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Techniques for Relaxation

Techniques for Relaxation
26 Mar 12

Techniques for Relaxation

With work, home life, and everything else in between, life can get pretty hectic and stressful. One thing that can help you get through a stressful time is relaxation techniques. Relaxation techniques can help reduce stress and allow you to enjoy a higher quality of life. Relaxation techniques are about more than peace of mind. Relaxation techniques can help reduce the effects of stress on your mind as well as the body. These techniques can help you to cope with everyday stress as well as stress related to serious medical conditions.

Benefits of Relaxation Techniques

  • Increased confidence when handling problems
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced pain and muscle tension
  • Improved concentration
  • Reduced anger and frustration
  • Slows down your breathing rate
  • Helps to regulate your heart rate
  • Increased blood flow to your muscles

Techniques for Relaxation

  • Massage
  • Yoga
  • Mediation
  • Tai Chi
  • Visualization. Visualization allows you to form mental images that take you to a more peaceful and calming place. This may include the beach or your favorite vacation spot.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation. This technique focuses on the relaxation of each muscle group. To do this you need to focus on the physical sensations that occur in your body when you are stressed and then slowly work to release the tense muscles.
  • Autogenic relaxation. Autogenic is something that comes from within you. In autogenic relaxation, you use visual imagery and body awareness to help reduce your stress levels. You may repeat words or phrases that will help you to relax. You will then focus on controlling your heart rate, breathing and tense muscles.

It is important to remember that relaxation techniques take practice. You will need to become more aware of your muscular tensions and the physical sensations related to stress in order for relaxation techniques to become more effective.

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