There is power in relaxation. When you take the opportunity to breathe deeply and purposefully relax. Stop reading, close your eyes and focus on your breathe. Once you open you open your eyes notice if your heart beat has changed. You activate your parasympathetic nervous system which activities when the body is at rest. This aspect of your nervous system by slowing the heartbeat, constricting the bronchi of the lungs and stimulating the digestive.
Another use tool a simple, natural, and effortless procedure practiced is mindfulness or meditation. You can practice 15-20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. It’s the most widely practiced, most researched, and most effective method of self-development.
When faced with numerous responsibilities and tasks or the demands of an illness, relaxation techniques may take a back seat in your life. But that means you might miss out on the health benefits of relaxation.
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
When you relax you are able to make decisions from a more conscious perspective and you handle everything in a more calm and relaxed. To get the most benefit, use relaxation techniques along with other positive coping methods, such as exercising, getting enough sleep, and reaching out to supportive family and friends.