12 Weeks to a Healthier you: Week 8 -Juiciest Deals

12 Weeks to a Healthier you: Week 8

This week is all about relaxation techniques and finding ways to relax. We all know stress is no good and finding ways to relax is a must. Though many experts say that some stress is good for you because it can sharpen your senses and your mind, but too much stress is bad for your mental health (which you can retain with the use of stones and gems).  Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. Relaxation techniques can help you cope with everyday stress. The best part is Relaxation techniques also are often free or low cost.

Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress by:

  • Slowing your heart rate
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing your breathing rate
  • Increasing blood flow to your muscles
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Improving concentration
  • Balancing your moods
  • Boosting confidence

In general, relaxation techniques involve refocusing your attention on something calming and increasing awareness of your body.

There are several main types of relaxation methods, including:

  • Autogenic relaxation. Autogenic means something that comes from within you. In this relaxation method, you use both visual imagery and body awareness to reduce stress. You repeat words in your mind to relax and reduce muscle tension. For example, you may imagine a peaceful setting like beach waves and then focus on controlled, relaxing breathing, slowing your heart rate, or feeling different physical sensations.
  • Deep Breathing. Techinically means what it says.With its focus on full, cleansing breaths, deep breathing is a simple, yet powerful, relaxation technique. Cleasing breaths are very popular in yoga.It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels down. Deep breathing is the cornerstone of many other relaxation practices, too, and can be combined with other relaxing elements such as aromatherapy and music.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation.
    Progressive muscle relaxation involves a two-step process in which you systematically tense and relax different muscle groups in the body.With regular practice, progressive muscle relaxation gives you an intimate familiarity with what tension—as well as complete relaxation—feels like in different parts of the body. This awareness helps you spot and counteract the first signs of the muscular stressthat accompanies stress. And as your body relaxes, so will your mind. You can combine deep breathing with progressive muscle relaxation for an additional level of stress relief.
  • Visualization. In this relaxation technique, you form mental images to take a visual journey to a peaceful calming place. During visualization, try to use as many senses as you can, including smell, sight, sound and touch. If you imagine relaxing at the beach, for instance, think about such things as the smell of salt sea water, the sound of crashing waves and the warmth of the sun on you. You may want to close your eyes, sit in a quiet spot and loosen any tight or uncomfortable clothing.

Other common relaxation techniques include:

 

As you learn relaxation techniques, you’ll become more aware of muscle tension and other physical sensations of stress.  This can prevent stress from spiraling out of control.To get the most benefit out of relaxation techniques try to use with other positive lifestyle activities such as exercising, getting enough sleep, and being around positive family members and friends.

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