Relax To Improve Your Health
One of the easiest ways to improve health and vitality is through relaxation – releasing tension and returning the balance to both the mind and body. Practicing relaxation techniques puts the brakes on stress, lowers your blood pressure and brings the body and mind into balance. And since stress is known to contribute to the development of many diseases, incorporating relaxation into one’s daily schedule is an important step in creating and maintaining health.
Relaxation techniques come in a variety of forms and can all help in reducing stress:
Breathe & Focus – Simple, yet powerful. Take long, slow, deep breaths and disengage your mind from distracting thoughts.
Body Scan – Focus on releasing tension from one part of your body or group of muscles at a time through progressive muscle relaxation.
Guided Imagery – Visualize soothing scenes or places in your mind to help you relax.
Mindful Meditation – Sitting comfortably, focus on breathing and bringing your mind’s attention to the present moment, without drifting into past concerns or thoughts.
Yoga, Tai Chi – Combines breathing techniques and a series of postures or flowing movements offering a mental focus to help distract you from other thoughts.
Repetitive Prayer – Silently repeat a short prayer or phrase while practicing breathing.
Massage, Reflexology – Promotes relaxation through physical sensation.
No matter what technique you choose, the benefits from making relaxation a part of your daily routine can have remarkable health benefits such as:
- Protects your heart, lowers blood pressure
- Reduces inflammation, boosts immune system
- Decreases anxiety & depression
- Improves sleep quality, decreases insomnia
- Improves memory
- Lowers risk of stroke
- Reduces chronic pain & muscle tension
- Maintains normal blood sugar levels, regulates appetite
- Improves digestion
- Boosts energy
- Creates a sense of calmness & confidence
• Reduces anger & frustration
As you learn what relaxation techniques work best for you, whether it’s deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, or yoga, you can make an effort to practice it the moment you may start to feel stress symptoms. Not only will this prevent your stress from spiraling out of control, but it will create a healthy habit that you can practice anywhere.
So, slow down… breathe, and relax.
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