2-Minute Guide for Total Relaxation
By Nina Syahira
October 20, 2015
You can’t beat stress if you don’t take the time to chill out!
Stress is something we all deal with every day. But before we let it affect us negatively, we must learn how to handle stress by allowing ourselves time to relax.
Taking short breaks throughout the day doesn’t equate to shirking responsibilities. In fact, clarity of the mind helps you to make better decisions. Other benefits of relaxation include boosting memory, lowering the risk of stroke and also controlling the body’s cortisol (a.k.a. the stress hormone) levels to curb appetite, thus resisting unhealthy junk food.
Getting a massage is a great way to relax.
There are plenty of ways to relax, from listening to your favourite music and playing sports to enjoying a massage. However, if you’re pressed for time and need a quicker but still effective method, try the progressive muscle relaxation technique!
Mental stress may lead to physical stress (e.g. headaches and tense shoulders) without you realising. With this technique, you will learn how major muscle group parts should feel when they are tensed or relaxed, which help to isolate problem areas.
If you are suffering any injury in the affected muscle group, go gentle or consult a medical professional first.
The deep breathing method.
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1. Check your breathing.
Make sure you’re breathing right by using your diaphragm (deep breathing) instead of just your chest (shallow breathing). Knowing the correct way of breathing not only helps you for this exercise but also in general. Start off by breathing in for 5 whole seconds before breathing out for another 5 seconds. Continue this pattern for the rest of this guide.
2. Find a quiet environment.
In order to de-stress, you need to eliminate as many distractions around you as you can. That means, no mobile phones or other electronic devices!
3. Learn to control your thoughts.
Relaxing does not mean doing nothing; it’s an activity that helps change your focus to relieve stress. So forget your troubles for now and concentrate only on your breathing and the progressive muscle relaxation exercises.
Now, you’re ready! You can choose to start from head to toe (top to bottom) or work your way up. Take 10 seconds for each body part. For example, raise your eyebrows as high as you can while breathing in for 5 seconds then let go, breathing out for another 5 seconds. Repeat for the rest. Remember to drink plenty of water to avoid muscle cramp during the exercises and b r e e e e a t h e….
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