That deep breath, a walk, visualizing a positive outcome to something you want, remembering a beautiful scene are all instances of relaxation. These relaxation activities have a major positive impact on mental, physical and spiritual health.
The conscious use of this “Superpower” helped me heal and released my panic and terror attacks I suffered for years, after a traumatic event. Becoming familiar with relaxation techniques, helped to release this energy. Practice and trying different techniques allowed me to decrease the frequency, intensity and my negative thinking. The more I practiced relaxation, the easier I developed my secret superpower. I moved from a state of paralysis into taking those small daily steps to improve my life.
You may feel like you are spiraling down, just cannot get out of bed, or find yourself yelling at anyone that crosses your path. The sooner you identify and address the stresses in your life, the quicker you can recover your sense of living life more fully. Start from where you are.
There is help. You can learn and try a few techniques to replace your old habits and create new healthy ones. We all have our “go-to things” to de-stress. Many only add to our stress if done to excess, like alcohol, overeating, pain pills, binge TV watching, or playing computer games. If you are using these escape techniques more than three times a week or longer than a month or two, talk with someone who you value, sooner than later. Should you have more pronounced symptoms, see your doctor or health care professional.
It does not matter what stage of stress you are in, you can benefit from relaxation. You may already do a few techniques and want a few more ways to lower stress. Friends, family, our kids, and co-workers can benefit just by watching how you are coping with situations.
On a number occasions, people will ask, “What are you doing to keep calm and healing?” They may say, “Can you show me?” I respond by saying, “Sure, I would be happy to do so.” Often they would come back with something new to share.
Here is a list of the benefits of relaxation
- Improved concentration
- Better mood for longer periods of time
- Lowers blood pressure
- Better sleep
- Less pain
- Lower stress and chemicals released
- Improved digestion
- Less anger and frustration
- Fewer anxiety and panic attacks
I find that walking daily and sometimes two times a day helps calm my runaway mind, relaxes my body and balances my emotions. There is a definite shift in my energy levels and I get more things done.
I was surprised to find that clutter at my desk and my office were large distractions. I would look at the room and turn around and say, “I just do not want or cannot face it now.” The ‘now’ lingered from days to sometimes weeks. This was not one of my best insights about myself. Light and sounds also bothered me more during that time. Be gentle with yourself. Like any skill, it takes time and practice to become proficient.
Relaxation needs to be elevated to a priority in your life. Relaxed people are friendlier, calmer, laugh more often, and don’t take everything personally or so seriously. Laugh out loud and invite others to laugh with you.
Relaxation techniques I use
- Writing and Journal Writing
- Color Breathing
- Deep Breathing
- Self Hypnosis
- Guided Imagery
Add a few of your own: Skiing, Sailing, Crafting, and Dancing classes. Open your mind and be adventurous. Explore some activities you daydream about.
I hope that you found a few bits of information to assist you in improving your life. Each relaxed person shares that feeling with at least 25 people. See the places you frequent with more relaxed people.
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