We hear it said that stress is the number one problem in our society. Stress is necessary – for without stress nothing would be accomplished. We need a challenge, which takes us out of a state of equilibrium and these things that challenge us are called stress factors.
There are positive and negative stress factors.
Positive stress factors such as a sporting event, concert, or humorous film are enjoyed and when the event is over there is no residual tension remaining in our body and mind.
Negative stress factors such as divorce, family death, sickness or financial or work related worries – when the challenge has passed these factors leave residual tension, which accumulates and soon causes breakdowns in body and mind systems.
Stress starves the body of oxygen.
The first system that is affected is the thinking system. This is because when we are tense the blood does not flow as readily through our body. Thus resulting in decreased supplies of oxygen to the brain. We find it hard to concentrate. Recall is more difficult and we get things mixed up and out of proportion. Judgment is impaired.
The next system to be affected is the body and if we are subjected to prolonged and unrelenting stress this causes disease within the body often resulting in maladies such as cancer, heart attacks, high blood pressure and more.
Scientific research studies have shown that excessive stress over a prolonged period can lead to mental and physical illness, including depression, hypertension, nervous breakdown and heart disease.
Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms by:
- Slowing your heart rate
- Lowering blood pressure
- Slowing your breathing rate
- Increasing blood flow to major muscles
- Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
- Improving concentration
- Reducing anger and frustration
- Boosting confidence to handle problems
TV and glass of wine doesn’t cut it.
One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to practice true relaxation regularly. When I say true relaxation I mean an exercise that will relax both the body and the mind. Most people think that sitting down to watch television or having a glass of wine is enough to relax but these things do not truly relax the mind. For while we are doing these things our minds can still be churning with thoughts and worries. Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, and you might not even know it yet.
Relaxation is a process that decreases the wear and tear on your mind and body from the challenges and rigors of daily life. Deep relaxation techniques can greatly reduce stress symptoms, helping you enjoy a better quality of life. When we relax completely we enter a state of wonderful peace of mind and body often referred to by the medical profession as the ‘healing state.’
I have created my own Relaxation Exercise, which takes less than 10 minutes to complete. It is most important to practice this exercise everyday as it assists in reducing the build up of residual tension and it gives you a tool to help reduce your levels of tension at will throughout the day.
It starts like this…
Now that you’re in a comfortable position of your choice I want you to close your eyes and I want you to take 3 deep breaths with me………….
The recording is a count down, count back exercise from five to nought.
Once you have practiced this exercise 10 or 12 times you’ll find that you are relaxing faster than the recording. You’ll be well ahead of my words and you’ll realise your inner mind – your subconscious mind has mastered the exercise.
- Lie down, close your eyes, take 3 deep breaths, and say silently in your mind:
“I am going to relax myself. I am going to count from 5 to nought and on or before the count of nought, I will be totally relaxed, completely relaxed, in body and mind. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0.
When this is done for one week, you’ll find yourself relaxing even quicker so shorten the method.
- Take three deep breaths, and say silently in your mind:
“I am going to relax myself. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0”.
Then after another week, take a deep breath, and think “Relax”. And you find that you get the same relaxed feeling as when using the recording.
Practice this at least 8 times per day.
Take your first step and contact me now to discuss how I may assist you, or to purchase your own copy of my Relaxation Exercise. Everyone who consults me receives their own Relaxation Exercise included as part of my programme.