Relaxation may be one of the most important keys to our mental health and physical wellbeing. If we are constantly tense thought the the day our health can quickly suffer considerably.
So what happens when we experience relaxation?
When we relax, it allows our mind and body to unwind. Our heart beat slows and blood pressure reduces. The blood flows more easily as our muscle tension decreases. Your breathing slows down setting up a chain reaction that runs through your mind and body. That relaxation creating a feeling of calm and wellness.
Many of the clients that I have worked with have noticed the benefits of being able to relax on cue. Some have learnt techniques that help trigger this state. For others I have created audio files, to listen to which activate those calm, comfortable feelings inside. As their skills of relaxation continue to improve they often notice how much more energy they have. A resource of energy available to them just when they need it and because they can use these skills at bedtime, they notice just how much more easily and productively they can sleep. The effects of this continue to spread out, making small but important differences at first and continue making positive changes as your skills improve. More often than not, our concentration is enhanced, allowing us to solve problems more easily with smoother and more comfortable emotional responses. Our immune system also benefits from this. Research has shown, relaxation may help ward off disease by making people less susceptible to viruses, and by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In asthmatics, relaxation training has been found to widen restricted respiratory passages. In some diabetics, relaxation can reduce the need for insulin. In many patients with chronic, unbearable pain, the relaxation training has brought about significant relief.
So make some time each day to spend a few minutes relaxing. You might be surprised how much you are missing out.
If you are having problems relaxing at the right time, consult your local Cognitive Hypnotherapist. You can find them here on the Quest Institute Therapist Finder.