What is relaxation?
Relaxation is not a new trendy idea that somebody invented. It is rather a state that most of us humans have forgotten and definitely a state that we would feel better being in more often. We were all born with the ability to relax, but most of us lost it on the way to adulthood. Most of us tense more muscles than necessary far too much of the time in our daily lives. Using your body’s energy in this way will make you stiff, exhausted and droopy. Now it is time to recapture and train your relaxation skills!
Let your muscles rest
Relaxation is about becoming conscious of the differences between a tensed and a relaxed muscle. When you relax, in the proper meaning of the word, you are completely at ease. You let your muscles rest completely and release all imaginable tension in them. Being relaxed does not exactly mean complete freedom from all tension. A certain amount of tension is necessary for muscles to work economically, that is, with the necessary amount of power. On the other hand, you need to let go of as much tension as possible in order to find the relaxed state.
Spring cleaning of the nervous system
It is important to know that you always have the control over your own relaxation. If you should experience discomfort during the relaxation exercise you can just take a deep breath and open your eyes.
Stress release can, to begin with, cause some discomfort in the form of short periods when you might feel tired, sad, depressed, irritated, worried or angry. This is a natural reaction to the house cleaning being done in the nervous system. Lack of sleep or suppressed fatigue may also emerge, and some people experience aching muscles in the beginning. These reactions are normal and completely different for each individual. They usually pass fairly quickly.
Some of the most common physical effects of relaxation are that your heart beats slower, breathing frequency is lowered; you breathe more slowly and use less oxygen. The level of lactic acid in your blood is lowered. High blood pressure is lowered after a period of regular training. Your skin temperature increases because circulation in your blood vessels is better. Your level of endorphin, the body’s own morphine, increases.
In the long run, relaxation strengthens your immune system, which improves your ability to heal and recover from infection.
A feeling of rejuvenation
A moment’s relaxation allows you to truly rest. It will give you a feeling of rejuvenation. It may be used for empowering yourself before a particular challenge.
- Your ability to concentrate will increase and you will have greater access to earlier knowledge.
- You will feel more energetic, happier and calmer.
- It will be easier for you to handle stressful situations.
- You will understand your own feelings and reactions better.
- You will become more conscious of yourself, gaining greater insights about and greater access to your own inner resources.
- You will see the opportunities open to you more clearly and you will become more sensitive to your body’s signals.
- You will create fewer unnecessary conflicts.
- You will be a better listener, and you will be more sensitive to your own and other’s needs and opinions.
- You will also find that you are a whole lot closer to a good laugh.
A few weeks of training
Relaxation comes from inside, there is no way to force it from the outside. You cannot command another person to relax and you cannot force yourself to relax. But you can allow yourself to let go of unnecessary tension.
Relaxing is simple, but the results aren’t noticeable the first few times you try it. It can take a few weeks before you feel that truly deep sense of rest, both physically and mentally, when you relax.
You will know when the relaxation is working when your arms and legs feel heavy, and when your body feels calm, and warm.
The most common problem with relaxation is the aversion to even trying. It is hard to believe that something so simple can do so much good for you isn’t it?
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