled your eyes when I said, “Relax.”
Take a deep breath.
Heaven knows we all need a little bit of stress relief and the best way to relieve stress that is to learn to relax, and in this world that stops for no one, it’s extremely critical that we learn to relax. Not everybody will relax the same way or use the same relaxation techniques to relieve stress, but we must find what works for us.
Studies have shown that prolonged, unrelieved stress can have very negative effects on our body’s ability to fight off infection and can even increase our risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
Why Relaxation Techniques?
“Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. Relaxation techniques can help you cope with everyday stress and with stress related to various problems, such as cancer and pain.” (MayoClinic)
The best part of relaxation techniques is most of them are completely free and do-it-yourself. Relaxation techniques aim to slow your heart and breathing rate, lower your blood pressure, increase blood flow to major muscles, reduce muscle tension and pain, improve concentration, reduce anger and frustration, and boost confidence when handling problems.
With all those benefits, let’s look at some relaxation techniques that you can try. If one technique or combination of techniques doesn’t seem to work, keep trying different activities and different combinations and schedules until you find what works best to relieve the effects of stress for you. Your life depends on it.
Kinds of Relaxation Techniques