Relaxation techniques occupy a significant position in a person’s health and fitness regime. Unlike the prevalent common belief, relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the wear and tear on the mind and body from the challenges and hassles of daily life.
With so many things occupying the prominent position in life, relaxation techniques often takes the back seat. However, practicing relaxation techniques can reduce the stress symptomsby:
• Slowing heart rate
• Lowering blood pressure
• Slowing the breathing rate
• Increasing the blood flow to major muscles
• Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
• Improving concentration
• Reducing anger and frustration
• Boosting confidence to handle problems
Relaxation techniques vary according to a person’s interest, his/her likes or dislikes. However,the most common relaxation techniques include:
• Tai chi
• Listening to music
Practicing particular relaxation techniques prevents the stress from spiraling out of control.
It should be noted thatrelaxation techniques are skills and the ability to relax increases with practice. One should be patient with oneself and should not apply extra pressure while relaxing otherwise there is huge possibility that the destressor become the stressor.
Warning: If there is a feeling of emotional discomfort during the relaxation techniques, stop the practice and consider talking to the health care professional or mental health provider.