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Relaxation Techniques

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If you are like me you are always on the move and feeling like they are not enough hours in the day for you to complete everything. Many times this builds up to stress in all of us.

I know a few years ago I was told that my stress levels were too high and that I needed to find a way to relieve it. I did not want to use a lot of mediation so I looked into natural stress relieving techniques. These techniques can help you manage the affects that stress can have on the body as well as the mind. These techniques can help your physical well being stress can turn into serious health issues and you need to take control of it before it get out of hand.

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Relaxation Techniques

Visualization Technique

This technique is very easy and will only take a few minutes and the benefits can be great. Find a quiet place where you can rest, then get into a comfortable position, whether this is on the floor or in your bed. Keep your television, cell phone and computer off for this period of time, you need to avoid distractions. Once you are settled, close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply. As you breathe in, imagine that you are ‘inhaling peace,’ that is, imagine that peace is filling you up, coming in through your lungs and circulating around your body. Then exhale, visualize all the stress and negativity leaving your body through your nose and mouth. After several repetitions, you should feel your stress significantly lessened.

Guided Imagery

Guided imagery uses the power of visualization of a peaceful environment to revitalize or calm your mind. You just imagine yourself going down a different path, you look forward to where you want to be and let everything go. This is  a deep relaxed state. It is easy to do, but might a bit difficult to start, you can always get a tape to help you with the process.

Deep Breathing

This is a technique that you can do at any time. It is all about controlling your breathing when it becomes too shallow or fast. When you breathe in deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends a message to the body. This allows your heart rate and blood pressure to be lowered

Yoga

The practice of yoga dates back to ancient times. Yoga involves stretching the body and forming different poses, while keeping breathing slow and controlled. The body becomes relaxed and energized at the same time. There are various styles of yoga, some moving through the poses more quickly, almost like an aerobic workout, and other styles relaxing deeply into each pose. Some have a more spiritual angle, while others are used purely as a form of exercise.

Meditation

This practice also dates back to ancient times and it can be a little harder to do. It involves having you mind, body and spirit connected. During meditation, you try and focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thought that are in your mind and causing you stress. At times you are told you repeat a calming word over and over to help eliminate distracting thoughts. This technique I found every difficult for me because I could never get my mind to stop working. However, if you are able to use this practice you will find that you feel healthy, and peaceful, relaxed and rejuvenated.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy can be used to reduce stress and relaxation. Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.

Relaxing can be very difficult for all of us, I know it is hard for me. If you are interested in learning more about these techniques, I recommend the book Happiness by Thich Nhat Hannh. It goes into deeper details of how you can more effectively use these techniques.

What are your tips to relax your body and get the energy you need?

Denise Hi, my name is Denise. I currently live in New Jersey, but I am a New Yorker by heart. I grew up in Brooklyn. I am a blogger who is interested in teaching people how to save money on things you use everyday. My blog will focus on ways to spend smarter, and a way to harness your creativity by doing your crafts for different holidays and to keep the children busy. I also work with companies in reviewing products for them and sharing a lot of those findings on social media. Lots of times they are giveaways associated with those product reviews, so you can try it also.

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