Stress is one of the leading factors, which leads to health related problems in the 21st century. The economy, your job, family, finances, and even your health can cause one to have stress. When we encounter stress our bodies release chemical hormones, which flood our blood stream causing chemical reactions to determine how we react next. When these hormones overload our bodies because they are continuing to be released due to high stress situations they can have a negative effect on the body. Excessive stress can lead to conditions such as fatigue, heart disease, depression, anxiety, sleeping problems, high blood pressure, ulcers, migraines, and many more. Most people try to mask their stress by drinking alcohol, doing drugs or letting loose. However just like stress these bad habits can lead to their own set of health and non-health related problems. The best way to reduce stress is through relaxation techniques. Once you learn to reduce your stress its easier to compartmentalize and find ways to minimize your stress.
Relaxation techniques to reduce stress should be used along side positive coping methods such as exercise, getting enough sleep and have support from your friends and family. Relaxation is the process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. Relaxation techniques refocus ones attention away from stress onto something calmer. They also increase awareness of ones body. Most relaxation techniques are free or low cost, pose little risk, proved health benefits and can be done almost anywhere. Besides reducing ones stress, relaxation techniques provide other health benefits such as slowing the heart rate, slowing breathing, lower blood pressure, increasing blood flow, reducing muscle tension and chronic pain, improving concentration, decreasing anger and frustration and boosting confidence. Learning relaxation techniques takes time. Find which technique works best for your personality and practice it. Overtime you will become accustomed and it will come naturally to you.
Autogenic Relaxation- Autogenic relaxation techniques use both visual imagery and body awareness to reduce stress. Autogenic relaxation comes from within you. You can repeat words, make suggestion in your mind and imagine a peaceful setting, control your breathing or feel different physical sensation sin your body. The point is that whatever you do its something from within you to reduce stress, relax your mind and reduce muscle tension.
Progressive muscle relaxation- Progressive muscle relaxation focuses on slowly tensing and then relaxing each muscle group in the body. Stress, anger, frustration and anxiety cause the muscle to tighten up and without the essential compounds within the body those muscles can stay tight. With progressive muscle relaxation you can become aware of the difference between muscle tension and relaxation. You can start from the head all the way down to the toes or vice versa. Tense each muscle for five seconds then…