Relaxation Techniques and Tips
Relaxation techniques are a great way to help in your pursuit to reduce stress. Relaxation isn't just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the wear and tear of life's challenges on your mind and body. Whether you have a lot of stress in your life or you've got it under control, you can benefit from learning relaxation techniques. Learning basic meditation relaxation techniques isn't hard.
Explore these simple relaxation techniques to get you started on de-stressing your life and improving your health.
There are ample sources of stress in the world nowadays. As the old saying goes, "there's no need to look for trouble, because trouble will find you all on its own". All of us have troubles and worries, along with all these stresses, few of us even have time to kick back and relax. If you suffer from anxiety and wish to ease those anxious moods you have and feel relaxed for a while, then you can.
There are a number of relaxation techniques that take little time and are highly effective which you can do from anywhere, even at work.
If I were to find the perfect relaxation technique, I could probably make a fortune sharing it with others, but there is no set technique that works for everyone all the time.
It’s just a case of trying a few and seeing what works.
Just typing into google one will find a plethora of techniques and ideas that may seem overwhelming, so I think it’s best to just start at the beginning with basic breathing.
But we breathe anyway right? Yes of course we do or we wouldn’t be here, but do we breathe well? Most people do not.
Also, I know that the people around me seem to be more and more stressed as time goes along. More people are trying many varied relaxation techniques but still find nothing works for them. Plus it’s super time consuming.
Starting with the breath is the here and now. No need to search outside of yourself. Free and easy.
Performing deep breathing can be very therapeutic, and with enough practice, can become your standard way of breathing. Deep breathing concentrates on the diaphragm.
To breathe with the diaphragm, one must draw air into the lungs in a way which will expand the stomach and not the chest.
It is best to perform these breaths as long, slow intakes of air - allowing the body to absorb all of the inhaled oxygen while simultaneously relaxing the breathing. Hold for a moment and then slowly release the breath. Pu your hand on your tummy to feel the gentle rise and expansion of your tummy rather than your chest.
To do this comfortably, it is best to loosen tight-fitting shirts, pants, belts, skirts as these can interfere with the body's ability to intake air.
The old-fashioned remedy of breathing slowly into a paper bag works amazingly well to relax you and restore proper breathing too. So another version of this relaxation technique involves taking those slow deep breaths. At first you may find you need to force yourself to breathe slowly but persist and you will soon find it very normal. Everything new takes time and may be uncomfortable at first.
Also bear in mind that some people, especially those with significant psychological problems and/or a history of abuse, may experience feelings of emotional discomfort during relaxation exercises, in fact anyone can. Some may even feel overwhelmed.
Although this is rare, if you experience a lot of emotional discomfort during relaxation exercises, stop what you're doing and consider talking to your health care professional. Some relaxation techniques will work for some people, while some will leave others feeling a little out of sorts.
Write down all of your thoughts and feelings and move through your list one at a time. Be kind to yourself. Just because it doesn’t feel natural straight away doesn’t mean it will always feel this way. Many people think they can’t do breathing exercises or meditation at first and yet soon enough they master it all and find great relief.
Just don’t give up, take your time and all will become clear.